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Cafés Novell Launches the First Range of Ground Coffee in Compostable Packaging

The new coffees in Beans and ground of Cafés Novell represent the definitive step towards sustainable consumption, a goal that the company already set itself two years ago with the launch of the first compostable capsule on the market in Spain.

The new coffees have a 100% compostable packaging and certified organic coffees, making the time enjoying coffee becoming the most responsible pleasure. 

Cafés Novell has made an investment of more than 1.5M for more than 3 years to develop the entire “NO WASTE” range of sustainable products.

Cafés Novell, a family business based in Vilafranca del Penedés (Barcelona), has expanded its line of organic products “NO WASTE” with a new range of Beans and ground coffees. In this way, the company continues to advance its commitment to sustainability and expands its offer of responsible products, following the launch in October 2019 of the first capsules of  “NO WASTE”coffee.

“Since we started our project more than 2 years ago with the first compostable capsule on the market in Spain,  Cafés Novell we have been advancing to achieve a round product: 100% compostable, 100% organic and certified, and with all this maintaining the best conditions and qualities of coffee. The new beans and ground coffees are the final step for the disposal of waste related to coffee consumption”, says Josep Novell, Director of Cafés NovellSA.

The new beans and ground coffees maintain the same “NO WASTE” essence as the capsules. This means: 0 effects on the environment and 0 effects on the body of the consumers of this coffee.

Like the capsules, the new packages are 100% compostable. Through the composting process, the film that packages the coffee disappears from the environment in 12-20 weeks, depending on the efficiency of the composting plants. Thus, these containers return to land as fertilizer in a short period of time, leaving zero environmental impact and constituting a future alternative to the waste generated by the capsules or packs of aluminium and plastic coffee.

The one-way valve on the front of the package is also made of compostable materials. This valve is a key element to preserve coffee optimally without having to resort to vacuum containers, as it allows the release of the CO2 that releases the roasted coffee, while preventing the ingress of oxygen or moisture that can damage the coffee. The new Compostable range in beans and ground are also “NO WASTE” because of the effect they have for cultivation at source and for the consumer. Cafés Novell is the only brand on the market in Spain that offers a whole range of 100% organic, certified and sustainable coffees.  Our Coffee has been grown under the system of organic farming without herbicides or chemical pesticides, which guarantees the conservation of natural resources protects the rights of coffee growers and, in addition, helps us to take care of our body as well.

Cafés Novell SA has made an investment of more than 1.5M and has worked for more than 3 years to develop the “NOWASTE” product range, thus confirming its strong commitment to the domestic coffee market and combining it with its commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment. In this range, since the company launched two years ago the first compostable coffee capsule on the market in Spain, its sales have increased by more than 60%.

“Cafés Novell has more than 60 years of experience in the Horeca canal and for more than 2 years we have worked to bring coffee from coffee shops to home. Hence, our commitment to work to ensure a coffee of the highest quality and controlling the whole process, from the plantation, to the roasting and the materials used for its packaging, totally sustainable”, says Ramon Novell, Director of Cafés Novell SA.

Flavours for all tastes

The new coffee beans and ground “NO WASTE” seek to seduce those coffee lovers who prefer the smell of coffee beans, the fragrance of ground coffee and want to have the peace of mind of enjoying the pleasure of coffee without generating waste. With them you can make all kinds of coffee brews, from Espresso with domestic machines, to coffees with Italian moka, V60, Chemex, French press, etc.

The new range of “NO WASTE”coffees is currently available in the UK in 3 different blends in both beans and ground variety, Ristretto, Intenso  and Decaffeinato following the same great taste available in the “NO WASTE” capsules. All varieties contain 100% organic and sustainable coffee, and offer a high quality product at a very competitive price.

Cafés Novell   is a family business based in Vilafranca del Penedés that has more than 60 years of history. It is currently run by the second generation of the family saga, supplies more than 4000 customers of the Horeca channel and has 200 workers. Cafés Novell is present in Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, USA and Hong Kong. In 2019 it had a turnover of 31M euros.

Cafés Novell is distinguished by its Premium offer with the best selection of coffee from the best coffee regions in the world, and for its philosophy of social and business responsibility work. It aims to address the problems of the coffee market by purchasing responsible coffee certified by UTZ Certified accreditation, ensuring the excellence of the best coffee, responsibility with society and the environment, and responsible commerce.

