Telford Gets Walking

Hundreds of people across Telford met at GP surgeries and then took to Telford’s myriad of footpaths and bridleways in a simultaneous walking event last weekend (May 19).

Walkers joined volunteers from the T50 50 Mile Trail on short circular walks starting at surgeries or longer ones which converged in Telford Town Park as part of the Get Telford Walking event.

The best turnout was at Oakengates GP surgery where around 20 people went on the short circular walk.

The event was the first in a series of community led events supported by Telford & Wrekin Council’s ‘Let’s Get Telford Active fund.’

Councillor Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for health & social care, said: “Walking is just as important for your mental health as well as the physical side, and the volunteers who put this together know that more than anyone.

“This year I am looking forward to working with volunteers and the community to support more events like this that aim to get Telford active.”

Councillor Raj Mehta, Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, said: “I would like to give a big ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who gave their time to turn an idea I had into a reality.

“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.”

Dg Saunders, one of the volunteer organisers, said: “Walking is a great way to be healthy, meet new people and make friends, and the event showed this.

“People who had never met spent their times chatting whilst enjoying themselves on one of the many beautiful walks that Telford has.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested to go out and find a local walking group they can join. Get out there and discover new places and enjoy the fresh air with friends.
“The youngest person was 5 and eldest was 86 showing its and activity for all.”

The council’s £50,000 Get Telford Active fund is supporting more than 20 projects led by the community, taking place over the next year.

More information about these events and how to take part can be found by visiting:

The organisations involved in organising the event were: Walking for Health, Wellington Walkers are Welcome and East Shropshire and Telford Ramblers Association.

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