Shed the festive pounds

by Webmaster, 5th January 2021

Tramping your way to the top of a hill - be it small or large - is a great way to get some fresh air into those lungs and counter the Christmas excess

With all the indulgences of the festive season many of us will be feeling, we need to get out and shed a few of the pounds that inevitably accumulate at this time of year - to say nothing of the effect of yet lockdown on our waistlines. Frankly, there’s no easier or better way to do so than walking in the beautiful Welsh Border countryside, so what are you waiting for?

Our three post-Yuletide walks should help those lucky enough to be local to get rid of a few of those Christmas calories, as all of them have at least one stiff climb — although none are too long. And the reward for the hard work on all three is fine views across some of the Welsh Borders’ loveliest landscapes.

If you aren't local to our trio of treks, get hold of an OS map covering your area and find somewhere with a few inclines to get you puffing ever so slightly.

NB: Although at the time of writing most hotels, pubs and restaurants were closed, we've included them in our research, in the hope of a lifting of restrictions in the near future

ROUTE 1 - An easy loop through a mix of conifer and deciduous woodland east of the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire

ROUTE 2 - An exhilarating hike to the summit of Shropshire’s highest hill where you can enjoy views of much of the county

ROUTE 3 - The stiffest challenge of this month’s calorie-burning walks, with a particularly steep ascent up Moel y Gaer; the views across North Wales’ Clwydian Range are worth the effort. Trust us!


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