I attended the launch of ‘A Walk in the Park’ yesterday (Sunday) in Hyde Park. This is a programme of ten weekly London health walks being launched by the Ramblers in partnership with the Rain Trust – with funding help from Natural England and the Royal Parks.
A team of 30 Ramblers volunteers are leading the walks – some of whom have been walks leaders before, and some of whom are members who haven’t volunteered before. The walks will take place in Green Park, Regents Park, Kensington Gardens, St James Park, Hyde Park, and Greenwich Park.
Across the country, there are already strong links between the Ramblers and local health walks programmes. Indeed, a very high proportion of health walks leaders are actually Ramblers members/volunteers. With the cutbacks that are taking place in public funding, the chances are that we’ll see more Ramblers groups and volunteers helping to lead health walks.
One of the advantages for the Ramblers is that it helps us to introduce new people to the joys and benefits of walking (which is one of our charitable objectives).
If you’d like more information about this programme of health walks, visit: www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk/walkfinder/london/walk-park
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