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First steps to success for new walk project

There was a great turnout – and an age range of over 70 years – as your District Council joined forces with local GPs and ramblers to pilot a led-walking initiative in Bakewell last Friday (27 February).

The Every Step Counts group prepare to set off from Bakewell Swimming PoolTots in pushchairs, people recovering from injuries and pensioners stepped out together in a group of well over 20 at the start of a new 12-week 'Every Step Counts' programme taking in the town's "hidden gems".

Designed for people who have not walked much before, 'Every Step Counts' is led by the District Council's popular Walking for Health project and endorsed by local GPs.

The first of the 30-minute Friday morning walks saw those taking part receive a free step counter, a log book and lots of support and advice.

The District Council's Walking for Health Officer Howard Griffith said:

"We are thrilled the Derbyshire Dales has been chosen for this national pilot scheme – and having local GPs on board is a real bonus.

"It's all about helping people to get more active at their own pace in a fun and sociable way- and there's still time to join this Friday."

Anyone interested can simply turn up at Bakewell Swimming Pool at 10.15am for a 10.30am start on Friday, or contact Howard Griffith for more information by email howard.griffith@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or phone 01629 761194.

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