New year launch for walking festival

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THE Get Doncaster Walking festival is returning for 2012 and organisers say this year it is bigger than ever.

The festival will run for the whole of 2012 includes a variety of walks which vary in distance and difficulty to ensure a varied programme to get all residents on the move.

Organisers at Doncaster Council say walks will range from exploring Potteric Carr to a town centre heritage walk, and believe there is something for everyone.

They believe walking is a fantastic way to improve a person’s physical activity and can be a fun, sociable way to see the sites of Doncaster.

Experts say by taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, you will help to reduce your risk of developing chronic health problems like coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other major diseases.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, the council’s cabinet member for communities, 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.”

Residents interested in taking part can grab a leaflet detailing walks for the first half of 2012 from their local leisure centre, library, children centre or GPs surgery.

Alternatively, they can log onto www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking to download the booklet.

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 and this year dogs are allowed on the majority of the walks and are identified from the symbol on the leaflet.

The first walk is the Bentley Walk at 10.30am on Sunday, January 8. It takes a 5.5 mile route starting at Bentley Pavilion.