A national campaign is encouraging more people in Swindon to get active through walking.
And to mark the start of Walk4Life, a five-mile walk has been organised to coincide with National Walking Day on Sunday (26 Sep).
Walk4Life is part of the Change4Life campaign, which aims to get more families and adults to eat well and live longer by making small lifestyle changes.
Swindon Borough Council has been working with NHS Swindon and Walk England to promote walking and is calling on people to take to the borough’s footpaths to enjoy a fun way of keeping fit and healthy.
Walking reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, lowers blood pressure and reduces high cholesterol and body fat.
Former Olympic bronze medallist Bev Callender will get Sunday’s walk underway at Coate Water at 10.30am. The walk will finish back at Coate Water having taken in Broome Manor and The Lawn en route. There will also be a stop-off point at Holyrood Church in Groundwell Road for people to catch a breather.
Walk England launched its Walk4Life Miles project earlier this month and it is hoped it will deliver 2,012 marked one-mile walking routes in local communities, as well as provide a unique online database of short walks.
A web page will also be available where people can find walking routes or create their own, record their walking activity, find local events, join groups and challenge themselves and others to walk more.