Adults in the East of England plan to beat the Christmas bulge by venturing out

Free cycle security markings in Louth.
Free cycle security markings in Louth.
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Nearly three out of five (59%) adults in the East of England plan to go for a walk or bike ride on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, according to research by charity Sustrans.

In a YouGov survey of over 2,000 UK adults, 62% of people in the East of England who plan to go for a walk or a bike ride over the Christmas period said walking and cycling would be a good way to burn off the festive drink and food overindulgence. Some saw it as an opportunity to de-stress, (23%) while others are looking to get some breathing space from family and friends (17%).

Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans said: “Research shows that the average person consumes 8,000 calories on Christmas Day, so it’s a relief to discover that over half of us plan to do some form of exercise over the holiday.

“The National Cycle Network stretches 14,500 miles across the UK which means families living out in the sticks or in the middle of the city can easily find a route and explore their local areas.

“The Network also passes within a mile of 55% of UK homes which means everyone can wrap up warm and go on an enjoyable, wintry walk or bike ride this Christmas!”

The Sustrans interactive online map makes it easier than ever before to plan a bike ride this Christmas. The map allows people to search routes by location, and select ones which are traffic free, coastal, go through woodlands, or along waterways.

To plan your route and find out more information about routes on the National Cycle Network go to www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/maps

Still struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? As an alternative to a traditional Christmas present, sponsoring a mile of the National Cycle Network will give you a little piece of the great outdoors for just £30 a year. Sponsor a Mile is an exciting new interactive way to give a gift online this Christmas. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk/mymile