Put on your walking shoes it’s National Walking Month!Published Wednesday, 10th May 2017
Rotherham folk are being urged to put on their walking shoes and enjoy their local surroundings during National Walking Month.
With three country parks, Rother Valley, Thrybergh and Ulley, a number of large urban parks such as Clifton Park and Rosehill, and acres of public woodlands and local nature reserves, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a walk right on the doorstep!
Office workers can even get their fix of exercise in and around the town centre, following the Trans Pennine Trail along the canal, or taking in the new heritage trail between the Minster Gardens and Clifton Park Museum.
Polly Hamilton, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Walking is a fantastic form of exercise, you can go at your own pace and best of all – it’s completely free!
“Whether it’s a short lunchtime stroll around the town centre or a weekend expedition to one of our woodlands or country parks, there’s something to suit everyone.”
Many of our public and country parks also have cafes including The Granary cafe at Clifton Park Museum, Tutti Frutti at Thrybergh and The Old Mill and Stables cafe at Rother Valley so why not pop in for a snack or during your walk.
Terri Roche, Rotherham Council’s Director of Public Health added: “Getting fit does not have to be about strenuous exercise – walking is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing.
“Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers, so for such an accessible form of exercise, the health benefits should not be underestimated.”
Rotherham has around 1,000 public pathways, bridleways and byways for residents and visitors to enjoy, as well as a number of "Doorstep Walks" which range from 1.5 to 6 miles in length.