Happy, healthy new year

walking bootsHappy new year from everyone here at the Swettenham Arms.

With January being the time of year that many of us pledge to lose a few pounds or take more exercise, we take a look at how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.


The cold, drizzly weather and short days may not be much incentive, but getting out in the fresh air makes you feel better, increases the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream and generally helps de-stress you. This weekend, why not wrap yourself up, borrow the neighbour’s dog and come for a walk around the stunning surroundings of the Dane Valley? With routes that follow footpaths, cross fields and wind up and down to the river Dane itself, you can choose your own level of difficulty and cardiovascular activity.

Alternatively, if that sounds a little energetic, why not visit the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, or walk towards Brereton Country Park? Both routes include beautiful views, and flat, broad paths. The quiet country lanes around the area are also a favourite spot for runners and cyclists, and in fact the pub sits in the middle of a network of cycle paths. A brisk walk uses around 300 to 400 calories an hour, while running and cycling use 500 to 700 an hour.


Afterwards, why not come and see us for lunch? We’re right next door to the arboretum, and we welcome walking boots and dogs in the bar area. Although much of our menu is traditional British pub fare, we offer lighter options such as soup, roasted halibut and vegetarian choices. We also have proper log fires, just right for stretching out and relaxing by after a long walk. The only problem is that if you’ve cycled out to us for lunch, you could get so comfortable you might not want to cycle back!

We look forward to welcoming you soon.





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