New walks launched at Upton Country Park
Cllr Faith Heptinstall and Cllr Martyn Ward
A set of new
walks has been created at Upton Country Park – giving adults and children the
opportunity to have fun, boost their health and learn about the industrial
history of the area.
Upton colliery was turned into a nature reserve in 2008, and the 27 hectare
site has since become a haven for wildlife.
Now three new
short walks, varying from 1km to over 2km in length, have been created to encourage
even more people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
The walks have
also created a traffic-free walking route for children and their parents to get
to and from Upton Primary School.
Council has been working with members of the Upton Country Park Group and local
ward councillors to create the new walks.
Heptinstall, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said:
“Congratulations to everyone who has given their time to create these new
Park has a proud industrial history, and I’m sure the new trails will inspire
even more people to visit and to reap the benefits of the great outdoors -
which is great for both physical and mental health. So please come along and
give it a try.”
Just 30 minutes
of exercise a day can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and type two
diabetes. Being active also improves mental health, as it can help to
relieve stress, improve memory and mood and also help to tackle anxiety and
can also help with weight management - as by tackling all three of the measured
trails, people would burn 330 calories.
Council’s website has a range of walks for beginners and more advanced walks in
parks across the district.
To find out
more visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/walking