New walks launched at Upton Country Park

13/03/2020, PR-9331

Cllr Faith Heptinstall and Cllr Martyn Ward
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.

The former 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.

Wakefield Council has been working with members of the Upton Country Park Group and local ward councillors to create the new walks.

Cllr Faith Heptinstall
Cllr Faith Heptinstall

​Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has given their time to create these new walks.

“Upton Country 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 depression. 

Regular walking can also help with weight management - as by tackling all three of the measured trails, people would burn 330 calories.

Wakefield Council’s website has a range of walks for beginners and more advanced walks in parks across the district.

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