At this time of year, it’s delightful to relax in front of a crackling fire with a glass of something warming- although it always feels better if you have experienced the delights of a bracing ramble over the Shropshire countryside first.
Walking has been described as the perfect exercise and we completely agree! It not only helps everyone live happier, healthier lives but can also help to keep your mind and your social life healthy too, so why not make a start and find a walk near you today.
The Severn Strollers Walking for Health scheme was set up as part of the National Walking for Health initiative. All the walks have been graded for you to suit levels of ability:
Grade 1 - up to 30 mins; flat ground or gentle slopes.
Grade 2 - 30 - 60 mins; may include some moderate slopes.
Grade 3 - 45 – 90 mins; include steeper slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and stiles.
Next Step Walks 4 - up to 2 hrs; not part of the Walking for Health scheme.
4-10am (1st Wed of the month 9.30am)
1-10am (3rd Tue of every month)
Westgate Council Office
Community Centre, Low Town
Broseley Health Centre
4-9.30am(1st Wed every month)
Chelmarsh Village Hall
Holy Trinity Church
3rd Thursday of every month
St Johns Church
HORSEHAY & LAWLEY
Horsehay Golf Club
Court Street Medical Practice
Tesco Car park
4-9.30am(1st Mon every month)
Oakengates Leisure Centre
Wellington Leisure Centre
For more information call 01743 255059, email [email protected] or visitwalkingforhealth.org.uk
More Local Walks and groups
Severn Valley Country Park
Join fully qualified instructor, Sally Orton and her team for an enjoyable Nordic walking session. Nordic walking is a full body exercise that is easy on the joints and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
10-11am £4 per person 01746 781192
20 DEC – 5 JAN
Festival of Winter Walks
Choose from fun festive themed walks that the little ones will love, leisurely strolls for people new to walking and longer walks for those that want more of a challenge. Walks are free and a great way to get out and about and walk off some of that festive excess. To find a walk near you go to www.ramblers.org.uk for more info.
Local Walking Groups
Walkers are Welcome
You can find a selection of walks to download online or alternatively you can pick up from Much Wenlock Museum, open Tuesday - Sunday 11 - 5pm.
Telford and East Shropshire Ramblers
Ann Suffolk 07903 325011; tesramblers.org.uk
Bridgnorth Walking Club
Hilary Davies 01746 862652; bridgnorthwalkingclub.org.uk
If you would like feature your local walking group please email us [email protected]
Always call beforehand to ensure walks are going ahead and to check times. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and carry water and, if required, a snack/lunch.