Derbyshire Dales District Council has joined forces with local GPs and ramblers to pilot a led-walking initiative in Bakewell.
The District Council's popular Walking for Health project is leading a new 12-week 'Every Step Counts' programme taking in the town's "hidden gems" – designed for people who have not walked much before.
Local GP Dr Pauline Love welcomed the new partnership.
"'Bakewell Medical Centre is very pleased to endorse and support this excellent project," she said. "Walking is a great way to improve general health and the hope is that these free sessions will make regular walkers out of local people who currently have low levels of physical activity."
The 30-minute Friday morning walks - starting from 27 February – will be led by trained volunteers and those taking part will get a free step counter, a log book and lots of support and advice.
Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Councillor Carol Walker, who led the District Council's first health way back in 2004 said:
"Every Step Counts is a national pilot scheme and I am absolutely delighted we have local GPs on board in supporting and promoting something that is different to other walking programmes. Each walker will be supported through the 12-week programme in a setting that is familiar to them and it's all about helping people to get more active, but at their own pace, in a fun and sociable way."
Anyone interested can simply turn up on the 27th, meeting at 10.15am for a 10.30am start, or contact the District Council's Walking for Health Officer Howard Griffith for more information by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01629 761194.
The District Council's health walks celebrated their 10th anniversary last year and there's a led walk somewhere in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales every week day, with more information online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/walkingforhealth.
- The walks have seen at 22% increase in participation in just the last six months and the District Council is looking to expand its local walk leader teams. A training day will be held soon and anyone living in Bakewell, Tideswell, Ashbourne, Youlgrave, Hope Valley, Matlock and Wirksworth is encouraged to contact Howard Griffith.