The Surrey Heath Walking for Health Scheme is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of five locations in the UK to be a host of the Ramblers' annual Festival of Winter Walks.
The cold crisp days of winter are a magical time to go walking, with transformed scenery and spectacular early sunsets – it’s a great way to escape the demands of the festive season for a few hours too.
Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is pleased to invite people to join them for a short seasonal stroll in beautiful Lightwater Country Park during the Festival of Winter Walks, which runs from 23 December to 7 January.
The Festival of Winter Walks, supported this year by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is now in its 30th year - so the Ramblers know a thing or two about the joys of getting out and about in the colder weather.
The details of the Festival walk in Surrey Heath are as follows:
Lightwater Country Park New Year’s Resolution Walk
Date: 1 January 2018
Start time: 10am
Description: The walk will follow the 2km Heathland trail which takes in ponds, heathland and woodland as well as the beautiful Curley Hill which boasts views of Ascot Racecourse, Wembley Stadium and the Crystal Palace transmitter! Why not bring your family and friends along for a sociable and rewarding morning out in the park?
Everyone that takes part in the walk will be given a pedometer to record their number of steps, as well as a family friendly quiz to complete, a walk brochure and stocking full of duck feed for the ponds.
On returning to the cafe, every walker will automatically be entered into a prize draw. Prizes include a £50 Amazon voucher and family swim at the Arena Leisure Centre. Walkers can then share stories and wind down with a free jacket potato with filling in the Lightwater Country Park cafe.
Starting point: Lightwater Country Park Cafe
Craig Alford, SHBC Walking for Health scheme coordinator said: “Winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings in the fresh air, and the Festival of Winter Walks offers an easy way to head out for a winter wander with friends and family.
“A short walk is a great way to help kick start New Year fitness resolutions. Ours are open to anyone, no matter how fit you currently are, and our specially trained volunteers will be on hand to give you a warm welcome. Plus, you don’t need any fancy kit or specialist equipment. Who knows, what starts out as a one-off Christmas or New Year walk could lead to life-long friendships and a serious walking habit.”
SHBC Walks offer free, short group walks throughout the year as part of Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, delivered in partnership by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. Their walks are perfect for those new to walking, and those who want to meet new people while keeping active. For more information and their full programme of walks, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/walks.
All group walks during the Festival of Winter Walks are free to attend, but if you’re inspired to keep walking, why not join the Ramblers? Your membership will give you access to hundreds of group walks every year, an online library of over 2,500 Ramblers Routes, as well as many other benefits, which also makes Ramblers gift membership the perfect Christmas present.
During the festival people can also enjoy the following range of free activities:
· Visit www.ramblers.org.uk/winter for details of hundreds of free group walks taking place across the country. From short, festive-themed strolls topped off with a sociable drink, to more strenuous stretches to help boost your energy levels, there’s a walk to suit everyone.
· For inspiration on where to walk, download a Ramblers Route from our online library and head out for a solo stroll or a walk with family or friends
· Sign up for Ramblers’ free online walk tracker to log your walks. Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their first steps, there are lots of badges and rewards up for grabs for walking regularly, completing long distances and reaching particular milestones.
Thanks to the fantastic support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Festival of Winter Walks is helping everyone, everywhere to enjoy walking.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their Festival of Winter Walks, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking.”