Carlisle residents of are being encouraged to take the first steps towards a healthy life by going for a walk.
A new ‘Doorstep Walk’ pack has been distributed to local GP practices and promotes exercise to local communities.
The resource pack includes a selection of short, gentle walks within easy reach of Carlisle.
The walks are great way to improve your health, are easily accessible and follow good footpaths.
The packs provide a series of local walks which will help to encourage you to achieve your five x 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week, which the Chief Medical Officer advises we are required to achieve for a healthier lifestyle.
A healthy partnership
The Doorstep Walk packs have been produced by Carlisle City Council in partnership with NHS Cumbria, Cumbria Sports Partnership and the Forestry Commission as part of the Carlisle Doorstep Walking scheme.
The scheme has been awarded accreditation by Walking For Health, an initiative of Natural England having successfully demonstrated that they meet the required criteria.
This includes offering led walks for beginners, meeting the “Walking For Health” safety and insurance standards for all walks and collecting basic monitoring information.
Carlisle City Cllr. Olwyn Luckley, Portfolio holder for Health & Community Development, said:
“The benefits associated with walking are endless and we have seen the real difference that walking can make to an individual’s health; physically, mentally and socially. These packs will act as a fantastic resource to encourage individuals to access activity in their own time, whilst improving their health and discovering the Carlisle area.”
The scheme is one of the leading health walk groups in Cumbria working as part of the Walking for Health programme supported by Natural England. It has been recognised nationally as one of the first Walking for Health groups to have encouraged referrals from GPs and it currently holds three health walks per week.
Jane Muller, NHS Cumbria’s Associate Director of Public Health, said:
“Walking is a great way for people to get the exercise they need and as a result improve their health and wellbeing. It is also the perfect moderate activity for people who aren’t used to doing exercise, to start them off on the right track.
Twice a week
As part of the free programme, there is a chance to take part in short park health walks, held on Mondays and Wednesdays, every week except on Bank Holidays.
These are held every Monday, 2.30pm, at Chance’s Park (meet at Morton Community Centre) and every Wednesday, 2.30pm at Hammonds Pond (meet in Hammonds Pond main car park, off Blackwell Road).
Walking for Health
The Walking for Health programme is held on Wednesdays, starting at and 1pm.
All walks are free, easy, are on good paths and last around an hour (expect the ‘Summer Surprise’ event):
- 2nd June – Kingmoor Sidings. Meet at the Nature Reserve car park, Kingmoor Road.
- 16th June – ‘Summer Surprise’. Telephone 01228 817370 to book a place.
- 30th June – Longtown. Meet at the Longtown Community Centre.
- 14th July – Stanwix Bank and Ettery. Meet at The Sands Centre.
Details of the walks featured can be found here
A variety of evening and weekend walks are also planned for the summer period. The first will be held at Wreay Woods on Sunday, 18 July at 10am.
For more information about the ‘Doorstep Walk’ packs or to take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle by joining any of the led walks, telephone 01228 817370.
For more general information about Natural England’s national Walking for Health programme visit the website at www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk where you can find more information about health walks and the health benefits as well as locating your nearest group.