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Alcohol-Free Cider Brand Arrives in Tesco

An alcohol-free cider brand established by a group of former international rugby players has secured a listing with Tesco. York-based Champions Cider is headed up by Charlie Simpson-Daniel and was created with his brother, former England player James Simpson-Daniel and the England Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood.

The company has signed an exclusive supply deal with Tesco for its zero alcohol, low calorie, no added sugar cider, with products available in stores and online from September 2020.

“Champions Cider has been two years in the making and we have been privileged to work very closely with Tesco who have played a key part in our brands development and really helped guide us on its presentation. We’re launching our Strawberry & Rhubarb flavour which tastes incredible and I think will be a great success,” said Charlie Simpson-Daniel.

“I can safely say that outside of the birth of my little boy, pulling on an England shirt for the first time and the first time I met my fiancé, the Tesco team telling me they’d like to offer us an exclusive supply deal was one of the proudest days of my life on this earth,” he added.

Will Greenwood also commented on the news: “Tesco have given us a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring Champions to life together. The buyers have been incredible to work with and we think with only 50 calories per bottle, Champions Strawberry & Rhubarb Cider is something the Tesco shopper is going to love just as much as we all do.”

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New Assurance First for Plastic Pollution Reduction

Businesses in the food & beverage sector can now take significant verifiable steps to manage plastic waste and its impact on the environment, thanks to the launch of the world’s first best-practice standard for Responsible Plastic Management (RPM).

According to the Pew Foundation, the flow of plastic into the world’s oceans will nearly triple to 29 million metric tonnes per year by 2040 if no action is taken. This could increase even further with single-use masks, gloves and aprons used to fight COVID-19 transmission now littering beaches and polluting our waters along with vast amounts of other plastic debris.

Now, by signing up to the RPM Standard and Program, organisations can demonstrate their commitment to taking proactive steps to better measure, reduce and re-use the plastic coming into – and going out from – their businesses.

Once companies have completed the five-step RPM programme, an assessment by independent global assurance company Lloyd’s Register will enable successful organisations to be certified and listed publicly in the RPM online directory.

RPM was founded as a not for profit, international organisation, by experienced assurance and sustainability specialists Peter Marshall and Dave Garforth. Peter comments: “Consumer awareness of plastic pollution has never been higher and we wanted to help organisations understand how they can play an important role in ensuring that waste is mitigated and out of the oceans and environment.

“One of the current issues facing the industry is that there is no official standard which helps organisations create an effective management plan. So, while we may hear that companies have committed to reducing their plastic waste, it’s unlikely that these plans will have been independently verified. Let’s be honest – it’s a lot easier to say you’re doing something if you’re not actually held accountable by a third party. The new RPM programme will help organisations drive real change by providing a framework for improvement – and then measuring them on progress.”

Certified organisations can access the RPM Trust Mark to illustrate their commitment to tackling this issue of plastic pollution to buyers, stakeholders and external parties.

Complementing existing best practice industry standards – including ISO 14001 for environmental management – the RPM programme starts with an audit of existing policies and processes, which can take place either onsite or remotely. From there, an organisation’s credentials will be verified and a manageable, tiered programme will be officially implemented. Annual reviews will take place to ensure companies are on track to meet commitments in the avoidance, reduction, re-use and recycling of plastics and to ensure continued compliance.

Kimberly Carey Coffin, Global Technical Director – Supply Chain Assurance at Lloyd’s Register, commented: “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many plastic management programmes taking a backseat, but the news of PPE pollution further emphasises the long-term importance in addressing plastic responsibility. Whilst it is accepted that the preventative measures necessary to protect our communities are essential at present, the generation and irresponsible management of more plastic is not the answer.

“The launch of RPM is an important step for socially and environmentally conscious companies across the globe and we urge them to take their first steps in reducing plastic waste. The system is the perfect journey for businesses to take, allowing them to truly understand their actions in manageable steps. More importantly, it helps to drive measurement and effectively demonstrates how certain actions can make a positive impact on the environment.”

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Highland Game Launches Award Winning Best of the Best Venison Fillet in Tesco

Leading Scottish supplier of wild venison, Highland Game, has announced the latest addition to its award-winning product range. The restaurant quality Wild Venison Fillet (RRP £5.00, 170g) will launch this week in Tesco (Wednesday 2 September) and comes as UK consumer demand for the healthy option continues to surge – now estimated to be worth £14.4 million to the UK Grocery retail market. 

