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Plan A Camping Trip To A UK National Park

The UK has 15 national parks, each of which boasts its own unique landscapes and attractions. Out and About Live recently suggested that going on a camping trip in one of these beautiful places is the perfect way to holiday in 2019.

Running through each national park in turn, the news provider highlighted some of their top attractions, as well as suggesting a campsite for an affordable getaway.

If you’re looking for things to do in Staffordshire, you should put the Peak District National Park on your list.

The park itself spans 555 square miles, and stretches into four UK counties, of which Staffordshire is just one. It’s well known for being a top hiking destination and there are some spectacular routes to follow.

But the news provider also points out that the park is famous for its foodie connections too. One of the best-known delicacies to come out of the area is the Bakewell pudding, named after the town it was invented in. You can’t take a trip to the Peak District without sampling this classic dish.

If you’re in the Staffordshire Peak District and fancy a little more of a challenge than hiking offers, you could arrange to go climbing at the Roaches. The two main gritstone outcrops are great for climbing, and offer stunning views once you reach the top.

Among the other national parks you can explore in the north of England are the North Yorkshire Moors, which boast coastline as well as rolling countryside, and the Lake District, which is home to the third highest peak in the UK – Scafell Pike.

4 Things To Do In Cheshire In 2019

There are all sorts of fun activities to get up to all over the UK but if you’re looking in particular for things to do in Cheshire next year, we here at Peak Pursuits have done some of the legwork for you and found what we think are some of the very best attractions. Let us know what you think.

Vale Royal Falconry Centre

For a day out with a difference, why don’t you try your hand at a spot of falconry? At the Falconry Centre you can get as involved as you like, either choosing to watch displays or book yourself onto an experience day so you can get really up close and personal with birds of prey.

Alderley Edge Woodland Walk

You start this walk at the local railway station just 12 miles south of Manchester and you’ll soon find yourself exploring a site of both archaeological and geological significance. There are some amazing views to behold, as well as an ancient mining history to discover and lots of intriguing local legends.

Spike Island Nature Reserve

Spike Island can be found on the Trans Pennine Trail, open parkland with a canal and lots of industrial archaeological items of interest. Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the British chemical industry, it was reclaimed as green space, wetlands and woodland between 1975 and 1982.

Spud Wood

Looking for a new place to walk the dogs? Check out Spud Wood in Lymm, where your pooches are sure to have a wonderful day out. It has seven Excellent rating reviews on TripAdvisor, and eight Very Good reviews, so you know you’re in for a treat.

Outdoor Activities ‘Not Just For Summer’

It’s important that you continue to encourage your children to play outside and do other outdoor activities even in the winter.

This is the assertion of an article for Business Insider, which highlighted scientific research that indicates it’s vital for children’s emotional, physical and mental health to spend time playing outdoors.

Speaking to the news provider Dr Robert Murray, a pediatrician, author and board member of Action for Healthy Kids, commented: “Our society has developed a fear of changing seasons, but there’s no distinct indoor and outdoor season.”

He acknowledged that it can feel like more of a hassle to get the whole family ready for an outdoor activity in the winter, because you need more layers and clothing, but he stressed that this shouldn’t prevent you from getting out and being active.

In fact, earlier this year a study conducted by Vauxhall Motors revealed that parents are worried that outdoor skills are dying out among their children.

Map reading and reading a compass were cited as the top two skills that parents believe are being lost, while identifying flowers, lighting a campfire and bird watching completed the top five.

Don’t worry though, as there are plenty of outdoor activities to do in Cheshire, so you’ll be able to find something that’s suitable for the whole family this winter.

Dr Murray added that the most important thing is to simply get outside and get some fresh air. For any parents who are worried about their children getting cold, he advised making sure they’re wrapped up in warm clothing. He also pointed out that they’ll let you know when they’re cold, so stressed this shouldn’t be an excuse to avoid getting outdoors.

Have You Visited The Plague Village Of Eyam?

As long as the wintry weather isn’t too inclement, anyone looking for outdoor activities in Derbyshire might find taking a trip to Eyam of particular interest.

The tale of this little village in the heart of the stunning Derbyshire countryside is an especially sad one, but a compelling one nonetheless…

Back in 1665, a tailor from the village ordered a box of materials from London to turn into clothes for the villagers. This tiny act led to 260 villagers dying from bubonic plague, more than double the mortality rate of Londoners during the Great Plague!

It’s a tale of extraordinary courage, however, because the villagers – led by the rector – took the brave decision to quarantine themselves and seal off the village from the surrounding areas to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Start your trip to Eyam by visiting the local museum, although you won’t be able to do so now until next year as it shut up shop for 2018 on November 11th.

If you visit in August, you can attend the Plague Memorial Service (taking place on the last Sunday of the month), when a procession led by the rector goes from the church to Cucklet Delf, where religious services were held during the plague.

Other places of interest worth seeing in Eyam include the Boundary Stone, St Lawrence’s Church and the Riley Graves. The latter is where the Hancock family lived and died, with the only surviving member being Mrs Hancock who was forced to bury her husband and six children.

How To Cope With SAD This Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as SAD – is a condition that affects many people in the UK. It’s a form of depression that is triggered by the shorter days at this time of year, which means we get less exposure to sunlight.

An article for Netdoctor recently offered some advice on how to tackle the condition if you’re someone who suffers as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder.

The news provider noted that one of the best ways to treat SAD is to get as much exposure to natural light as possible. That means getting outside, even if only for a short walk, is a good way to help boost your mood and get some exposure to that all-important sunlight.

Exercise and staying physically active has also been found to help those who suffer from the condition. The website points out that, although you may be tempted to snuggle up indoors, the best thing you can do is stay active because this “can help lift your mood and boost energy levels”.

Combining being outdoors with exercising is a great way to lift your mood. Look into the outdoor activities on offer in Staffordshire to see if there’s anything that appeals to you.

Climbing could be a great option, because it provides a full-body workout and even if the weather isn’t brilliant there are plenty of indoor climbing walls where you can practice, work up a sweat and have fun.

It’s even been recommended recently as one of the best alternatives to the gym, because it helps you burn calories while toning your muscles and losing fat.

Could Childhood Obesity Be Linked To Poor Performance At School?

Parents might be even more interested in booking adventure activities in Derbyshire for their kids after scientists have revealed there could be a connection between childhood obesity and poor performance at school.

A study was presented at the American Academy Of Paediatrics 2018 National Conference & Exhibition last weekend (November 3rd), which suggested youngsters who are obese might not have the skills to cope with challenging situations, which could affect their academic results in the future.

Science Daily reported how researchers used data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health to see whether there is a connection between body mass index (BMI) of children aged between ten and 17 years old, and the development of positive psychological and coping skills.

Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Natasha Gill said: “The negative relationship between obesity and flourishing markers suggest that when compared to children with a normal BMI, obese youth may be less likely to develop healthy relationships, positive attitudes, a sense of purpose and responsibility, and interest in learning.”

According to the study, only 27.5 of youngsters with a BMI at the 95th percentile or above have all five flourishing markers of overall wellbeing. This is in comparison with 36.5 per cent of those who are overweight with a BMI at the 85th percentile, and 39 per cent of children with a healthy BMI.

One way parents could encourage their children to lose weight is by finding a type of exercise they enjoy doing. Something they might not have considered before is rock climbing, with the Daily Star recently revealing up to 900 calories can be burned an hour doing this type of strenuous activity.