ERDDIG near Wrexham has been named in the top 10 of “secret discovery” walks as part of a nationwide festival.
New research has found nearly a quarter of adults (22 per cent) say they rarely go for walks. But more than two-thirds (68 per cent) report a feeling of euphoria upon reaching a summit or a spectacular viewpoint.
A further eight out of 10 people said going walking made them feel happy, with two in three people saying they wished they went walking more often.
The survey was carried out to celebrate the Great British Walk festival this weekend.
To mark the occasion, the National Trust has revealed the country’s top 10 secret trails that can only be accessed by foot.
Its research found that despite people saying they enjoyed walking, 17 per cent say they never venture more than 500m from their car. Nearly a quarter admitted to walking less than five miles a month.
A further 19 per cent said they walk only five to 10 miles a month, with just seven per cent walking more than 50 miles.
The majority (89 per cent) said the best thing about the activity was simply the feeling of being in the fresh air. Nearly as many (84 per cent) said it was the places or things they discover en route.
Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) said they enjoy the memories made with friends and family, with 69 per cent revealing that walking leaves them feeling revived. The poll found nine out of 10 agreed the majority of children walk less now than they did when they were children, with 58 per cent saying they wished their children walked more.
The survey found that 70 per cent said they would like to go on more family walks together.
And it showed that more than a quarter of people blame their own fitness as the reason they do not walk as much as they would like, while nearly a third say they would if the weather was better.
The National Trust is encouraging everyone to join in with the campaign, get out for a walk and share their photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at #GBwalk this weekend.
Alex Hunt of the National Trust said: “The Great British Walk is all about celebrating the outdoors and discovering new places on foot.
“There is something magical about walking somewhere new and uncovering its story. The Great British Walk is the perfect way to join in and discover something new. We hope the nation use their feet to get outdoors and explore, and then share their photos with us.”