Hampshire & Isle of Wight

National Trust trail 'can help Christmas excess'

The fitness trail was opened by the mayor of Romsey
Image caption The fitness trail was opened by the mayor of Romsey

The National Trust is urging walkers to work off Christmas excess on a new outdoor exercise trail at one of its Hampshire properties.

A new one-mile (1.6km) fitness trail in the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey features apparatus made of locally-sourced wood.

Ten exercise points include step-ups, bars and benches for muscle training.

The trail was designed by a personal trainer and sports science expert to improve strength, stamina and agility.

Trim Trail coordinator, Victoria Curtis, said: "The trail is basically designed to give everyone, from children to grandparents, a gentle 30 minute workout, with the added benefit of inspirational views rather than the four walls of a gym.

"We want people to rediscover the beautiful countryside on their doorstep and this is a really enjoyable and healthy way to get back in touch with the natural world."

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