Walks ‘Launch Week’ Promises Seven Days of Free Activity For All

Step in the right direction for fitness, flora and fauna.
Charnwood Borough Council and its local leisure centres have organised seven days of guided local walks, open to all and designed to improve both fitness and understanding of the countryside and nature.
The free walks, planned by local experts in association with the nationally accredited Walking4Health scheme, offer a taster of the larger range of walks that run throughout the year. With different grades for different abilities, there is truly something for everyone.

This year’s inaugural four-mile walk begins on April 16 at 10am at Loughborough Leisure Centre before heading out of town and into the surrounding countryside. The Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood, as well as Cllr David Snartt, Charnwood Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, will be present to officially launch the new walking season.

Cllr Snartt said: “Our walks programme is getting more and more popular because of the wide range of walks and expert support we provide.
“Walking is an effective way of getting fitter and healthier and the best thing is it is totally free!”

A large number of walkers always attend the annual season launch and the 2012 walk looks set to up the ante and attract a larger number than ever before. Its start in the centre of Loughborough itself is ideal for those without a car, while there is also ample parking for those who require it.

During the launch week, there is a walk planned for every day covering the whole of Charnwood – so there is something to suit all interests and abilities, including:

·        April 17 at 10.30am – a walk from Quorn to Rushey Field Farm
·        April 18 at 10.30am – a walk from Birstall to Abbey Pumping Station, arranged in partnership with its museum
·        April 19 at 10.30am – a walk in the Swithland area
·        April 20 at 10am – a three hour nature walk exploring the eastern edge of Charnwood forest
·        April 21 at 10am – a two mile walk in Shepshed
·        April 22 at 10am – a five mile walk in the Hathern area
For more information Nita Pearson on 01509 634594

For those who love to walk the three leisure centres in the Borough (Loughborough Leisure Centre, Soar Valley Leisure Centre and South Charnwood Leisure Centre) are, for the first time this year, running a brand new outdoor exercise option for both members and non-members to enjoy. The programme is called Open Air Active and each week there are a selection of led activities going on in the open air including buggy walks, Nordic walking and much more.

For more information visit  www.charnwoodleisure.com