For over 20 years, Highland Game has successfully increased awareness and sales of venison. The business is a daily supplier to ASDA, Aldi, Coop, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose, as well as to manufacturers and distributors to the catering and restaurant trade around the UK and in continental Europe. These include Smithfield Market, Costco, Booker, Brakes and well-established European wholesalers. 

The news comes ahead of Eat Scottish Venison Day (Friday 4 September) which aims to promote the venison as a healthy, sustainable alternative to beef, lamb, and pork. The deal with Tesco extends Highland Game’s partnership with the retailer and is worth £3 million in sales per annum. 

The fillet is the leanest and most tender cut of venison and is a healthy, sustainable meat protein that is twice as likely to be eaten for health reasons than other red meats’ according to research. Consumers are now more interested in knowing where their food comes from and are looking for more healthy red meat alternatives. Gram for gram, venison contains less fat than a skinless chicken breast and is an excellent source of iron, delivering more than any other farmed meat. 

Highland Game is committed to increasing food-at-home consumer demand for venison by growing the availability of the healthy meat option in supermarkets across the UK. According to research, half of those eating venison at home bought it in a supermarket compared to 25% from a butcher, and almost half (47%) said that they would be more likely to choose venison if it was more easily available in supermarkets.  

Evidence indicates that ongoing promotional marketing of venison has been key to persuading new consumers to try it as an alternative. Meanwhile the taste of venison came out as the top driver at 52%, while 34% were attracted to quality and over 22% admitted that they would buy it as a special treat.  

Managing Director and Founder of Highland Game, Christian Nissen, commented: “By growing our retail platform, we are diversifying and expanding opportunities for the UK venison supply chain. Like almost all sectors, we continue to face the very severe challenge of recovering from the impact COVID-19 has had both on operations and on consumer behaviour. During these unprecedented times we will only succeed in our mission to put venison on more plates, in Scotland and around the UK, when we work together as a retail and wholesale sector. That’s good news for consumers and businesses alike. Our wild venison fillets are an exciting addition to our current product range and offer UK consumers the very finest cut of naturally healthy venison and ultimately the best taste of Scotland. 

“While we still face extremely challenging market conditions, demand is increasing year on year for venison products and we’ve been working hard to widen that appeal. There is a growing army of health-conscious consumers looking for a sustainable, low-fat alternative red meat and this is a significant opportunity for our business. Highland Game is increasing its market penetration through retail promotions with the direct aim of making it more affordable for consumers to sample and enjoy. 

“The foodservice side of our business has almost been completely wiped out due to COVID-19, however we know how successful we can be when it comes to selling top quality venison into restaurants and hotel chains. We are committed to working with the sector as it recovers and have exciting plans in the pipeline to help grow demand for venison products in the future.”

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‘Soho Calling’ Cocktail Designed by Dre Masso to Help Save Alfresco Soho

Following the incredibly successful Eat Out To Help Out Scheme, Soho operators have united for the month of September to offer their customers a free ‘Soho Calling’ cocktail designed by world class mixologist, Dré Masso, to help raise money for the area-wide alfresco dining initiative.

The Soho Summer Street Festival, pioneered by John James of Soho Estates has been a huge success with 90% of businesses re-opening in the pedestrianised zone, over 1000 jobs saved and the noticeable rebooting of Central London’s hospitality sector. Most importantly it has brought the neighbourhood back to life. Soho has never seen such magical evenings. Despite this, the costs to keep the initiative going are a constant strain on the hospitality businesses in the area and the alfresco dining is under constant threat. Over £6,000 is needed weekly to cover security fees for the pedestrianisation, costs currently shared by operators.

This September, Soho businesses are turning to customers to help them save Soho and keep the beating heart of London’s food and drink scene alive. They are asking loyal customers and Soho fans to kindly donate to the cause (via this link) and in return they will receive a world-class ‘thank you’ cocktail for free when dining at any of the participating venues on Monday to Wednesday. Masso’s ‘Soho Calling’ creation, available to redeem from Monday 7th September, is a vibrantly refreshing cocktail with subtle botanical and floral notes, combining London’s most iconic spirit, Beefeater, with Masso’s homemade hibiscus syrup, topped with soda water and garnished with a sprig of mint.

