Going for a walk is literally one of my favourite things to do in the world. And it’s often overlooked as a way to get some exercise in or in an attempt to get fit. But actually, walking is really good for your body and is pretty good for your mental health too. Regular walks can help prevent type 2 diabetes, can help you to lose weight and can even help you to improve your creativity. This week I’m going to talk to you about a fantastic walking route in South Wales.
I wanted to go on a bit of walking challenge, so I wasn’t looking for a flat path. So my boyfriend and I decided to take a walk up to Pen Pych mountain, which it right at the end of the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. This mountain has quite a dramatic history, so I’m told. Allegedly, a Roman tribe wanted the land on the mountain during their expansion, but the Celtic people refused. The Romans then decided that they wanted the famous bulls from the tribe as a peace offering. But the Celtic people refused and instead of giving the Romans their bulls, the tribe threw the bulls off the cliff and then removed their heads and placed them on sticks as a warning to the Romans. Quite brave and quite an interesting back story, right? Well anyway, back to my walk.
Pen Pych is a very beautiful Welsh mountain. It’s not particularly all that challenging, however we really felt as if we’d had a workout when we came back down. My biggest bit of advice, wear comfy trainers because there are a lot of rocky patches. On the way up, we passed a waterfall after about 15 to 20 minutes of walking. The picture doesn’t do it enough justice because the lighting wasn’t on my side at this point.
After that, it wasn’t much further until we reached the top – although it was quite a steep hike as we came closer to the top. The mountain has a flat top, which means that we could see out across the whole of the Rhondda Valley.
The whole walk (including stopping time) took us about an hour and a half overall which was great. Not only was this a beautiful walk, but it also helped both of us to reach our daily target of 10,000 steps. If you don’t feel like going for a run or weight training or generally doing your normal exercise, go for a walk. There’s always different places to explore while you work on your fitness levels.