Walking festival aims to help people keep fit in the great outdoors

17 May 2016

Residents of Wirral, Ellesmere Port and Neston can explore parks, countryside, coast and heritage sites during a month-long festival.

Wirral Walking Festival features a series of walks throughout May to inspire residents to increase their physical activity, socialise and meet new people.

The annual event is organised by the Wirral Parks and Countryside Team.

This year Cheshire West and Chester Council is working with the team and with Active Cheshire to expand the festival to include Ellesmere Port and Neston.

Walks will be delivered by a variety of organisations, including Brio Leisure, RSPB and Age UK.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “The Wirral Walking Festival is a great opportunity to improve our health by increasing the amount of physical activity we do. 

“There are almost 200 walks in the festival brochure so there is something for everyone.” Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting opportunities for residents to become more physically active.

In 2014 the Active People Survey, led by Sport England, identified that 22.8 per cent of adults in west Cheshire do less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.

Natural England revealed that just 23.8 per cent of people use outdoor space for exercise or health reasons.

National guidelines recommend that adults should be active daily and that during a week adults should have two-and-a-half hours of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

For more information about the walks visit visitwirral.com and click on ‘What’s On’.

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