Dré Masso is a London bartending legend and has been involved in the global cocktail scene for over 25 years, working at some of the world’s most prestigious bars. Dré said of the initiative:

“I’ve designed this cocktail to help save Soho, which is still in trouble. I have worked and enjoyed Soho over the years and, essentially it is a ‘thank you’ cocktail if you are able to donate to the cause.”

Participating restaurants include: SOLA, Hoppers, Lina Stories, Ceviche, Groucho, 40 Dean Street, French House, Zima, Rasa Sayang, Lobos Soho, Sanctum Hotel (Wild Heart Bar & Grill) , MAOZ, Suvlaki, Tonkotsu, Simmons, The Arts Club

Terms and conditions

  • Limit of one free cocktail per person, per donation
  • Must be having a sit down meal to qualify at participating restaurants
  • Free with proof of donation on site to Save Our Soho
  • Available Monday – Wednesday from 7th September at participating venues
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London’s Only Michelin-Starred Pub Reopens Today

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

Sally Abé, Head Chef at the Harwood Arms – London’s only Michelin-starred pub and 2020 winner of Estrella Damm Gastropub of the Year – has been perfecting the menu during lockdown. When the pub reopens today, 2nd September, she promises that everything on the menu, except the venerated Venison Scotch Eggs (now to be joined by a vegetarian Scotch Egg), and their famous Sunday Roast, will be new.

Co-owner Brett Graham has taken time whilst the Harwood Arms has been closed to refurbish the bar and dining areas, adding new artworks and exuberant and stylish feather chandeliers. Tables will now be set with beautiful leather cutlery pouches from East London leather makers and social initiative drivers Paradise Row.

And to celebrate the reopening week, there’s free English Sparkling Wine for diners with their meals. The Harwood Arms won the Estrella Damm ‘Gastropub of the Year’, and ‘Gastropub Chef of the Year’ awards this year. They were handed out just as lockdown was imposed, and with no time to properly celebrate the win then, Head Chef Sally Abé will be offering diners a free glass of Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve NV from the Hampshire wine makers for every service during the first week of reopening.

The new menu includes ‘Oyster and English sparkling soup with seaweed, lemon and an oyster beignet’; ‘Berkshire pork chop with crackling, pease pudding and sauce charcuterie’, and a ‘Raspberry marshmallow teacake’.

Full Covid-19 safety and wellbeing measures will be reassuringly employed for staff and guests, conforming to Government and Public Health England guidelines, including bespoke hand sanitisers and contact tracing.

The restaurant will be open for dinner Tuesday – Friday, and for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

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Whittard of Chelsea Have Launched Their 2020 Christmas Collection

Fine tea, coffee and hot chocolate specialists Whittard of Chelsea share in the wonder of gift-giving this Christmas. From hand-picked tea, coffee and hot chocolate designed to inspire the taste buds to keepsake packaging dressed in opulent art deco glamour, every last meticulous detail has been carefully considered to ensure it’s a gift to treasure.

Each Whittard creation celebrates the same thoughtful sentiment, whether it’s joy-inducing mini caddies for the tea lover, an extravagant three-flavour Hot Chocolate Stacking Tin devoted to the hot chocoholic or rich, chocolatey Festive Coffee to delight the coffee enthusiast.

The brand will also be bringing back two much-anticipated Advent calendars for the ultimate countdown to Christmas. The Tea Advent Calendar houses a glorious selection of 94 compostable individually wrapped teabags, from unique Whittard blends like Christmas Tea to renowned single origins such as Darjeeling – there’s even a little extra gift to start your journey. It’s a tea lover’s dream…

The Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two dedicates 24 days to all things hot chocolate, with double servings in each drawer. Indulge in 12 delectable flavours, from their signature Luxury and Luxury White, to creative, cutting-edge concoctions Sticky Toffee Pudding and Peanut Butter.

Whittard’s Christmas collection will be available to buy online and in store from September.

Mandie Porter, Whittard of Chelsea’s Head of Buying, said of the festive launch:

“The art of gifting is so important at Whittard, whether it’s a treat for yourself or a loved one. Each Christmas brings an exciting opportunity to create new luxurious packaging in the form of elegant refillable tins and sturdy Advent calendars, which can be enjoyed for years to come. 2020 sees eclectic art deco-inspired designs adorning our bestselling products – as always, we include a few new surprise flavours!”

