Walk and talk in Bideford

A NEW walking scheme kicks off in Bideford this month. Torridge Walk and Talk will offer weekly walks starting in the Bideford area for those who would like to become more active - and have the chance of a good chat at the same time! Walking can make yo

A NEW walking scheme kicks off in Bideford this month. Torridge Walk and Talk will offer weekly walks starting in the Bideford area for those who would like to become more active - and have the chance of a good chat at the same time! Walking can make you feel good, give you more energy, help you sleep better, reduce stress, blood pressure and weight and strengthen your heart, say the organisers. Best of all, it's free and everyone can do it! The walks will be accessible to all, young and old, those in wheelchairs, and mothers with buggies. They will be on the level, with no steep hills or steps, and will probably take less than an hour. Just as important as the walking is the socialising. The walks will not be a race, but for people who would like to get more active through walking and enjoying a chat. The walks will start and end at the Burton Art Gallery Cafe in Bideford and those taking part will be able to get discounts on drinks in the cafe.Initially there will be one walk each Wednesday for four weeks. These will be on April 22 and 29 and May 6 and 13, all starting at 10.30am. If they prove popular,a longer programme will be organised.The walks are being organised by 5x30, a group set up to promote more physical activity in local communities and backed by trained volunteer walk leaders.Torridge Walk and Talk is part of a national walking intiative run by Natural England to encourage people to do regular short walks in their local communities and is being sponsored by Devon County Council.Contact Jessica Christie on 07837663628 or (01237) 429116 for more details.


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