FREE health walks introduced in Otterburn area

New free health walks introduced in Otterburn area

A new  weekly health walk has been introduced by Active Northumberland in the Otterburn area offering plenty of opportunities to explore Northumberland’s beautiful countryside.

The group walk is free and 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.

There are ten weekly health walks in West Northumberland that cover the areas of Allendale, Bellingham, Corbridge, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Wark , and now Otterburn.

Lorraine Oliver a health walk co-ordinator for Active Northumberland said:

Going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health.  Most of us know that we should be trying to walk 10,000 steps a day but getting active can be difficult especially if you’ve had problems with your health.

Yet walking could make all the difference - even if you are not feeling your best.  Some of our  walks are very gentle and last just 30 minutes to encourage new walkers and those with long term health conditions to  feel more confident in getting 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.”

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 fantastic way for people to get more exercise into their busy lives. Our group walks also offer people the opportunity to explore their local area,  meet new people and make more friends. I would encourage anyone who may be interested to give Health Walks a try!”

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.

To view a timetable of walks in your area click here - FREE HEALTH WALKS

Many libraries, GP surgeries and council contact centres hold a supply of printed programmes.
If you would like more information about health walks in West Northumberland please contact Loraine on: loliver or 01670 622368


11 Sep 2018