A choice of 30 healthy walks designed to encourage people to stretch their legs and get off the beaten track on are offer in the Wolverhampton Walking Festival 2015.
Supported by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton Healthy Lifestyle Service, and Wolverhampton City Council, the walks - taking place from 2-10 May – are aimed at people of all ages and abilities and range from short and easy through to longer distances and more challenging terrain.
Highlights include guided walks around local beauty spots including West Park, East Park, Pendeford Mill, Northycote Farm, Bantock Park and the Smestow Valley, a special early morning walk to mark International Dawn Chorus Day, Nordic Walking taster sessions, figure of eight walks from Wolverhampton city centre and new four and 12-mile routes for the annual Walking for Health Challenge Trail.
Wolverhampton Mountaineering Club will be in the Clent Hills, Wolverhampton Ramblers will be heading to Kinver and Enville and there will also be health walks, slideshows, a sponsored walk in aid of Guide Dogs and a ‘toddle waddle' for the little ones.
Hayley Scott, Healthy Lifestyle Locality Manager, said: "The festival walks are a great opportunity to meet some friendly, like-minded people and see some of the local beauty spots and hidden green parts of Wolverhampton and surrounding areas. Everyone is welcome, and best of all, they are all free.
"Walking is a great way to improve your health and there's no need to spend money on expensive gym memberships. It's a free and easy activity that every member of the family can enjoy. You don't need any special equipment and the simple act of getting out in the fresh air can have a significant impact on people's wellbeing and general happiness."
The programme of walks includes:
Saturday 2 May: Northycote Farm Health Walk, up to 90 minutes, 10.30am;
Bantock Park Tree Trail, two hours, easy, 1pm;
The Green Ways and Pathways of Penn, five miles, difficult, 2pm.
Sunday 3 May: Dawn Chorus walk and talk, Northycote Farm, two hours, easy, 4.30am;
Perton Health Walk, up to 90 minutes, difficult, 2pm.
Monday 4 May: Highgate-Enville Circular, seven or eight miles, difficult, 10am;
West Park History Walk, two hours, easy, 1pm.
Tuesday 5 May: A Walk from Wildside Activity Centre, six miles, difficult, 10am;
Bantock Park Health Walk, one mile, easy, 10.30am;
Toddle Waddle Health Walk around West Park, one mile, easy, 11.30am;
Smestow Valley Ramble on the Reserve, three hours, moderate, 12.30pm;
Bilston Health Walk, two miles, easy, 2.30pm;
Wolverhampton Mountaineering Club slideshow, Wolf Mountain, 8.15pm.
Wednesday 6 May: West Park Nordic Walking taster session, one hour, moderate, 11am and 12.30pm;
Pendeford Mill Wildlife Walk and Talk, two hours, moderate, 10am;
Heritage Health Walk, 90 minutes, easy, 2pm;
Seven Cornfields Health Walk, 90 minutes, difficult,
6pm, Codsall Evening Walk, five miles, difficult, 7pm.
Thursday 7 May: Birds of the Smestow Valley, two hours, moderate, 10am;
Wolverhampton Figure of Eight Walk, three miles and seven miles, difficult, 10am (three miles) and 12.30pm (seven miles);
Northycote Farm Health Walk, up to three miles, moderate, 10.30am;
Clent Hills, three miles, difficult, 10.30am.
Friday 8 May: Pendeford Health Walk, two miles, easy, 10.30am;
Fowlers Park Health Walk, 90 minutes, moderate, 2pm.
Saturday 9 May: Walking for Health Challenge Trail, four miles and 12 miles, moderate and difficult, 9.30am;
East Park History Walk, two hours, easy, 1pm.
Sunday 10 May: Pendeford Mill Wildlife Open Day, moderate, 10am-4pm,
West Park Health Walk, up to two miles, easy, 10.30am,
Dogs Unite, Guide Dogs sponsored walk around West Park, two miles, easy, 11am;
Kinver and Beyond, six miles, difficult, 2pm.
For more information on the 2015 Wolverhampton Walking Festival, please call the Wolverhampton Healthy Lifestyle Service on 01902 444246 or freephone 0800 073 4242, or log on to http://bit.ly/1OiviID
The Wolverhampton Walking Festival 2015 is organised by Wolverhampton Healthy Lifestyle Service, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Wolverhampton City Council with the assistance of Wolverhampton Ramblers Association, Nordic Walking UK, Wolverhampton Mountaineering Club, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Wolves Community Trust, Wildside Activity Centre and Wolf Mountain.