More than 900 walkers took part in the second Sussex Walking Festival, organised by Wealden District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, as residents made the most of some great late September weather.
“This year’s walking festival attracted tremendous support from members of the public who obviously find these walking events a great way of exercising and meeting people,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety.
“I took part in the Mad Jack Fuller walk in Waldron which was over-subscribed. It proved to be a fascinating lesson in local history and did us all a power of good.”
“We saw a big increase in numbers from last year’s 650 participants and if we include the 700 children who took part in the Walking Festival’s Welly Walks, organised by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 1600 people took part.
“Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of long term illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers, so we are hoping people are going to stick with the habit.”
Here is what some of this year’s participants thought….
“Great event. Something for everyone. Really pleased that I found out about it.”
“Please do it again! Whatever public money is invested in this project, it is never better spent. The enthusiasm of the leaders is infectious, their knowledge is unfathomable and their judgement in planning the walks, impeccable.”
“Very enjoyable, friendly and sociable event.”
If you like organised walking, there’s plenty of information on the Wealden website about community walking, healthy walking and guided walks. Or you can make use of Walking for Health’s online walk-finder which features over 3000 short walks every week.
If you can’t find time for organised walks, why not make walking part of your everyday routine? Consider:
• Walking part of your journey to work.
• Walking to the shops.
• Using the stairs instead of the lift.
• Leaving the car behind for short journeys.
• Walking the kids to school.
• Going for an after dinner stroll with family or friends.
This year’s Sussex Walking Festival included a Mad Jack Fuller walk, tracing the local connection to the famous Sussex folly builder and patron of the sciences, Jack Fuller; a Rock and Rail along Spa Valley railway from Groombridge to Eridge, and a range of walks each telling a story including The Ruin, the Beerhouse and the Woman of Doubtful Reputation; Saltmakers, Ropemakers and Troublemakers and Three Clumps and an Airstrip.
Watch out for information about next year’s Sussex Walking Festival.
NHS Choices says walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease.
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