Friday, 21 January 2011

Worcester Walks Could Get You Fit

By Ben Aulakh

Fitness-conscious ramblers in Worcestershire are being challenged to put their best foot forward to shed a few pounds on one of the county’s country walks.

Worcestershire County Council are offering leaflets with details of marked walking routes, for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced rambler.

Brochures with information on the Severn Way, the North Worcestershire Path and the Worcestershire Way Walkers' Guide are also available for people to buy.

Cllr Derek Prodger MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Safe Environment said, “A lot of us make promises to ourselves at this time of the year to start getting active and getting out into our 
countryside is a great way of keeping fit for free.

“The leaflets, brochures and website are all packed with information to help everyone – from the absolute beginner to the experienced walker.”

Information on a number of shorter routes and Health Walks, which happen across Worcestershire, are also on the website.

Cllr Prodger added, “So why not have a look and take advantage of the county's countryside walks?"

Visitors to Worcestershirr can also enjoy two Green Flag standard Country Parks, 21 picnic spaces, three sites of Special Scientific Interest and seven Local Nature reserves.

Walkers can also take advantage of 16,000 rights of way – totalling around 3,000 miles in length – and 140 miles of way-marked trails.

Further details are available at the 'Explore the Countryside' section at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside webpages.

All of the free publications can be easily downloaded or people can call the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 766493 for copies.

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