Our pilot festival in 2015 enjoyed massive support from Boston’s extremely successful Health Walks programme through its co-ordinator, walk leaders and dedicated walkers. Once again, Boston’s walk leaders will be leading lots of #SLWF walks this autumn!
Next year Boston Health Walks will have been running for 10 years and is planning a celebration walk for their 400+ members and 50 volunteers who deliver 12 different walks every week. They have seen many improvements in the health and wellbeing of their members, be it mentally, socially or physically. This is very rewarding for everyone and all involved feel the walking programme has become a vital service within their community.
Frances Taylor Walks Co-ordinator for Boston says “The walk leaders show such commitment to their groups and are always ready to welcome new walkers. They encourage walkers to improve their walking and are ready to support those that need it. Without such amazing walk leaders the programme would definitely not be the success that it has proven to be.”
Boston Health Walks have entered 11 walks into the festival and look forward to welcoming people from the wider community to them. If you’re interested in finding out about joining Boston’s Health Walks programme, walk details and contact information are available on the website.
Continuing our guest blogs is 1Life’s Carly Togher who co-ordinates health walks in North Kesteven:
The North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk scheme operates within the North Kesteven District, offering 15 free and accessible health walks to local communities. All walks are led by our team of dedicated volunteer walk leaders; some of which are leading walks in this year’s festival!
We are very excited to be involved in the upcoming South Lincolnshire Walking Festival and are looking forward to sharing some of our fantastic walking routes with you. Regular Whisby volunteer walk leader, Brian Smith will be leading a walk at Whisby Natural World Centre on Friday 25th September. The walk includes circular routes with varying lengths, so all abilities are catered for. Walkers are encouraged to enjoy lunch at the Boardwalk Café at the Natural World Centre after completing the walk.
Nick Grimshaw, who leads multiple walks for the NK Social Strollers, is joining up his regular health walking routes to create an enjoyable 7 + miles walk around Branston and Heighington villages on Saturday 3rd October. There is no charge to this walk; however Nick is encouraging walkers to make a charitable donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Finally on Saturday 17th October, Sleaford health walk leader Shirley Thompson is leading a walk westwards along the River Slea towards its source. The route will then explore the allotments and pass through the cemetery before returning back along the River Slea. The walk will discuss the importance of the Sleaford Navigation and the water mills to the development of Sleaford.
If you would like more information on our regular health walks timetable please contact Carly Togher on: 01522 870272 or alternatively e-mail: Nkhealthandsports@1life.co.uk