Stepping out to learn about area

Residents and members of the Doorstep Walks team from Active Northumberland.
Residents and members of the Doorstep Walks team from Active Northumberland.

A new project has been launched to encourage people to get out and enjoy their local area.

Cramlington Doorstep Walks is a series of way-marked short walks in and around the town, suitable for people of all ages and abilities, which are easily accessible from the doorstep.

The town already has a comprehensive cycling and walking network and the project will help to redefine the routes for local people.

Doorstep walks have been developed in South East, West and North Cramlington, each signposted with colourful new waymarkers stating direction, distances and estimated completion time to walk the coloured route.

Information stands have been erected on each walk to explain the various routes and a new glossy leaflet has been created which will be posted to every household in Cramlington throughout July.

The walks vary in length between one-and-a-half and three miles.

The project is part of the Active Cramlington initiative, a new scheme instigated by the Northumberland Cycling and Walking Board to encourage people to get out and about more.

Active Northumberland, in partnership with Northumberland County Council, has worked closely with Cramlington Town Council.

Coun Anne Dale, chairman of the county council’s cycling and walking board, said: “We have a vision for walking and cycling in Northumberland which includes investment and promotion of opportunities locally.

“The Active Cramlington initiative has been taken forward by partners on the board, working in partnership with the town council, to promote community-based opportunities to increase walking and cycling engagement.

“These doorstep walks will do precisely that.”

Coun Jean Whisson, town council chairman, said: “We’re delighted to support this great initiative. Cramlington is a wonderful place to go walking and cycling.”

“This details easy to follow routes that are literally on residents’ doorsteps. I hope that this helps encourage more people of all ages to get active, enjoy our lovely surroundings.”

Penny Spring, director of public health, at Northumberland County Council, said: “There are more and more opportunities for local people in the Cramlington area to get out and about and enjoy the surrounding beauty of Northumberland on foot.

“These doorstep walks are a perfect way to get out and walk manageable distances in a safe and comfortable environment.

“Going for a short walk of 20-30 minutes, three to five days a week, can help increase the health benefits physical activity has on maintaining a healthy weight, feelings of well-being and reducing the risks of health problems such as heart disease and stroke.”

For further information about Cramlington Doorstep Walks or the Active Cramlington initiative, contact (01670) 622179 or email enquiries@activenorthumberland.org.uk