created by Rachel Hogg published on 25 July 2016

A NEW programme of free community walks is underway in Hartlepool and residents are being urged to take part.

The walks, run by Hartlepool Council's Sport and Recreation Service under the banner of "Walk About in Hartlepool", are led by fully qualified walk leaders.

The latest programme, which covers the period July-September, is aimed at people of all ages and is a great opportunity for them to meet new friends and explore the local area.

Each of the walks is graded.  Those aimed at beginners cover a distance of up to 1 mile, last up to 30 minutes and take place at a very gentle pace on flat ground.  Intermediate walks last 90 minutes and cover 3+ miles at a steady to moderate pace.

The programme also features a number of "Away Day Walks" that last around two hours at a steady to moderate pace.

There's no need to book for walks, although people are advised to check that a walk is still taking place before attending by calling (01429) 284054.  Walkers should bring a drink and wear shoes comfortable for walking and clothing that is appropriate for the weather.

Ryan Houghton from Hartlepool Council's Sport and Recreation Service said: "These walks are an enjoybale way of becoming fitter and healthier - and they also give you a chance to make new friends to boot!

"Previous walks programmes have proved really popular and we look forward to welcoming back our regulars and, hopefully, attracting some new walkers."

For full details of the current Walk About in Hartlepool programme go to www.gethartlepoolactive.co.uk/walking

People can also keep themselves up to date by signing up to a walks calendar at spat@hartlepool.gov.uk

The Sport and Recreation Service also trains volunteer Walk Leaders to lead walks and anyone who is interested should email spat@hartlepool.gov.uk or call (01429) 284050.

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