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Friday, January 06, 2017

Stride out in the new year and walk your way to better health

Let your feet hit the street in 2017 by joining West Lancashire Borough Council’s health walks.

Grab some comfortable walking shoes and join our walk leaders for short, sociable walks across different locations in West Lancashire.

Walks are open to all, are approximately one hour long and a well-earned ‘cuppa’ awaits you at the end of the walks. You don’t have to book in advance, so come along and get some fresh air into your lungs.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “One of the top priorities in the Council Plan is to be ambitious for the health and wellbeing of our communities. If you want to be more active and healthier in 2017 our health walks can really help you with that. So let your feet hit the street and come and join the walkers. A warm welcome awaits you. No need to book, just turn up!”

The weekly health walks start again for 2017 from the week beginning 9 January. The meeting points for the walks are as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 10am-11am, starting from the bowling pavilion at Richmond Park, Burscough, L40 2XY
  • Tuesdays, 10.30am–11.30am meet outside Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale, WN8 6NL
  • Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm, starting from the bowling pavilion at Coronation Park, Ormskirk, L39 3BY
  • Thursdays, 10am-11am from Banks Leisure Centre, Banks, PR9 8BL

Walks will take in a mixture of on-street footways and off-street paths. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and ground conditions.
For more information about the health walks, please contact Leisure Services on 01695 555804 or 01695 585145.

If you fancy longer walks the Council’s Parks and Countryside Ranger Service organises regular countryside walks, including the popular Walking Festival, which runs throughout August. There will be intermediate walks of about 5/6 miles on the first Monday of each month and a longer walk of between 8-12 miles on the 3rd Sunday of each month. People taking part can explore beautiful countryside and discover the wonderful wildlife in West Lancashire. Walks coming up are the Beacon Canal Loop of approximately eight miles on Sunday 15 January (meet at Beacon Country Park’s Ranger Station at 9.50am for a 10am start), and the five mile loop around Abbey Lakes and Dean Wood on Monday 6 February (meet at Abbey Lakes 9.50am for a 10am start). For more information contact the rangers on 01695 622794. Due to the advanced nature of these walks it is advised that you wear suitable sturdy footwear with ankle support and suitable clothing for the weather.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events. For more information on the health walks please health walks.

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