Step out on new walking activities in Northumberland

Free health walks are taking place to encourage more people to get out and improve their health.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 7:00 am
Active Northumberland has launched a new weekly timetable of health walks.
Active Northumberland has launched a new weekly timetable of health walks.

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.

Anyone interested in taking part is advised all they need are a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip and support for their feet. On a hot day, they are advised to take a bottle of water with them and wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

A spokesperson said: “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.”

Coun 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.”

Walks take place Monday to Friday, from starting points including leisure or community centres in Blyth, Bedlington, Ashington, Newbiggin and Pegswood and Morpeth.

To view a timetable of walks in your area visit https://nland.uk/walking