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Put a spring in your step and get healthy!

News release 9628, published on 10 Feb 2020
Take a step towards a healthier lifestyle by taking a stroll on an organised walk this spring.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is encouraging local people of all ages to join in one of its 26 healthy walks which take place around the borough.
There will soon be one more when a new Winklebury walk starts in May, going from the Sycamore Centre at 11.15am every first and third Monday of the month.
The weekly Healthy Walks programme offers a gentle way to begin exercise. A choice of short walks at a medium pace and longer walks at a fast pace are on offer at many locations including Tadley, Overton, Eastrop and Oakley.
All walks are free and led by a trained walk leader and have a backmarker so you can comfortably join in with no fear of being left behind – there’s even a refreshments and a chance to socialise afterwards on some routes.
The walks are part of the national Walking for Health initiative, a partnership between the Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Care, to encourage everybody to get active.
Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “The Healthy Walks programme offers great opportunities to make the most of the benefits of getting out and about in the fresh air.
“Walking is a wonderful way to meet new people, improve your fitness and boost your mental wellbeing, with the bonus of enjoying some of the loveliest countryside in our borough.
“The timetable of free walks offers times and dates to suit everyone, so why not take a positive step forward and get involved?”
If you would like to find out more call Elinor Gold on 01256 845284, email healthwalks@basingstoke.gov.uk or visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/healthwalks

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