The Haslington Walking for Health Group was formed in October 2007 when groups of local people were formulating a “Parish Plan” for Haslington. The idea for a local health walking group came from that work, training for volunteer guides was arranged and the regular and very popular Tuesday health walks were established.
The Tuesday Health Walks (Suitable for Beginners)
A health walk is essentially a short walk in the local area that has been designed to be suitable for people who don’t normally walk very much and want to get started. All walks are risk assessed and trained Volunteer Walk Leaders lead the group.
Anyone can attend and will be made very welcome, just turn up on the day. There is no charge.
Haslington health walks are arranged every week on Tuesdays commencing at 2pm. Meet on Waterloo Road Car Park (by Bargain Booze) a few minutes before 2pm.
The routes follow public footpaths but the ground can be uneven and wet or muddy in some places, especially in the winter months, so it is best to wear strong but comfortable shoes or preferably walking boots if you have them.
In addition to the Tuesday walks, the group also organise occasional walks which are sometimes longer than the beginners walks and perhaps more suitable for more experienced walkers. These include the following:
- Wednesday Evening Walks – These are usually arranged in the summer months, around Haslington starting at Waterloo Road Car Park (by Bargain Booze) at 7:00pm. Check the programme for details (here).
- “Monday Club” walks. These walks venture further afield and as they are a little more ambitious than the other walks, they usually end-up at a pub – so the walkers can relax after a hard slog.
Walkers will normally be allowed to take their dogs with them on either the Tuesday or Wednesday walks, but please note that the dogs must be kept under close control at all times, on leads and with special care in areas where there are farm animals. Owners take their dogs with them at their own risk and the dogs remain the responsibility of their owners at all times.
Dogs are not normally taken on the Monday walks.
If you are interested in joining any of the walks either come along to one of the Tuesday Walks, or contact either of the following guides: Chris Betts: 584024 | Alan Casey: 581198
All the above contacts are trained walk leaders in Walking for Health.