Attend a walk at your local GP surgery this weekend
The first in a series of events designed to get Telford active will take place this weekend (Sunday May 19) with one of the biggest, simultaneous walking events in the borough.
Teams from Telford’s T50 50 mile Trail have joined forces with Telford & Wrekin Council’s public health team and members of the public to ‘Get Telford Walking’.
Almost 50 volunteers have signed up to help out as walk leaders and support staff for the walks which range from 30 to 60 minutes in duration.
Start points for short circular walks between one to two miles are planned from 28 doctors’ surgeries across the borough and the Princess Royal Hospital.
Open to all, walks will range in distance from short circular walks of 1-2 miles and there are longer walks from each surgery that join sections of the 50 mile trail.
The longer walks will converge in Telford Town Park, ensuring everyone has a chance to take part at a level that suits them.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It’s great to see this project getting off the ground with help from so many volunteers and Telford & Wrekin Council’s ‘Let’s Get Telford Active’ fund.
“The volunteers are such a passionate group as they have seen first-hand how good walking is for not just health but also mental wellbeing and are a great bunch with lots of helpful tips for people just getting started.
Cllr Raj Mehta, Cabinet Member for Communities & Inclusivity, said: “Community events such as these are great for bringing people together and if people can enjoy time outdoors while being active, it might just be the start of something that will continue and encourage an active lifestyle and new friendships.
Dag Saunders, one of the volunteer organisers, said: “Telford has so many footpaths and bridleways it’s just ideal for walking, plus there are so many beautiful walks and green spaces - this is a great way to discover new places and get out in the fresh air with friends.
“We are also keen to share the benefits associated with walking like losing weight, preventing or managing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
“It also helps strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood, balance and co-ordination too and we’re inviting people to take part in these free organised and relaxed walks.”
Details for all the planned walks can be found on the Facebook Event page for Get Telford Walking
Walkers will be joined by BBC Radio Shropshire Presenter, Paul Suttleworth, as part of their 'Summer of Walks' and will be covering the event live on the day.