Spend a day with stroll and a sketch

Walking tall: The Sheffield Shamblers set off on a recent arts stroll at Endcliffe Park.

Walking tall: The Sheffield Shamblers set off on a recent arts stroll at Endcliffe Park.

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WALKING and drawing - at the same time - sounds a tricky task.

But for Sheffield Shamblers, a city-based walking group, there’s no better way to spend the day than a stroll and a spot of sketching.

Organiser Neil Adlington, aged 31, who lives in Eyam, said: “We put on an Art Walk through Endcliffe Park which was really good - a great turnout too.

“Art and walking do complement each other. And some of the drawings people did were amazing. We have quite a few artists and photographers in the group, so the art walks are something we like to do.”

Sheffield Shamblers has an online membership of about 170 and a hardcore of around 30 walkers who attend most of its activities. Up to four walks are held each fortnight on Thursday evenings, Friday daytimes and Saturdays and Sundays.

“The Friday walk is really popular for people with children at school as it’s only a couple of hours and it always stops at the pub at the end for a chip butty,” said Neil.

Chips aside, being a Sheffield Shambler does have its health benefits.

“A lot of our walkers report feeling more confident after coming on the walks,” said Neil. “It helps bring people out of themselves and builds confidence. The group is really friendly and welcoming. And it helps keep you fit.”

The next Sheffield Shamblers walk is tomorrow at 10.30am in the Staffordshire Moorlands - log on to www.shamblers.org.uk for a precise location. For details of city-based walks call 07977 690 100.

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