New Walking for Health Walks in Cottingham are proving popular

Tue, 14 Aug 2018

The flourishing local Walking for Health scheme has expanded and the new 30 minute walks launched recently in Cottingham are already proving popular.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council runs a programme of health walks aimed mainly at people who take little or no exercise. It is part of the national Walking for Health initiative and offers led walks for beginners.

The new walks take place every other Monday at 10.30am. The next will be on 20 August from Cottingham Sports Centre, King George V Playing Fields, Northgate, Cottingham. The walk lasts for approximately 30 minutes and afterwards there is the chance to socialise and have refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Pat Moody, Cottingham’s volunteer walk leader, says: “This is a fantastic area with lots of great walks. Walking is the perfect way to stay active and meet lots of new people.”

The new 30 minute walk links in with the existing one- hour walk that runs on the third Wednesday of the month at 1pm and the two- hour walk on the first Wednesday of the month at 1pm, from Cottingham Sports Centre.

Laura Hutchinson, scheme co-ordinator, says: “ Walking at a brisk pace for as little as 10 minutes per day can lead to massive health benefits by lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease, dementia and some cancers. The new 30 minute walk not only provides you with 30 minutes of exercise, but it also gets people walking in their local community and improving their mental well-being”

East Riding Walking for Health welcomes new walkers throughout the year. Over 70 walks take place each month starting from a variety of locations around the East Riding of Yorkshire. Anybody who would like to walk with any of East Riding’s Walking for Health groups or train as a Walking for Health Volunteer Walk Leader, should contact the Scheme Co-ordinator, Laura Hutchinson, by phone on 01482 392527 or email laura.hutchinson@eastriding.gov.uk.

See the full programme and find out about other health walks in the area by logging onto www.walkingforhealth.org.uk or http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/sport-and-play/clubs-and-activities/activities-for-adults/