Wednesday, 6 May 2015

National Walking Week

National Walking Month:
Did you know that May is National Walking Month?  Why not take to your feet and feel the benefits of walking…
·        Get more family time… Ditch the car and walk to school or spend an afternoon walking along Sunderland’s stunning coastline or strolling in one of the many parks.
·        Make your money go further… Use your feet and save on fuel and bus fares.
·        Take in our heritage… Discover Sunderland’s rich heritage by following one of the dedicated heritage trails across the city.
·        Get fitter… Walking is a great way to boost your fitness. You could even sign up to the Active Sunderland Big Walk.
·        Relax and unwind… 88% of people saw an overall improvement in their mood after going for a walk outside, according to a study by mental health charity, MIND.
·        Help the planet… Swapping the car for your feet saves on carbon dioxide – so it’s good for you and the planet!


Walk to Work Week:
From Monday 11 to Friday 15 May it's Walk to Work Week and Living Streets (a national charity) are offering you a workplace walking challenge. If you want to take up the challenge, you can log onto www.livingstreets.org.uk for tips, tools and inspirational stories. You can also log your walks and get competitive.


Wellness Walking Programme:
Please find attached our NEW and updated Wellness Walking Programme leaflet and poster which gives information for all of our weekly led Health Walks and Nordic Walks here in Sunderland, for all walks between 1st April and 30th June 2015.

For our regular walkers to the programme, please note that some walks have been removed, some start times and venues have been slightly changed, and some completely new walks have been added, so please check to make sure your walk is still as it was, and to see if you would be interested in attending any of the new walks!
For those who haven’t been to our walks yet, our enthusiastic and friendly volunteer team are raring to go, and looking forward to meeting you, particularly at the new walks!  Please take the first step and add a walk to your diary.  You won’t be disappointed!


NEW Sunderland Heritage Walks:
This spring will see the launch of a series of Heritage Walks across the city, which will provide an opportunity to be more active whilst discovering many of Sunderland’s most loved land marks and places of interest. Sunderland is steeped in history with many hidden treasures to discover.
The historic and natural environment can have a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing. Why not give yourself a boost, get outside, get active and reconnect with history and nature with Sunderland City Council’s heritage walks?
These walks take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and places of interest, including Penshaw Monument, St Peter’s Church and the Queen Alexandra Bridge.
They also visit some of the lesser known sites like Trafalgar Square, the Victoria Viaduct and High Wood.
The walks are distributed across the five areas of the city:
North
•             Roker Seafront Circular
•             Sunderland Marina, River Wear Circular
•             Hylton Castle and Dene Circular
East
•             Ashbrooke Circular
•             Hendon East End Circular
•             Bridge to Bridge
West
•             South Hylton Circular
•             Barnes Park to Grindon Sandhill
•             Silksworth Circular
Coalfields
•             Penshaw Monument Circular
•             Hetton Circular
Washington
•             Washington Wetland Centre Circular
•             Fatfield Circular

Further heritage walks are planned for Elba Park, Pallion and a city centre First World War themed route. More routes will follow as we work with local history and community groups. If you know of an interesting walking route that you would like to share, please contact us on the number or email below.
The walk leaflets are free of charge and available to pick up at your nearest wellness centre, library or can be downloaded online atwww.activesunderland.org.uk
For more information and to request a walking pack call 0191 561 4578 or email anthony.hindmarch@sunderland.gov.uk.

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