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New year walk may be great resolution

Posted 28 December 2012
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New year walk may be great resolution
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With new year fast approaching, many people will have some resolutions in mind. Some of these will last as long as the first chocolate, cigarette or other moment of weakness, but there are also positive ones people can pledge and spend 2013 fulfilling.

For those who want to go walking more, new year could be a perfect opportunity. A day off work, a chance to burn off some festive calories and, hopefully, a nice dry, crisp winter day can combine to offer a great opportunity to start the new year in style.

The Ramblers has been running a season of festive walks around the country, with New Year's Day set to have plenty of choices for walkers.

People living in or within striking distance of the Peak District will, for example, have a choice of two walks near Chatsworth. A gentle six-mile stroll near the village of Rowsley and an eight-mile "In search of the ER" walk starting close to Chatsworth Hall itself are on the agenda.

Those heading for the outdoors with their walking boots in the north-east may find a 4.5-mile trek at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham is just the thing, while in South Yorkshire, there is a five-mile "New Year's Day Hangover Walk" around the village of Wentworth for those who overdid it the previous night but prefer fresh air to hair-of-the-dog.

Opportunities to enjoy walks abound in the south as well. Those up for a big one can take on a 14-mile trek starting at Axmouth on the Channel coast of Devon. In the south-east, options include a ten-mile trek around Eastling Church Country Park, near Maidstone in Kent.

These are just a few of the many options, but those who are preparing for a year of walking might want to make sure they are well equipped for the months ahead, to avoid being put off by bad experiences.

That means waterproofs to avoid being soaking wet, crampons if heading for mountains when there is snow and ice about, good walking boost to protect ankles from being sprained and to keep feet in good order, thermals for cold days and cotton walking trousers to stay warm on chilly days and cool when the weather warms up.