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|Title:||Get Doncaster Walking festival back for 2014|
|ID & Publication:||20140111004 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Local) |
Doncaster Council's 'Get Doncaster Walking' festival is returning for the start of 2014 and the year round programme is supporting the Walk Boost initiative encouraging people to ‘ditch the car’ to take a more sustainable mode of transport to their work place either by foot, public transport or cycling.
Walking is a fantastic way to improve your physical activity and can be a fun, sociable way to see the sites of Doncaster. By taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, you will help to reduce your risk of developing chronic health problems like coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other major diseases. The festival includes a variety of walks which vary in distance and difficulty to help get all residents on the move.
Councillor Pat Knight, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: ‘Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to be more active - and start by taking part in some of our organised walks. Not only will the festival offer obvious health benefits, each walk will introduce people to the many beautiful places around the borough.
‘We recorded over 1,500 attendances during last year’s festival and we hope to get more people get involved this year and appreciate Doncaster’s great open spaces.’
Residents interested in taking part can grab a leaflet detailing walks for the first half of 2014 from their local leisure centre, library, children centre or GPs surgery. Alternatively, they can download the booklet from www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking
Each walk listed in the booklet sets out the date and time, the distance, a brief description of the walk as well as any special requirements. We are still dividing our walks into the ‘Stroller’ and ‘Strider’ categories with a ‘Stroller’ walk being delivered at a slow pace and suitable for all and a ‘Strider’ having a slightly faster pace and can be found more challenging for some. Dogs are allowed on the majority of the walks provided that they are kept on a lead at all times, dog friendly walks are identified by a symbol on the leaflet.
The first walk of the new festival is the Rossington Roam meeting at the Holmescarr Centre on Sunday 5 January. The slow paced ‘Strider’ walk starts at 9.30am and will be a 10 mile circular walk taking in the village of Loversall and pass through Potteric Carr nature reserve.
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