New programme launched for Health Walks in Herts

Published: 16 Aug 2017


Keep your activity levels up beyond summer by taking part in one of the 60 weekly Health Walks organised by Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service.

A new programme has been launched for September-December 2017 so you now have plenty of opportunities to explore Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside throughout autumn and early winter.

Hertfordshire Health Walks are an accredited part of England’s largest network of short walks, Walking for Health, which aims to help more people lead an active lifestyle.

Getting active can be difficult, but we’re here to help. Our group walks are led by friendly, trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support. The walks are short and over easy terrain, lasting between 20 minutes and 90 minutes, and are open to all.

Over the past year over 3,400 people have enjoyed Health Walks and many walkers and volunteers have succeeded in losing weight and improving their blood pressure. 

Hertfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, Richard Roberts, said: “In many ways walking is the perfect prescription, as it’s good for our health, it’s a great mood-booster and people can easily fit it into their busy lives. It also offers people a great opportunity to meet new people and make more friends. I would encourage everyone to give Health Walks a go!”

It’s easy to get involved – you can register online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks or simply turn up! Here you’ll find all the September-December 2017 programmes of walks, categorised by district council areas. There is also an easy postcode search tool to help you find your nearest walk.

Further information can be obtained by calling 01992 588433, emailing healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk  or by following @hertshealthwalk on Twitter. Many libraries, GP surgeries and local government buildings hold a supply of printed programmes too.

You can also sign up for the Walking in Hertfordshire e-bulletin, to keep up to date with all of the organised walking activities organised by CMS and its team of dedicated volunteers. Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/updateme to sign up!