Calorie killing walks to combat Britain's favourite dishes
With summer just around the corner we will all be thinking about our beach bodies. But we still fancy a treat now and again, maybe with a full english breakfast or an afternoon tea with friends. But of course, don’t want to feel the food guilt afterwards, so a brisk walk with make you feel guilt free.
Working off our calorie consumption always springs to mind when we overindulge, but sometimes the thought of hitting the gym doesn’t quite cut it, and a nice walk in the sun and fresh air, with walking boots, shorts, backpack and jacket at the ready, is the perfect way to counteract those calories, soak up the sun and lift your mood in the great outdoors.
On average, you can burn 100-200 calories during a 30-minute walk and cover 1.5 to 2 miles in that time. You'd have to walk for five hours or for a distance of at least 7.5 miles to burn 1,000 calories.
To keep the weight off, ‘calorie deficit’ is the buzz word, so here at TOG24 we have done the leg work (excuse the pun) and researched how many steps some of the most popular walking routes in Great Britain will take to kill the calorie consumption. There are also apps like Go Jauntly to inspire you to get outdoors and the newly extended coastal path named after King Charles III.
But below we outline some of the most popular UK meals and some of the most famous walking routes in the UK. That means you can find the perfect walk for the dish you’ve eaten to burn those calories off.*, **
Shepard’s Pie – approximately 636 calories
Beef Wellington – approximately 427 calories
Fish and Chips - approximately 842 calories
Chicken Tikka Masala – approximately 650 calories
Steak and Kidney Pie – approximately 459 calories
Veggie Shepherd’s Pie With Sweet Potato Mash – approximately 340 calories
Afternoon Tea – approximately 1000-1500 calories (Depending on how much you eat!)
Cornish Pasty - approximately 774 calories
A Full English Breakfast – approximately 807 calories
A Sunday Roast – approximately 1000 calories
Remember, this is just these dishes. If you choose to add a dessert, then there could be even more calories to shift and should you choose to complement your meal with a glass of beer or wine, you’ll need to take that into account as well.
1. Hadrian’s Wall Path: Housesteads to Sycamore Gap
One day, 5 miles, approximately 500 calories burnt.
Burns off a Veggie Shepherds pie with a few calories to spare!
2. Offa’s Dyke: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye
One long day, 17 miles, approximately 1700 calories burnt.
Burns enough calories for you to enjoy a Sunday Roast to the max
3. The Cleveland Way: Staithes to Robin Hood’s Bay
One day, 18 miles, approximately 1800 calories burnt
The world is your oyster on this walk. Eat whatever you want!
4. Southern Upland Way: Over the Galloway Hills
Two days, 22 miles approximately, 2200 calories burnt
Snack on some Cornish pasties to keep you going on the walk
5. The Ridgeway: Overton Hill to Sparsholt Firs
Two days, 25 miles, approximately, 2500 calories burnt
A full English should set up for this, plus a few snacks too!
6. Norfolk Coast Path: Cromer to Sheringham
One day, 4.3 miles, approximately 430 calories burnt
Make sure you only keep to ONE slice of Beef Wellington to keep those calories under control.
7. Thames Path: Marlow to Cookham
One day, 5 miles, approximately 500 calories burnt
Take a steak and kidney pie on this walk and you’ll just about make it – calorie wise!
8. Cotswold Way: Stroud to Dursley
One day, 10 miles approximately 1000 calories burnt
Treat yourself to a Sunday Roast when you complete this wonderful walk.
9. South Downs Way: Lewes to Ditchling
One day 7.5 miles, approximately 740 calories burnt
Chicken Tikka Masala is the dish to give you the energy you need without the calories!
10. Pennine Way: Kinder Scout Loop
One day, 10.5 miles, approximately 1050 calories burnt
Fish and Chips could be the perfect treat once you’ve completed this walk
** Calories can fluctuate depending on serving and consumption
* Most popular British dishes from the British Study centre