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Step up your fitness as healthy walks resume

News release 9741, published on 14 Jul 2020
Get back into your stride safely after the COVID-19 lockdown by joining one of the popular social distanced health walks that are restarting in the borough.

Three short health walks at Eastrop, Overton and Beggarwood will return, starting from Monday 13 July, as Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council introduces a reduced programme with limited numbers.

Booking beforehand is essential due to government social distancing guidelines which allow only six people to take part, including walk leaders. Anybody turning up on the day without a reserved place won’t be able to join in.

The Monday walks include one starting from Eastrop Boathouse at 10.45am, weekly from 13 July. From Monday 20 July, there will be a fortnightly walk starting from Overton recreation ground at 10am.

From Wednesday 5 August, the health walk starting from Beggarwood Community Centre will restart at 11am and takes place on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

The borough’s Healthy Walks programme offers a gentle way to exercise. All walks are free and led by a trained walk leader.

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: “I’m delighted that we are able to restart our health walks programme.

“Many people have introduced outdoor exercise, such as walking, into their routines during lockdown as part of their daily exercise allowance and this is a great opportunity to build on this and enjoy the company of others, while ensuring social distancing guidance is met.

“Health walks are a wonderful way to meet new people as well as improving fitness and it gives a real boost to mental wellbeing.”

Spaces are very limited and can be booked using an online form at

For more information, contact Elinor Gold on 01256 845284 or email


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