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Health Benefits - National Trail

Physical Health

  • Builds muscle in the hips, thighs and buttocks, and also improves posture.
  • As bones get stronger and joints become more mobile, mobility will improve and you will suffer fewer aches and pains.
  • Helps build stamina as muscles, heart and respiratory systems get stronger.

Mental Health

  • Walking helps develop resilience to stress with added benefits of reducing anxiety and depression.
  • It is a great way to get out, be inspired by some great scenery and clear your head and give you time to think.
  • Getting fit can be a great way to build confidence and self-esteem.

Rehab and Recovery

  • You can walk at a pace and distance that suits you and then easily build these up.
  • If you need to rest then visit places where there are places to sit such as our Wheelchair walks.
  • If you are concerned that you may need assistance, let someone know that you are going for a walk, choose places that are not too remote and are popular with other walkers.
  • Walking over rough and sloping terrain can help to develop your flexibility and help with co-ordination reducing the risk of falls. Please ensure you wear strong footwear that includes ankle support and a grip.


  • Walks are an excellent way to learn about your local area and take in the scenery.
  • A terrific family activity, especially if you include other activities such as mini-beast hunts or fun challenges along the way.
  • There are so many fantastic walking groups you can join, or even set up your own!
  • Many organisations including the National Park Authority are looking for volunteers to lead walks, if interested please contact us.

Weight management

  • Walking is a superb way of losing weight and keeping it off.
  • Walking at moderate pace (e.g. three miles an hour) can burn up to 300 calories an hour.
  • 30 minutes of walking at this pace equals about 150 calories

Healthy You

Pembrokeshire offers many ways of improving your health, from increasing stamina/strength, losing weight or improving your positive mental health and wellbeing.


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