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. For those that are able there is a progression scheme called Next Steps which is available for those who can manage with slightly less support than the health walks. These walks are up to about five miles and are graded easy to moderate, although may include steps and stiles.
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.
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!
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 our confidence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.