By Lorraine Gibson.
THE health benefits from getting out in daylight hours during the winter months are well documented and, since walking’s an ideal form of exercise for all ages and fitness levels, it makes sense to combine the two.
Walking can also improve your immune system, reduce blood pressure and anxiety, and lift your mood.
Good news, then, that a guided walk led by knowledgeable, friendly volunteers will be leaving from the visitor centre at Avon Heath Country Park every Tuesday at 2pm. Even better, it is free.
Choose from a 30-minute or one-hour guided walk and enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by the mood-enhancing sights and sounds of nature.
The trails are along gravel, hard dirt or sandy tracks, so your walking boots won’t get covered in mud and you can grab a hot drink at the on-site cafe with your fellow walkers afterwards.
Avon Heath Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it is home to all six of the UK’s native reptile species and rare or endangered plant life. It’s cared for by a team of Rangers, all keen to share its beauty with visitors.
So get your walking boots on and walk your way to fitness this New Year. Be sure to arrive a little before 2pm to check in at the visitor centre reception and meet the team.
For more information phone the visitor centre on 01425 478082 (seven days a week, 10am to 4pm).