Guided walks to help Hartlepool folk shed the festive pounds

Nordic Walking instructor David Beevers (left) and Chris Cordner (2nd left) along with fellow walkers set of for their walk around Sumerhill. Picture by FRANK REID
Nordic Walking instructor David Beevers (left) and Chris Cordner (2nd left) along with fellow walkers set of for their walk around Sumerhill. Picture by FRANK REID
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RESIDENTS are being offered a chance to shed those extra Christmas pounds and get fitter by taking part in a programme of free community walks in the new year.

The walks, run by Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team under the banner of “Walk About in Hartlepool”, are led by fully qualified walk leaders.

The latest programme, which is aimed at people of all ages, is a great opportunity to meet new friends and explore the local area.

The walks have each been given a grade, symbolised by one, two or three footprints. A one footprint walk is aimed at beginners and covers a distance of up to a mile.

It lasts up to 30 minutes and takes place at a very gentle pace on flat ground.

A two footprint walk is an intermediate walk, lasting 45-60 minutes at a steady pace over a distance of up to three miles, and a three footprint walk is an intermediate walk over a distance of three-miles-plus that will take 90 minutes at steady to moderate pace.

The programme also features a number of “Away Days” incorporating walks lasting around two hours at a steady to moderate pace.

There’s no need to book for walks, although people are advised to check that a walk is still taking place before attending. Walkers should bring a drink and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Rachael Graham, sport and physical activity officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “These walks are an enjoyable way of becoming fitter and healthier – and they also give you a chance to make new friends to boot!”

For more information contact Rachael on (01429) 284052.