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Experts Tips to Avoid Employee Burnout

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 4 m read

A national lockdown posed many challenges, including remote working, unemployment, social distancing, financial uncertainty, and health concerns. And now, with the UK starting the motions of leaving lockdown, the nation faces similar challenges in returning to work and day-to-day life in a sensible manner. With all this to handle, mental health can come under strain, so it’s important to look after your emotional wellbeing.

Specialist lawyers Bolt Burdon Kemp have released a Mental Health Training guide, with advice on boosting your brain health. Some of the highlights include:

Eat a Mediterranean diet for the nutrition you need for a healthy mind and body

·         Foods providing antioxidants, phytonutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids are the best for brain health.

·         Dark chocolate and red wine have proven health benefits, thanks to the antioxidants they contain.

·         Healthy fats found in fish, eggs and beans, among other sources, can help manage moods.

Experts suggest the best diet for brain health is a Mediterranean one, with focus on low-sodium food such as olive oil, veggies, nuts, beans and cereal grains. According to Judy Rocher, registered nutritional therapist and naturopath at the London Clinic of Nutrition, “the Mediterranean diet, being predominantly vegetable based, provides a high level of phytonutrients and antioxidants.” And fortunately for those of us who enjoy a treat, dark chocolate and red wine also have antioxidant benefits.

Healthy fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel can also boost brain health. Other sources of Omega-3 include coconut oil, egg yolks, liver, soya beans and hemp seeds.

Listen to music to relax and stimulate your brain

·         Listening to music releases the mood-boosting hormones ‘endorphins’ in your brain.

·         Playing music encourages you to move, relax, feel emotion, and use your voice.

·         Any genre of music can have a positive impact on your mental state.

Music is an excellent way to both switch off and focus at the same time, and with many people returning to work, listening to your favourite album could be the best way to stay mentally balanced on the commute. According to Elizabeth Nightingale, a neurologic music therapist at Chiltern Music Therapy, “playing music is the best form of exercise for our brains.”

Further to this, Bernice Chu – a music therapist at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability – goes on to explain that “listening to music releases endorphins in our brain, boosting people’s moods, and evoking emotions and memories. Music is processed in more than one area of the brain. For a healthy individual, it encourages us to move, to relax, to feel emotion and to use our voice.” And this includes any genre of music, as Chu adds “the idea that classical music is the most effective for brain health is really a myth.”

Keep up lockdown hobbies to reap their therapeutic benefits

·         Music and art therapies can alleviate feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety and depression.

·         Activities that are “cognitively stimulating” are good for mental wellbeing, including brainteasers and creative hobbies, such as art and baking.

Many people have picked up new hobbies during lockdown, while seeking focus and entertainment at home. But rather than letting these fall by the wayside when life begins to return to normality, it’s beneficial to find time in your life for them post-lockdown.

Studies have shown that activities that may help maintain your mental wellbeing are those that are “cognitively stimulating” – and include the likes of brainteasers and educational activities, as well as creative hobbies like baking, art, drama, dancing and music. In fact, music and art therapies can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma and low self-esteem in individuals with mental health disorders.[1]

Stay active to boost your mental health, improve your memory and aid a good night sleep

·         Exercise releases endorphins, which improve mood and a sense of wellbeing.

·         Running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.

·         Yoga has a calming effect on your nervous system, which combined with meditation can reduce negative emotions and feelings of stress.

It’s well known that exercise is essential for maintaining good physical health but staying active can also boost mental wellbeing. In fact, regular exercise can have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It can also improve memory, boost mood, and encourage better sleep, helping you to get the 7-9 hours of sleep that are recommended for optimal mental wellbeing.

According to a study on exercise and the brain, it appears that exercise can have a broad rejuvenating effect on the brain. “Overall, converging evidence suggests exercise benefits brain function and cognition across the mammalian lifespan, which may translate into reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in humans.”

Yoga is one of the best forms of physical activity for mental health, as it brings together your mind and your body. As soon as you start breathing deeply, you slow down and calm your nervous system. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a practice that combines meditation, gentle yoga and mind-body exercises to reduce feelings of stress.

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Is a Plant-Based Diet the Answer to Obesity?

By Louise Palmer-Masterton, Stem & Glory 

So, obesity is now a government priority in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, now that we know even being a few pounds overweight, increases your risk of complications due to the disease. But it’s hardly news that being overweight increases your vulnerability to ill health – diabetes to heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney and liver disease to name but a few.

