PEOPLE in Burton and South Derbyshire are being encouraged to get out and discover the wonders of walking during the Ramblers’ biggest ever free short walks festival.
Get Walking Week, which takes place from May 3 to May 10, is designed to make it easier for people to take their first steps into walking, and the week will see a series of short strolls organised to allow people to enjoy a taster session and see if walking outdoors for fun is for them.
Popular walks in the area centre around Branston Water Park and the outlying areas of South Derbyshire, traversing villages such as Melbourne, Ticknall and Willington.
Simon Barnett, director of walking development at the Ramblers, said: “We’ve seen first-hand what a positive impact regular walking can have on people’s lives, so we are keen to open up opportunities to everyone so they can benefit too.
“We want as many people as possible to step out on one of our short walks during Get Walking Week so that they can experience the benefits walking has to offer.
“You don’t need any special equipment to join in and all our walks during the festival are free, so why not find a walk near you and take those important first steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle?
“If you’d prefer to head out in your own time with friends and family, then we have hundreds of free routes throughout Great Britain on our Ramblers Routes that you can download – and hundreds more available if you become a member.”
This push for more people to start walking more often comes after health chiefs said that everyone should be doing 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every single week.
Ramblers groups will be leading plenty of walks through the area during the week and more information is available by visiting www.ramblers.org.uk/getwalkingweek
Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, will also be helping people get walking and keep walking. More details are available at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder