Get hiking this November with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at one of their challenging winter Hearts First Hikes.
Set in wonderful locations across the UK, the Hikes range from 9 to 17 miles with a medal and a very warm welcome at the end.
Taking place on 4th November, the 9 mile Kielder Forest Walk starts at Kielder Castle, a former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland and takes a circular route through beautiful areas of Europe's largest forest; the open moorland, forest floor and lakeside paths.
Further south in Derbyshire, our 17 mile High Peak Trail on the 18th November traverses the Peak District along a former railway line.
The route crosses the limestone plateau of the White Peak with dramatic vistas, woody knolls, mysterious mounds and stone circles, and is a haven for rich animal and plant life. 17 miles may not be a marathon but in November in Derbyshire it's a serious challenge.
In the South East we have two fantastic Hikes, new for 2007 on the 10th November. Our 12.5 mile Hike along the South Downs Way National Trail starts in Petersfield, Hampshire and goes through some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.
The Chilterns Hike bisects the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire starting and finishing at the Ashridge Estate visitors centre.
The 17 mile circular route follows the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail with undulating terrain, dense woods, fantastic views of the surrounding area and plenty of wildlife on route (keep an eye out for the deer in the woods – there’s plenty of them!).
All of our Hearts First Hikes are sponsored events so that whilst you are improving your own heart health you are also helping the BHF save lives.
The BHF is the nation’s heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care and vital information. But we urgently need your help as we rely on the money you raise to continue our life-saving work.
So please get walking and get fundraising as together we can beat heart disease.