Wealden is a great place to go walking – whether it’s for a short stroll or a lengthy hike. There are many beautiful areas including picturesque villages and market towns, parks and gardens, Ashdown Forest, High Weald (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), South Downs National Park, Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckoo Trail and so much more.
Walking is great exercise. It can make you feel good and more energised. You don’t need any special equipment, it’s free to do and suitable for all ages and abilities.
Join in the fun!
National Walking month takes place throughout May every year to promote the benefits of walking and to how you can explore your local parks. It is organised by the British Heart Foundation.
There are many ways you can take part and to increase your step count, including:
- Leave your car at home and walk to school or work
- Make the most of your lunchtime to take a stroll around your local park
- Opt for the stairs instead of the lift
Walk in your own time
Did you know that a brisk 10-minute daily walk counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise and helps improve your health? Walking can help prevent illnesses, gives you more energy and can also give you the opportunity to meet new people and to socialise.
If you’re new to walking you may wish to start by walking a comfortable distance and increase your distance gradually. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes
For more information on how to stay motivated to walk to improve your health and wellbeing go to the NHS website.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) has created a number of 1 – 3 mile self-led walks in Wealden for all to access. These walks promote East Sussex green spaces and are suitable for people who have started up walking and perfect for families too. To find out more about these walks go to TCV’s Facebook page.
Exercise is made easy with the free Active 10 app, produced by the NHS. It is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time.
By tracking your walking it shows you when to increase your pace to achieve the best health benefits, sets goals and even gives rewards.
The app is designed to support you every step of the way and will help you do more regular bursts of brisk walking during your daily routine.