Sheffield health walks stride on after 10 years

Totley Health Walk is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Totley Health Walk is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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A walking group which sees members striding out from a Sheffield library has reached its 10th anniversary.

The Totley Health Walk has taken place every week for a decade, following leisurely routes around local woods.

Over the years the group has grown from just eight walkers to around 30, many of them retired - and members hope to keep on walking for many years to come.

Organiser Sue Lee said: “I think it’s brilliant we’ve been running for 10 years.

“The walk was set up to provide a service for people with health issues and people who are socially isolated, to give them an opportunity to meet other people, and allow them to walk to a pace they’re comfortable with.”

Sue said the age of the walkers currently ranges from mid-40s up to 90.

“It’s not a ramble, it’s not about wearing big boots and walking fast - ultimately it’s about keeping fit and keeping going,” she added.

There are two different walks offered each week.

“One is a slow, gentle walk, and the other is a one-hour walk at a fairly brisk pace, for people who are a bit more able and active,” said Sue.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, regular participants enjoyed birthday cake before setting off from the library on their latest trek.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the library service,” Sue said. “The library provides tea, coffee and water for us, and it’s in a brilliant position, we’re lucky to have lots of routes.

“We can go north-west and head down into Gillfield Wood, or head towards Totley Bents and Old Hay Brook.

“We’re very spoiled in terms of where we can access.”

n The walks are every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12noon. Call 07758 874 486.

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