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Health walks

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Health Walks are designed for people who are unable to access our Ranger Guided Walks and take place throughout the National Park. The walks provide a high level of support for people of all ages and abilities who do not have the confidence to go for a walk without support. Community Transport is available for anyone unable to get to the start of a walk using their own transport. The walks are around three miles and are graded easy or moderate. There is always an easy walk available and they take place once a month between February and November.

Walking is an everyday activity that has numerous benefits - it can help us stay healthy, keep our weight in check, give us energy and improve the flexibility and strength of muscles, joints and bones. Regular walking can also help in the prevention of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. If you have an existing health condition, walking can often help relieve some of the symptoms and aid faster recovery. When we walk, our brains release chemicals that make us feel good and helps us cope with stress, anxiety and depression, and feeling fitter leads to increased confidence.

As well as the physical benefits, walking also helps keep your mind active and your social life healthy, especially when it's done as part of a group like Peak Park Health walks. It's a great way to start - and keep going!

To join our Health Walks, participants need to register with the scheme and meet the qualifying criteria which would include one or more of the following:

  • Lack of transport
  • Low income
  • Social isolation
  • Old age
  • Health problem or disability that prevents the walker from accessing other guided walks.

For more information please call the Health Walks Co-ordinator, Chris Porter on 01629 816200 or email christina.porter@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Roll and Stroll

Roll and stroll are fully accessible wheelchair walks which are offered to care homes for adults with learning difficulties as well as individuals and carers. They help people get outdoors and active and give them opportunity to meet new people and broaden their experience.

Roll and Stroll have been run by Derbyshire Dales District council since 2016 and have proved very popular. Health benefits of this kind of activity and interaction are widely researched and the positive benefits for both residents and carers are huge. Until now Derbyshire Dales Council have only had the capacity to offer 1 walk per month. We have created a new partnership with Derbyshire Dales and Chesterfield Council so between us we can offer 3 walks per month.

For more information please contact Ranger Sally Wheal: sally.wheal@peakdistrict.gov.uk or 01298 84992.

Dementia Walks

Derbyshire Dales trialled their first dementia walk in November last year and the response was overwhelming. So, we have decided to team up with them to create a regular programme of walks to enable those living with dementia and their carers to enjoy exercise, good company and the great outdoors. Again, working in partnership with Derbyshire Dales and Chesterfield council we can provide regular walks. Access to nature and regular exercise have numerous benefits for people living with dementia as well as giving the carers a chance to get out and stay active and meet others living with dementia .

For more information please contact Ranger Sally Wheal: sally.wheal@peakdistrict.gov.uk or 01298 84992.

The full programme of accessible walks is at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/walkingforhealth.

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