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Keeping active - #Livewell - Case Study – FitSteps Walks

Published on Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Keeping active is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing and fundamental in tackling childhood and adult obesity.

The Council is committed to supporting an active population with healthy lifestyles and keen to promote initiatives that encourage physical activity. For details of sport and wellbeing clubs and groups for Maldon District residents you can visit the local events page on VisitMaldonDistrict.co.uk

Case Study – FitSteps Walks

FitSteps is a nationally accredited health walking group provided by Maldon District Council. It works in partnership with the ‘Heart and Sole’ walking groups in Chelmsford and Braintree and organises short town and country health walks, longer country walks, historical and nature walks, orienteering trails, and other walking events.

FitSteps walks are led by trained volunteers and take place throughout the year.

Ivan Tosic, Fitsteps Co-ordinator, said “You can join one of the many free FitSteps Walks going on around the Maldon District. The FitSteps Walks are led by trained volunteers, and are suitable for all abilities, from beginners to seasoned walkers. The walks range between one and four miles and take place along safe, town and country routes.”

Sandra Down, volunteer walk leader said “The FitSteps Walking for Health Scheme involves varied walks at 13 locations across the District and is an easy and relaxing way to maintain fitness and make new friends and is free to take part.

The recently introduced Bicknacre Walk has proved to be a popular addition to the FitSteps health walks programme. Starting from White Elm Garden Centre car park, the walk takes in the quiet Peartree Lane and the picturesque Moor Hall Lane. Much of the walk takes place around the extensive meadows of Priory Fields, passing the impressive arch of the 12th century Bicknacre Priory and St Giles churchyard and nature reserve (photo attached). This easy and interesting walk is topped off with a visit to the popular White Elm Tea Rooms and Garden Centre.”

FitSteppers should wear suitable footwear and bring waterproof clothing, water, sun bloc cream, own medication and emergency contact number are recommended to take on walks. If unsure, please contact the walks co-ordinator or one of the walk leaders.

To join us please contact FitSteps Healthwalks at Maldon District Council telephone 01621 854477, mobile 07960 168859 or email fitsteps@maldon.gov.uk Website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk