SB Connect Winter 2016

Walking and talking

Walk It, the Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders Paths to Health initiative, has added walks to its existing 14 routes around settlements in the region.

The new walks are in Innerleithen, Hawick Town Centre, Tweedbank, Galashiels and Darnick. This follows the 2011 additions of Coldstream, Chirnside and Earlston.

Walk It walks are social, safe, low level, led and free for people looking to gain some exercise and socialise at the same time.

All walks follow easy access routes and last around one hour. They are led by qualified walk leaders who work in a voluntary capacity.

In 2011, a healthy number of people took part in Walk It events around the region.

Figures collected show that more than 1500 walker days were filled and more than 200 separate led walks took place.

Denise Carmichael, Paths to Health Co-ordinator, said: “We are always looking for new walk leaders and backmarkers to assist the project all over the region.

“I’m especially keen for volunteers from Duns, Jedburgh, Ancrum and Newcastleton to come forward.

“If you would like to find out more about the programme and the free training offered, please get in touch.”

Denise added: “Not only is walking good for your health and well-being physically but walking in a group is very sociable and has proved to relieve stress and anxiety.

“Walk leaders are always happy to see new participants on their walks.”

Walk It is also happy to support projects and workplace walking groups and had great success last year with projects for disabled walkers in conjunction with the Borders Disability Forum.

For more information, contact Denise Carmichael, telephone 01835 824000 or email denise.carmichael@ scotborders.gov.uk