#whendidyoulast take a walk on the wild side?

Posted on: 13 May 2016

This month we’re celebrating Naturally Healthy May in Devon, and encouraging people to get active in the great outdoors.

Join one of a special themed  ‘Walking for Health’ walks, run by Active Devon, to mark Naturally Healthy Month.

The walks take place from 16-22 May – click on the calendar for full details.

Walking forWFH Celebration Week JPEG Health is England’s largest network of health walk schemes, offering free short walks across the country to help people to get outdoors and lead a more active lifestyle. Walks are graded by walking time and gradient so that everyone can ensure they join a walk that is suitable for their current activity level.

Hannah Colston from Active Devon is co-ordinating the events. “Walking is a simple and wonderful way to access our beautiful parks, paths and green spaces and requires no special equipment,” said Hannah.

“Joining a health walk group means you’ll be able to discover new places, meet new people and enjoy the benefits of being naturally healthy. There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy getting out in the wild, for free.”

During the celebration week, each walk will have a unique twist, which may be spotting birds along Exeter canal or learning about the flora and fauna in Moretonhampstead. All walks are led by trained volunteers and there will be the opportunity for free refreshments and a chat afterwards.

Councillor Andrea Davis, lead member for health and wellbeing, is taking part in a walk from Lynmouth Pavilion on Friday 20 May.

Cllr Davis said: “I’ve already been out and about getting naturally healthy this month, and I’m really looking forward to taking part in the themed walk next week, which is all about the power of water.

“There are loads of challenges and activities available throughout the month – which genuinely offer something for everyone, as many of the activities are accessible for people using wheelchairs or with small children and buggies.

“We’ve got such a rich diversity of landscapes and environment in Devon. We’re the only county in the country to have two coastlines, and we have two national parks on our doorstep, but there’s much in between, in both our urban and our rural communities, where we can get out and experience the best of what nature has to offer.”

Find out about these local free, themed health walks, as well as the other events happening during May by visiting Naturally Healthy May or email Rebecca Russell.

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