Making great strides

The District Council is staging a big celebration of our Walking for Health scheme, to marks its 10th anniversary.

To be held at our Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell on Thursday 11 September, the action-packed event, starting at 9.30am, will include different types of dance, yoga, tai chi, chair-based exercise, health checks, and cycling.

Cllr Carol Walker 1 Chairman of the DistrictChairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Councillor Carol Walker was one of the original volunteer walk leaders when the Walking for Health scheme was launched in Bakewell back in 2004 - and she continues to lead the town’s Thursday morning health walk.

“It’s quite remarkable how the scheme has gone from strength to strength," said Councillor Mrs Walker. "There are now 22 different health walks across the Dales, including Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock, Wirksworth, Tideswell and Litton.”

The participation rate has increased by over 65% since Howard Griffith joined the team in 2011 as part-time Walking for Health Officer. Last year more than 7,075 individual walks were completed and our Walking for health scheme is regarded as one of the best in the country.

Walking for Health Officer Howard GriffithHoward said:

“It is a privilege to work alongside the 45 volunteer walk leaders who make the whole scheme possible. The walkers themselves are key to its success – they are so welcoming and they provide the vital social interaction to give people their confidence back and the support to get going and keep going.”

We are hoping that on 11 September all the Walking for Health Groups across the Derbyshire Dales will celebrate their fantastic achievements over the past 10 years. The day starts with some great walks in the morning for all ability levels, returning to the Agricultural Business Centre for refreshments at the ‘Farmers Feast’ followed by some ‘have a go’ activities into the early afternoon.

For further information, visit our Walking for Health scheme pages or contact Howard Griffith on 01629 761 194.

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