Walk well in Cheltenham

Published on 5th May 2011

Due to popular demand, Cheltenham’s award winning health walks are expanding with the launch of evening walks.

The walks are free of charge and open to all - from first time walkers to experienced ramblers - and are led by trained walk leaders. 

Cheltenham Borough Council's 'Walk Well' scheme has received national accreditation from Natural England which means that the walks meet the criteria set by health professionals.  The new evening walks, which last around forty minutes, will take place every Tuesday (starting on 10 May) from the University of Gloucestershire Park campus and every Thursday (from 12 May) at the front entrance to the Beechwood shopping centre, both starting at 6pm.  They complement the existing programme of day time walks. 

Rowena Tassell, the council's healthy lifestyles officer said:  ''The walks are always popular as they are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Some people join in to improve their fitness, some are referred by their GP and others come along simply because they enjoy the fresh air.  The walks are also a great way of meeting others.  We now hope to pass on the positive, healthy message of walking to those who are at work during the day and not able to join us on our day time walks.

''Thanks goes to the trained volunteers who guide the walks as without them, it wouldn't be possible for us to offer this free activity.''

The walks are flat and where possible roads are avoided.

For more information about the walks or to train as a volunteer talk leader, contact Rowena Tassell on 01242 775202 or email Rowena.tassell@www.cheltenham.gov.uk

For media enquiries, contact: Katie Sandey, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050, email katie.sandey@www.cheltenham.gov.uk