Why you should spend the weekend in the Peak District..

13th December 2016


1. It's closer than you think.
For Londoners: Get yourself out of bed early enough on a Saturday and you can reach the beautiful south side of the Peaks like the Dovedale Nature Reserve in less than 3 hours by car. If you don't drive or have access to a car, pick an area and check Virgin trains. You can be in the heart of the National Park in 3 hours from Euston station. That's not too bad right?!

2. It's stunning.
I'm yet to see and discover more of the area but what I have seen so far I absolutely loved. Rolling hills, moors, lakes & rivers, dramatic peaks and valleys, the landscape is so beautiful in every season. You can walk for miles and miles without hearing the sound of a car engine.

3. It's good for the soul.
Do you get to Friday afternoon at work feeling you're completely spent? Another reason to hit the Peak District. Whether you go away on a spa or active break, you'll come back fully recharged. Get used to not having mobile reception at most places but this will only help you to switch off.
According to Stephen Kaplan (Professor of Phychology at Michigan Uni) "The experience of nature helps to restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance and satisfaction." I second that.

4. Walk, run on ride on new trails
It's great to mix up our training and go running somewhere different than the usual athletics track, parkrun or whatever we have access to during the week. It won't just be an exciting new experience to explore trails but will bring back the love of exercising.

5. PUBS!
I'm sure this needs no explanation :) Food in the North is tasty. And will taste even better after a long hike!

Tips from Alex:
- stay in a hostel (cheaper & fantastic locations)
- take warm layers & waterproofs
- be flexible with your plan
- don't forget to smile and say hi...you're not on the tube.



*Kaplan, S. 1995. The Restorative Benefits of Nature: Toward An Integrative Framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology