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Harlow walking back to healthiness

Communities / Wed 14th May 2014 am31 11:46am

THROUGHOUT the month of May Harlow Council is encouraging residents to start walking more to celebrate National Walking Month.

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It’s underrated as a form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

A Harlow Council spokesman, said: “Harlow is a perfect place to get walking with beautiful walks including routes through the Town Park, Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, along the River Stort and other footpaths around town. There are also a number of projects in Harlow that have been established to encourage people to do more walking.”

Harlow Arts Trust has developed a sculpture trail map and app that guides people around some of Harlow’s finest sculptures and walkways. The map can be picked up from the Gibberd Gallery located in the Civic Centre and the App can be downloaded for Apple devices from App Store on iTunes and will soon be available on Google Play for Android based mobile devices.

Active Harlow has developed a range of led walks that are being delivered by Anglia Community Enterprises. The walks take place:
Mondays at 10am starting from South Anglia Housing Association Office. CM18 7SQ.

Wednesdays at 10.15am starting at The Greyhound Pub. CM20 2QD.

Wednesdays at 12 noon. Starting outside the Civic Offices. CM20 1WG.

Thursdays at 9.45am starting from Tree House Children’s Centre. CM18 7NG.

Thursday at 12 noon starting from the underpass next to Ross/Hamilton GP Surgery. CM18 6LY.

There are a number of Wildspace walks across Harlow such as Hawkenbury Meadows and Harlow Marshes. More information is available at www.harlow.gov.uk.

The Ramblers also have a range of walking routes that can be accessed on www.ramblers.org.uk.

Monday 12 May 2014 also marked the start of National Walk to Work Week. Residents are encouraged to leave their cars and walk to work to help improve fitness level but also to have a positive impact on the environment. Anyone taking part in this or the walking month that works for a business in Harlow can register at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk to log their walking activities and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!

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