A veteran walker about to celebrate his century is among the active members of a Sheffield group marking 10 years of stepping out.
The Step Out to a Better Lifestyle walks, at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield, encourage residents to exercise and socialise in their local park to maintain their health and form new friendships.
Each week the walkers – aged from 50 to 99 – come together for an hour’s low-impact stroll, followed by a cuppa and a catch-up.
And this week the group – including its oldest member Ullrich Weigert, who turns 100 next month – raised a slice of cake and a brew to their 10th anniversary.
Tina Moore, community activity leader at Activity Sheffield, which oversees the walks, said: “We started out with around 10 walkers but now attract around 20 a week.
“It’s not just for the elderly or people with a medical condition – anyone can join in.
“It provides a great opportunity to get out of the house, enjoy Sheffield’s wonderful green spaces and make lasting friendships.
“Ullrich has been coming to the walks from the very start and is a real inspiration. He loves nature and for many years took photographs of the wildlife on the walks.
“Despite being in a nursing home he still attends every week, and walks on his own using a frame.”
The Step Out to a Better Lifestyle walks are part of a national Walking for Health scheme, originally launched by a London GP in 1999 to benefit socially isolated people and patients with medical conditions.
The Endcliffe Park walk is one of 32 health walks held throughout Sheffield.
n For more information, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/activitysheffield