the Get Doncaster Walking festival is returning for the start of 2013 after the success of this year’s programme – and for the first time it includes bike rides.
There will be a variety of walks which vary in distance and difficulty, from exploring Potteric Carr nature reserve to a town centre heritage walk.
Organisers say by taking a brisk walk or bike ride for 30 minutes a day, Doncaster residents can reduce the risk of developing chronic health problems like coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other major diseases.
A number of walks in the programme have been organised to raise funds and awareness for good causes including Macmillan Cancer Support services and health and social care charity Sue Ryder.
Coun Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council cabinet member for communities, said: “We recorded more than 2,000 attendances during this year’s festival and we hope to get even more people involved next year and appreciate Doncaster’s great open spaces.”
Leaflets detailing walks for the first half of 2013 are now available at leisure centres, libraries, children centres or GPs surgeries.
The first walk is in aid of Sue Ryder and is at Sandall Beat Wood on Sunday, January 6.
The slow-paced ‘stroller’ walk start from the Environment Centre in the wood at 10.30am and will be about four-and-a-half miles long.
Walks will be divided into ‘stroller’ and ‘strider’ categories, with the former at a slower pace and suitable for all and the strider will be more challenging.
Dogs are allowed on the majority of the walks.
For more information, download the booklet at www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking.
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