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Explore the city on free led walks

Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PEOPLE are being invited to explore the city over the springtime by joining in with a series of free led walks.

Brief and brisk 30-minute lunchtime walks will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 25 April until 31 May, taking in a mix of the city’s streets, scenery and green spaces, with a different route each week.

The walks will start at 12.45pm each time. On Tuesdays, they will start from the bottom of New Walk, at King Street, and on Wednesdays, they’ll start from the ‘Beacons’ light display, in St Peter’s Square, outside the Showcase cinema.

After-work walks are also on offer. These will take place every Thursday, from 27 April until 1 June, starting at 5.45pm from Victoria Park. They will explore the open parkland and neighbouring areas, and will start from the gates at the junction of Granville Road and London Road. 

Enjoy a river walk through Abbey Park on Saturday 13 May, with a walk starting at the Pavilion café at 3.15pm. This two-mile route, organised to celebrate National Walking Month, will take in the ruins of Leicester Abbey and Cavendish House, as well as the peace garden, boating lake and waterways.

Ruth Tennant, director of public health at Leicester City Council, said: “There’s been a lot of publicity recently about adults and physical activity, with a third of adults not taking 30 minutes of exercise a week.

“Walking briskly is an excellent way to raise your heart rate and build in a bit of exercise. It’s a simple lifestyle change which can have big health benefits.

“Being outside in the fresh air is not just good for your physical health, it can be beneficial to your mental health too. If you work in an office or a job where you’re sitting down a lot of the time, these walks could be just the thing to help you build a bit of activity into your day.”

Andrew Smith, director of planning, transport and economic development, added: “We want to help make Leicester a low-carbon city by encouraging people to consider more sustainable forms of transport, and we’ve pledged to continue to improve our network of footpaths and cycle routes.

“These walks mean people can benefit from the some of the street scene improvements we’ve already made as part of the Connecting Leicester programme. On foot is one of the best ways of discovering all that our city has to offer.”

To find out more, visit www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/events

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