With over 340km of paths in the care of Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, there are no excuses not to make 2016 your year for walking.
Walking is an affordable and easy activity requiring no specific equipment and can help you to get fit, aid relaxation and see more of this wonderful part of Scotland.
Studies by the Stoke Association show that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.
Walking regularly can also cut the risk of type 2 diabetes and many types of cancer. There are even studies which show that regular walking can slow the onset of dementia. A lack of vitamin D affects many people in the UK, which has an impact on bone health and the immune system. Get outdoors and get your daily vitamin D hit.
Our 40 sites offer a huge range of walking experiences for everyone. Local Nature Reserves provide wild spaces where plants and animals, both common and rare, can thrive. In particular the reserves also offer unique opportunities to explore or study your local nature, or to simply enjoy a gentle walk.
If you prefer the coast, the Fife Coastal Path is Scotland’s oldest and longest and covers 117 miles through rich and varied landscapes from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Tay.
The average person walks at around three miles per hour and walking for just 30 minutes at that speed will burn around 100 calories. Walking improves muscle tone too so a daily half an hour will soon define those calves and help to shed pounds, which leaves lots of scope for visiting one of Fife’s many fantastic cafes, restaurants and hotels for a celebratory scone!
Fifty one businesses along the Fife Coastal Path are designated Welcome Ports, offering information, advice and a range of facilities which could include catering, toilets and even water for your dog.
We care for 14 beaches along Fife’s Fringe of Gold and they offer windswept walks along deserted sands to full on family fun. Regardless of the weather, beaches are great places to explore from beach combing to rock pooling and paddling to photography. A brisk walk along the sands is a great way to energise.
So make your trip to Fife all about walking and discover more.
Blog by Sarah Rankin, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.