The question now is how do we help people to lose weight and learn better eating habits?

The evidence that a plant-based diet can help

According to Peta, meat-eaters have three times the obesity rate of vegetarians and nine times the obesity rate of vegans. So it seems just cutting meat and dairy will immediately improve your chances of weight loss.

This isn’t new information either, a Swedish study back in 2005 showed that self-identified semi-vegetarian, lactovegetarian, and vegan women have a lower risk of obesity than omnivorous women. The advice of that report 15 years ago when veganism was hardly known was to ‘consume more plant foods and less animal products to help control your weight’.

Recent research by Dr Katarina Kos, senior lecturer in diabetes and obesity at the University of Exeter, showed that vegan or plant-based diets are effective in providing more weight loss. The side product of which is an improvement in diabetes and in diabetes and weight-related complications.

What’s stopping you?

When moving to a vegan diet many say that they’re always hungry. That was certainly the case for me. Why is this? 

Switching to a plant-based diet means a move from high fat, calorie dense foods, so the body takes a while to adjust. The solution is to either eat more calories or eat a greater proportion, and a wider variety of proteins. The second option being the better one in supporting weight loss. Legumes such as chickpeas, combined with tofu, quinoa and a sprinkling of nuts and seeds for example will combine to give a greater protein content than just eating chickpeas alone. 

I’m a believer in sticking mainly to natural whole foods – fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains – and avoiding processed foods where possible. With the explosion in plant-based meat replacements currently it’s easy to lose sight of this.

Vegan junk food

Take the explosion in vegan junk food, known as ‘dirty vegan’. Dirty vegan is huge on the plant-based scene right now. Enormous, stacked plant-based burgers, deep fried seitan, chips, mayo, macaroni cheese, all undoubtedly delicious BUT high in calories and low in natural, unprocessed ingredients.

Here lies the caution. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just eating plant-based food without attention to nutrition and calories will lead to better health and weight loss. The first vegan I ever met was very large and overweight. He lived on a diet mostly of potato chips!

Plant-based food can play a huge part in tackling obesity, and if you do just one thing to help with weight loss, then simply turning vegan is moving in the right direction. But moving away from vegan junk and meat replacements, towards natural unprocessed food is the right way to achieve optimum health and healthy weight.

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Exploring the UK on Foot

Given that international travel isn’t quite as attractive a prospect as it was last year, British tourists have been taking the opportunity to explore the country on foot. Walking holidays in the UK provide a chance to get some exercise, to see remote parts of the country that aren’t otherwise accessible, and to get some distance between yourself and other people. 

The UK, happily, is home to some truly memorable trails. Let’s consider a few of the standouts!

Coast to Coast

Among the most famous routes in the country takes the rambler from one coast to another. Coast to Coast is a more challenging route than many suppose, especially if the weather’s not favourable. It runs from St. Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, and will take you through a dozen or so villages, where you’ll be able to find accommodation.

Pennine Way

If you’d prefer to go from north to south rather than east to west (or vice versa), then there’s the Pennine Way, which will take you straight up the spine of the country. It’s described as the most challenging National Trail in England, and provides a combined ascent that beats even that of Mount Everest.

West Highland Way

Further north we find West Highland Way. Covering ninety-six miles of Scottish Highland, it’s the best-loved long-distance route north of Hadrian’s Wall. If you’d like to see what the highlands have to offer, there are few better ways to do it. Start at Milngavie and end at Fort William; the southern stages are the easier ones, and they’ll prepare you for the challenges further north.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

This national trail runs for around 186 miles from St Dogmaels to Amroth, and provides an excellent way to see a lengthy stretch of the South-Wales coastline, St. George’s Channel, and the Bristol Channel. There are fifty-eight beaches and fourteen harbours along the way, along with birds and animals that people travel from across the planet to see.

Hadrian’s Wall

If the Coast to Coast trek sounds a little on the challenging side to you, then you might instead consider a trek from one end of Hadrian’s Wall to the other. There are quite a few sites of special historical interest along the way, many of which provided inspiration for George RR. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and its sequels. There are roman forts and ruins, and rolling countryside for as far as the eye can see. The route is pretty easy if you’re fit, though there are a few short climbs to get past between Chollerford and Birdoswald. During autumn and winter, there’s mud to contend with, so make sure that you pack the appropriate footwear.

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