Walking back to happiness

[Henrietta Park]

Well, l’ve just come back in from a walk into and out of town and feel much better for some very fresh air and blue-sky sun-shine. It lifts the spirits, that’s for sure.

Anyone looking for an easy way to exercise outside during the winter is invited to take part in a weekly Wellbeing Walk organised by Bathscape.

The range of walks are led by volunteer guides with the aim of encouraging people to remain active and improve their health during the colder months. There are organised walks running Monday to Friday along various routes in central Bath, Twerton and the outskirts of the city.

Throughout January and February there will also be a regular evening walk on a Monday evening for anyone wanting to take part after work. The group will meet at Laura Place at 6pm and will walk for roughly an hour, led by a trained volunteer guide.

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People and Communities, said: “This is a great idea to get people outside in the colder winter months. Walking in a group is a nice way to make new friends and get some fresh air. The weekly Wellbeing Walks include strolls through Bath’s natural landscape through parks, along the rivers or through woods as well as short walks followed by a cup of tea in central Bath, which are wheelchair/buggy accessible and welcome assistance or guide dogs.”

The full list of Wellbeing Walks:

  • 11am Monday: From the Pavilion Café, Royal Victoria Park. 90 minutes, 2 – 3 miles
  • 6pm Monday (January and February): From Laura Pace, BA2 4BL. 1 hour, 1-2 miles
  • 12.30pm Tuesday: In partnership with Time Bank Plus, meet at their office, 86 High Street Twerton. 1 hour, approx. 1 mile
  • 10.30am Wednesday: Route varies. Check website. 1 hour, approx. I mile.
  • 11am Thursday: From Monksdale Road Allotments in partnership with Bath Mind. 1 hour, approx. I mile.
  • Various times Fridays: Routes vary but are 3-4 miles and fairly flat, please get in touch if you’re interested in this walk.

You can find more information about the walks on the Bathscape webpage, by calling 01225 477 265 or emailing info@bathscape.co.uk

Bathscape is a partnership, with Bath & North East Somerset Council as the lead partner, and its work is largely funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with match funding from partners.