North Somerset Council wants to highlight the many walking opportunities in North Somerset and celebrate what walking has brought to many people’s lives during the pandemic, inspiring others to start or to continue their walking as lockdown eases.
Several cafes across North Somerset are supporting National Walking Month by providing local walking routes. An extensive list of walking routes of up to four miles will be on the Go4Life website at https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/walking, including routes which are suitable for people who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility.
There will be a Walk A Mile A Day challenge throughout May to encourage people who are currently inactive to try and complete a mile a day, and there will also be an opportunity to win a prize draw by completing a survey.
Throughout the month there will be plenty of social media posts to support everybody to get more active. The council’s Physical Activity team would especially like to hear from anyone who is interested in helping to start a new walking group or would like to join an existing group.
Cllr Mike Bell, North Somerset Council’s deputy Leader and Executive Member with responsibility for health, said: “Walking is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental health.
“I know during lockdown more people started walking regularly as part of their daily exercise. I really hope National Walking Month will inspire people to start or continue with walking as lockdown eases.
“There’ll be a list of local routes available, the vast majority of which will be accessible for people who have limited mobility and people who use wheelchairs. For each route we’ll include a guide to say how accessible it is.
“In particular, we want to encourage people who aren’t currently active to try the Mile a Day in May challenge. We also hope that National Walking Month will inspire people who are interested in walking with other people in their local communities.
“Now that we can meet up with up to six other people outside, walking is a great way to reconnect with friends and family, as it’s an activity for all the family to get involved with.
“As well as the health benefits, walking can also be a great way to explore your local area, finding out what’s on your doorstep – whether that be nature and the environment or local shops and businesses.”
To find out more, get involved and contact the team go to https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/walking.