Cllr Speight (centre) with mums on a buggy walk at Pontefract Park
and visitors are being encouraged to get more active and explore the great
outdoors during Wakefield Walking Week (21 to 25 May).
Walking Week has a variety of leisurely and fun walks to encourage people of
all ages and abilities to enjoy a stroll or join in a more vigorous walk in the
There’s a packed programme of volunteer and instructor-led walks, ranging from
short 30-minute walks to longer walks of up to two hours, all taking place
across the district. The walking opportunities include health walks, Nordic
walking, walking football and mother and baby buggy walks.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “As a keen walker myself I’m
aware that our district is home to some beautiful parks, scenic trails and
fascinating urban landscapes. With a range of different walking opportunities
to get involved in, there’s never been a better time to dust off your walking
boots or trainers.
“Walking is not only good for physical fitness but can also help to boost your
mental wellbeing. I’d encourage everyone to give it go and get involved,
explore and have fun.”
People taking part in the walks are reminded to wear appropriate clothing and
sensible footwear, either training shoes or walking boots, to be prepared for
all weather conditions and to bring some water with them.
Each walk is led by at least one trained walk leader as part of the National
Walking for Health Scheme. The walks are free and there is no need to book.
For more information on what’s on during walking week and other walking
activities in the Wakefield district please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/walking