Step into summer with free weekly health walks
23 Jun 2021
Free health walks are taking place across the county to encourage more people to get out into the great outdoors and improve their health.
The walks, laid on by Active Northumberland, are suitable for all levels of ability and take between half an hour and an hour and a half.
If you fancy giving it a go - all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip and support for your feet. If it's a hot day make sure you take a bottle of water and always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. You'll have great company, trained walk leaders and safe walking routes to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Walking is a low impact exercise that has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, stroke and some cancers. While getting out in the fresh air with friends can help combat loneliness and depression. What’s more as you are outside it is Covid secure.
Jeff Watson, Northumberland County Councillor and cabinet member for healthy lives said:
“Going for regular walks is one of the simplest and easiest ways to become more active and improve your health. Some of the walks are short and very gentle so if you’ve had problems with your health or are new to walking, this will help you to get started.”
To view a timetable of walks in your area log on to https://nland.uk/walking