Embark on a New Adventure to Beat the January Blues: National Forest Virtual Trek 2024
12th Jan 2024
With Blue Monday here, often dubbed the 'most depressing day of the year', many find themselves abandoning their resolutions, battling financial woes, and grappling with less-than-ideal weather. But fear not! Instead of succumbing to the gloom, lace up your walking shoes and embark on a physical adventure that promises to uplift your spirits – the National Forest Virtual Trek 2024.
Designed to be inclusive and accommodating for all ages and fitness levels, the trek challenges you to walk a grand total of 75 miles over three months, from January through March. Whether you prefer a solo journey or crave the company of friends and family, you can participate at your own pace at times that work for you.
Beyond being a physical adventure, the challenge places a strong emphasis on overall wellbeing. In the midst of post-Christmas gloom and the weight of New Year's resolutions, the trek provides a breath of fresh air, encouraging you to stay active and have fun.
While the National Forest Way, which was home to the original Trek, serves as the featured route, you are welcome to explore footpaths and trails near to you to complete the 75-mile challenge.
There’s an online interactive map which helps you to track your progress and, as each stage is completed, your own personalised icon moves along the map of the National Forest Way. Reaching major milestones unlocks vibrant images, accompanied by interesting information about features along the route. Upon completion of the full challenge, you will receive a special e-certificate celebrating your incredible achievement.
Whether walking solo or with family or friends, you can sign up individually or form teams, fostering a sense of camaraderie and support throughout the experience. Corporate teams can take advantage of the team tracking feature, displaying each member’s individual icon on the interactive map, emphasising collective progress.
While there's no obligation to fundraise, if you feel inspired to add an extra layer of motivation, there are three recommended charities – The National Forest, The National Memorial Arboretum, and Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund – who would be delighted with your support.
While the official completion date for the challenge is March 31, you can enter at any time and of course, the National Forest Way, with 12 distinct stages covering the 75 miles, can be enjoyed at any time of year.
To sign up and embark on your virtual trekking experience, visit nationalforesttrek.co.uk
The National Forest Virtual Trek isn't just a challenge; it's a celebration of nature, community, and personal accomplishment.
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