Wakefield Walking Week

14/05/2018, PR8798

Wakefield Walking Week
Cllr Speight (centre) with mums on a buggy walk at Pontefract Park

Residents 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 district.

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
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr 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

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