What is Active Walks all About?
Active Walks is Sefton’s local accredited Walking for Health walk programme and provides local organised walks throughout Sefton, they are volunteer led and follow a variety of routes including woodland trails, coastal paths, canal towpaths and local parks. The walks also include Pram Walks with the pace of each walk being set by the group.
The programme also has longer walks beyond Walking for Health, Challenging Walks and Nordic Walks, something for everybody. The walks vary in length and time with walks lasting from ten minutes to several hours and are available at meeting points all over the borough of Sefton.
Walking can be the perfect exercise as it places little stress upon the bones and joints but users over two hundred muscles within the body and can help develop and maintain fitness.
Our walks programme is published on our events calendar or alternatively, contact us for a copy of our latest walking and cycling newsletter (also available to download).
There is no need to book and they are completely free of charge.
If you want to get out and do some independent walking without joining a group – we have just the thing……the independent walk pack is a compilation of easy to use and easy to walk routes of various lengths, utilising some of the existing network of pathways in the borough. Some of the walks are also accessible for wheelchair users.
Hard copy versions of these are available through the Sefton’s Health walk Co-ordinator on 0345 140 0845, alternatively we have the individual routes available for download here
Individual Walking Routes
Our partners at VISIT Sefton and West Lancs also have lots of ideas and wonderful routes for you to try. Have a look and see what they have on offer here.
Nordic Walking is a fitness walk which uses specially designed poles to enhance the natural walking experience, it burns up to 40% more calories and uses 90% of the body’s muscles. The poles are used to get the upper body moving and to help propel the walker, meaning that the walker works harder than usual whilst walking, yet the support provided by the poles make it feel easier.
There have been a regular Nordic Walks in Sefton since February 2012 and all of them free to join as long as you have completed the technique training course.
Nordic Walking is a great way to lose weight and stay healthy as it strengthens your upper body and reduces stress on the joints. It’s all about technique!
For our full programme, please see here
For details of our next technique training courses, contact Steph on 0151 934 2824.