Walking festival to kick start new year

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Doncaster Council’s ‘Get Doncaster Walking’ festival is returning for the start of 2014 and the year round programme is supporting the Walk Boost initiative encouraging people to ‘ditch the car’ and get to work by foot, public transport or cycling.

The festival includes a variety of walks which vary in distance and difficulty to help get all residents on the move.

Coun Pat Knight, cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to be more active - and start by taking part in some of our organised walks. Not only will the festival offer obvious health benefits, each walk will introduce people to the many beautiful places around the borough.

“We recorded over 1,500 attendances during last year’s festival and we hope to get more people get involved this year and appreciate Doncaster’s great open spaces.”

Residents interested in taking part can grab a leaflet detailing walks for the first half of 2014 from their local leisure centre, library, children centre or GPs surgery, or they can download the booklet from www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking

Each walk listed in the booklet sets out the date and time, the distance, a brief description of the walk as well as any special requirements. They are classed as ‘Stroller’ and ‘Strider’ categories with a stroller walk being at a slow pace and suitable for all and a strider being slightly faster. Dogs are allowed on the majority of the walks provided that they are kept on a lead.

The first walk of 2014 is the Rossington Roam, meeting at the Holmescarr Centre on Sunday, January 5. The strider walk starts at 9.30am and will be a 10 mile circular walk taking in the village of Loversall and pass through Potteric Carr nature reserve.