A guided walk looking at items of folklore, history and local interest in the moorland village of Goathland on Wednesday 3 March is the first in a series of free guided walks organised by the North York Moors National Park Authority.
Ranging from one to five miles, the walks take place the first Sunday and Wednesday of every month from March through to November.
Following Natural England’s ‘Walking the way to Health’ guidelines, the walks are in three levels from a gentle stroll on easy terrain some of which are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies to longer walks of a more challenging nature. They are an ideal introduction to the health benefits of walking and – with lots of information on the local area, its history, nature, wildlife and conservation – are also a great opportunity to learn something new about the North York Moors.
Forthcoming walks include
- Ramble along woodland paths and the scenic Murk Esk to find out about the industrial heritage of Grosmont (7 April)
- Stroll along the old railway line to explore the remains of the alum works at Ravenscar (2 June)
- Wildlife walk through Guisborough Forest (4 July).
Don Burluraux, Health Walks Co-ordinator for the NHS Middlesbrough and NHS Redcar and Cleveland area said:
“Health Walks do not only improve your physical fitness, help control your weight and make you feel good, they are also beneficial for your mental well-being, reducing stress and helping you to sleep better. Walking in a Health Walk group is a great way to start walking and to stay motivated – you’ll socialise and make new friends and discover new places in your neighbourhood and surrounding countryside.”
Ian Sewell, who has long-term health issues, has been on several health walks in the North York Moors National Park, he said:
“My first walk, through Raincliffe Woods, made me feel as if a weight had been lifted from off my shoulders. I felt extremely calm and yet energised at the same time. I certainly slept at the end of the day! Being surrounded by the natural world was very peaceful and calming to the mind and to the spirit as well as giving exercise to the body. I would recommend the walks to everyone, whether young or old.”
All walk leaders have received health and safety training. Places on the walks are limited; to book a place call 01439 772738.
Further information on forthcoming walks can be found at www.visitthemoors.co.uk/events and also in the North York Moors Out and About Guide which will be available from National Park and Tourist Information Centres from early March
More information on all National Parks can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk