It’s Spring. Time to get walking
Walking is an easy way to start getting active, it can help manage your weight and reduce the risk of developing serious conditions, like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, writes Amanda Rothwell, right.
It’s also good for your mental health and joining a group is a great way to meet new people. You can cover a mile in about 15 minutes, so walking to work or walking the kids to school may be quicker than you think.
It all starts on Saturday 4 May, 11am, with the launch of Swindon Get Walking Week and Walking Festival month. Three mile guided walk around Lydiard Park for all ages on. Meet at the visitor centre.
A selection of walks for all abilities taking place during Get Walking Week:
Monday 6 May, 2pm: Gentle Walking Group for people who can only walk a very short distance or are wheelchair users. Meet Haydon Leisure Centre. Call 01793 465413 for more information.
Tuesday 7 May, 10.30am: Swindon’s Heritage. 5 mile canal and railway exploration with the Ramblers. Optional meal after the walk. Meet Bottelinos restaurant, Designer Outlet Centre. 5 miles. Easy for people who don’t have mobility difficulties or a specific health problem. Contact Grahame on 07932 109209
Wednesday 8 May 2pm: Free taster session Nordic Walking (walking with poles) at Lydiard Park. Booking required, call Sue on 07977 203504
Thursday 9 May, 6.15pm: 3 mile walk with the Ramblers. Optional meal afterwards. Meet outside Kingsdown Pub, Upper Stratton. Easy for people who don’t have mobility difficulties or a specific health problem. Call David on 075340 49707
Thursday 9 May, 7pm: Swindon Twin Peaks power walk. Meet Haydon Leisure Centre. 5 miles. Moderate/good fitness levels needed. Call Lynn on 07530 948350.
Saturday 11 May, 10am: Wroughton Trail 5 miles, followed by refreshments. Meet Ellendune Centre, Wroughton. Off road, rural trail with steep ascent, need to be reasonably fit. Call 01793 465413
Saturday 11 May 1pm: Four mile Old Town canal walk with the Ramblers. Meet Lambourne Avenue, close to Marlborough Road/Pipers Way roundabout. Leisurely pace for reasonably fit people (walk includes steps). Call Roger on 07895 071367
Pick up a copy of the Walking Festival brochure at a leisure centre or library, or click here for the full programme
Or call 01793 465413 for details.
Get Walking West Swindon
Hot off the press, Amanda Rothwell holding the brand new Get Walking in West Swindon – 24 pages of great information about walking groups in the town and walking route maps around West Swindon.
Amanda is pictured with two of the three figures featured in Looking to the Future, Jon Buck’s 1985 sculpture, part of the sculpture walk featured in Get Walking Magazine using photographs supplied by Swindon Link. You can find the answers to the quiz in the magazine by clicking here
Get Walking is available at the walking festival and in Swindon Council libraries. Or download it here