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Porter’s are known to walk an average of between 15 and 18 miles Every. Single. Day!
We thought, what better way to highlight this incredible effort by porter’s across the nation than to talk about joyful walks you can do to relax, get some fresh air and help improve your mental health in a natural environment removed from the stresses of the world.
With that in mind, here are our favourite walks across the UK – hopefully something for everybody!
(in no particular order…)
The entire route from Glencoe to Fort William is breath-taking and you honestly won’t know where to do a walk as you’re that spoilt for choice with incredible scenery in every direction you look. The Three Sisters of Glencoe are a place you can walk through the Lost Valley which will give you some of the best views of the area – the walk is about 2.5 miles and the terrain takes in a rocky path, which can be steep for some in parts, so maybe one for more assured walkers. You can even go skiing up this mountain range! image: visitscotland
2. Isle of Skye
The entirety of the Isle of Skye is a beautiful walk waiting to happen – highlights include the Fairy Pools and The Old Man of Storr but we would advise taking in the sites of Quairaing and The Fairy Glen, both of which are like visions from a fairytale, you will not believe the sights you are witnessing. All 4 sites can be visited in one day (with transportation) though, so plenty of time to take in all the lovely sights Isle of Skye has to offer. image: visitscotland
3. Glenfinnan, Scotland
Harry Potter fans will absolutely love this walk – you can do a variety of different walks around the Glenfinnan area and there are many differing start points, but it’s the end point of one of the walks which captures all the attention. The actual Glenfinnan Trail is about 2.5 miles and takes you along a pathway under the Glenfinnan viaduct and up the hillside to see panoramic views of Loch Shiel and the perfect vantage point to the Jacobite Steam Train aka The Hogwart’s Express pass over the viaduct, both of which are featured in four of the Harry Potter films. image: discoveringbritain.org
4. Buttermere, Lake District, Cumbria
A lovely 4 and a half mile circular route around Buttermere Lake – no big climbs for this one, just a nice gentle stroll around a scenic route, with the towering hillside around you. Utter bliss, total perfection.
5. Yorkshire Wolds Way, East Yorkshire
We’re pretty biased when it comes to this one – depending which way you choose to do the walk, you either start or end not very far from our office! Gentle sloping wolds along an arc-like route which takes you through sleepy villages, rural countryside, woodland and the coast at Filey – you even take in the sights of the unique art trail along the route as well as the magnificent feat of engineering that is the Humber Bridge. 79 Miles long, meaning this one is usually done in 3-6 parts, but an adventure you won’t forget. image: visiteastyorkshire
6. Snowdon, Wales
Mount Snowdon (apologies to any Welsh people who are looking to change its name!) is a great one to climb with 6 different options with varying difficulty, so a route for people of all abilities and takes roughly 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit. There’s even a mountain railway to take you to the top if you really can’t be bothered (but, Shh! This is a post about walking!!). Even if you don’t wish to ascend the mountain, there are many walks surrounding it which are just as great as the ones going upwards – but beware, it’s said the red dragon who adorns the Welsh flag lives in a lair in this location!
7. The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
With multiple routes of differing distances ranging between 3.5 miles to 7.5 miles, this location has something for everyone, the fact it is so far South it’s more likely to be sunny than elsewhere in the UK and has beautiful scenery throughout all walks is just an added bonus! An amazing coastal walk to blow off the cobwebs and worries, feeling like you could be a world away - coupled with that refreshing sea breeze, it’s like going on a yoga retreat without the bendy bits! image: visitcornwall
8. Derwent Valley, Peak District
This 4 miles loop takes in some amazing scenery and some fantastic features in the form of Ladybower Reservoir, the Derwent Dam and at certain times of the year, the lost underwater village of Derwent. image: bbc.co.uk
Mark Edwards worked as a porter and then as a porter supervisor for nearly 3 years at Hull Royal Infirmary (part of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, a large Acute Trust and one of the UK’s 27 Major Trauma Centres), working his way up to become porter manager where he spent an additional 5 years in the role. He was a member of the team at Hull which worked collaboratively with the team at Global View, as part of more than 100 Trust’s across the country who helped with feedback in the development of MyPorter, Global View’s porter task management software solution, which saw it’s first install within the hospital Mark worked in. Fast-forward 9 months and Mark has now taken the leap to leave behind the NHS for a role at Global View in a move which he sees as a case of “leaving the NHS to help the NHS”. Mark is leaving behind his beloved portering team within the NHS as he sees the opportunity at Global View as a route to be able to help the NHS in a bigger way, having seen first-hand how much benefit the MyPorter system can bring to a Trust, and he wants to use his knowledge and experiences with it to bring it to the attention of more hospitals across the country who he truly believes will see the benefits and reap the rewards from it, and overall help improve the NHS, the portering service as a whole and more importantly, patient care and experience. “It might seem odd to say that I feel I needed to leave the NHS to help the NHS, but effectively that is what I am doing. I want to teach other hospitals about how much of an impact the MyPorter system had at Hull and what it can do for their portering teams – it really did revolutionise the portering team there and brought the service into the 21st century. Before MyPorter, in certain areas of the hospital, jobs were written as magnetic notes and stuck to a board with no visibility of porter’s, number of tasks or records to show peaks in demand” said Mark Edwards. In the 9 months that Mark has been using MyPorter with his portering teams, Hull Royal Infirmary has expanded its acute bed space with the opening of an extension, seeing the addition of about 40-50 new beds. Before, they may have had to take on extra portering staff to ensure these new beds were catered for, but with the use of MyPorter allowing them to plan better, coupled with the improved efficiency they saw from using it, it meant they were able to cope with the staff already available to them. Mark added: “One of the things I like to say to people from other portering teams who visited us at Hull (to see what it is like to use MyPorter in a real life setting) is that increased capacity doesn’t always mean there is a need for increased staff, and that’s all thanks to the way MyPorter works – the data and insights it provided us with, enabled us to make the right decisions at the right time”. Mark knows from experience that doing a difficult job in difficult circumstances isn’t easy, and although the NHS are battling hard to maintain their successes, from the knowledge Mark has gained in his role as a porter manager, he knows Global View have created a tool that can help the NHS battle this pandemic, the aftermath and continue to support them well into the future. “What I liked about Global View as a porter manager is that it was obvious from the beginning that they want to help you and look to do this by building a long-term partnership with you to ensure your hospital’s portering teams are running as effectively as possible” said Mark. In addition to Hull and Sunderland Royal Hospital (who have recently agreed to roll the system out across their entire site, after initially starting solely within the Radiology Department), other hospitals such as Barnsley, Leighton and Walsall have also being reaping the benefits of such a partnership and now the MyPorter family has grown rapidly with the additions of 8 further hospitals who are live or due to go live over the next couple of months. Mark is now on this side of the fence, and he is looking forward to building on this further, as well as being able to tell those who are yet to find out about MyPorter all about his belief in its ability and what it can do for their Trust. To chat to Mark or another member of the MyPorter team at Global View, please email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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