Step out and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle

Residents are being urged to put their best foot forward during National Walking Month and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:40 am

National Walking Month is a campaign run by Living Streets aimed at getting more people walking, no matter what their level of fitness is.

Residents are being encouraged to take part in the free weekly health walks that are being laid on across the county by Active Northumberland.

The group walks vary in length from short, intermediate and long and are open to everyone. They are led by friendly, trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support and help people enjoy the many physical and mental health benefits that regular walking brings.

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.

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To view a timetable log on to www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/Activities.aspx and search health walks.

David Gregory, health walk co-ordinator for Active Northumberland said: “Going for regular walks is one of the simplest and easiest ways to become more active and improve your health. Some of our walks are very gentle and last just 30 minutes so if you’ve had problems with your health or are new to walking we’ll help you to get started.”

“It’s really easy to get involved. Just turn up a few minutes before the start of a walk. You’ll have great company, trained walk leaders and safe walking routes to get you on your way to healthier lifestyle.”

The health walk programme covers routes in the north, west and south eastern corners of the county but if you aren’t able to join in then why not try incorporating more walking into your daily routine by walking to work or taking a stroll with friends around your neighbourhood.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “In many ways walking is the perfect prescription. It’s good for our health, it’s a great mood-booster and a great way for people to get more exercise into their busy lives. Our group walks also offer people a great opportunity to explore their local area, meet new people and make more friends.”

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 a waterproof or umbrella will come in very handy if rain is forecast.

Many libraries, GP surgeries and council contact centres hold a supply of printed programmes.

If you would like more information about health walks in Northumberland please contact

For south east Northumberland: David on DGregory@activenorthumberland.org.uk or 07860504763

For north Northumberland: Jane Hardy on: jhardy01@activenorthumberland.org.uk 01670 627327

For west Northumberland: Loraine Oliver on: loliver@activenorthumberland.org.uk