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Weekly walking group launched in Ponteland

A weekly walking group is being launched to  help the people of Ponteland get fitter, healthier and happier. The new group is part of Walking for Health, a national network of more than 350 local walking groups.

Its launch follows an appeal by local resident Gordon Allan earlier this year to establish a team of trained volunteers to run the Walking for Health walks in Ponteland. Starting on the May 7th, the walks will take place every Tuesday, meeting at 10.30am at Ponteland Leisure Centre. The walks are open to everyone and are designed to last between an hour and an hour-and-a-half. People who want gentle exercise, enjoy being outdoors and want to explore the local network of excellent footpaths and bridleways are all invited.

The walks are also a great way to meet new people or socialise with friends. The routes are all on good footpaths and require no specialist equipment other than a pair of stout walking shoes/ trainers and a jacket to keep you warm and dry.

They have been designed for men and women who want to be more active or to provide a step down for people whose level of fitness has declined due to injury, illness or age. Walking alone, particularly on quiet footpaths, can be a barrier for many people and the walks overcome that by providing an opportunity for people to walk together and to meet new friends. The walk volunteers will make sure everyone is safe and nobody gets left behind. Assistance dogs only.

For more information, to volunteer, or just to chat to someone about the walks contact West Northumberland Health Walks Co-ordinator Lorraine Oliver on (01670) 622368 or at loliver@activenorthumberland.org.uk or local walks leader Gordon Allan on 07936 135469.

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