Sedgemoor District Council now manages the Health Walks in Sedgemoor scheme and aim to have as many free, accessible and well supported Health Walks across the district for residents to join. Sedgemoor's scheme is overseen by the Housing, Health and Wellbeing team and is accredited with the county Somerset Health Walks initiative. Health Walks are led by trained Health Walk leaders who volunteer their time to plan a variety of routes for all. The scheme caters for complete beginners as well as more intermediate level walkers and last between a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of approximately 90 minutes duration, often with the option of refreshments at the end.
Why not join one of the Health Walks and you could make new friends, relieve stress and improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It is an ideal choice for people of all ages and fitness levels. Regular walking has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke, some cancers as well as helping to prevent and improve mental health.
Health Walk locations include Cheddar, Burnham on Sea, Bridgwater town and the villages of Nether Stowey and Steart and aim to cater for all. Coastal, buggy friendly, GP surgery supported, nature themed, urban, rural, week day and weekend walks are all featured in the programme. For Health Walks attached to GP surgeries, it is important to note that you do not need to be a patient of the surgery to attend. They are open to all.
For a copy of the latest programme, please see Related Documents below.
Do you enjoy walking and wish to help others to reap the benefits also? If so, why not attend one of Sedgemoor District Council's free Walk Leader training courses. The training is ideal if you would like to lead a Health Walk in your local community on a voluntary basis. It is a 5 hour course full of practical advice on leading safe and enjoyable walks for all and includes a demonstration walk and tips on how to keep people motivated. Please get in contact for further information.