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Walking Scheme Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Barrie Williams is pictured front right with Stepping Out participants.
Barrie Williams is pictured front right with Stepping Out participants.
Published Friday, 09 May 2014

A walking scheme that is helping Ribble Valley residents take great strides in health and fitness is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Stepping Out was set up in 2004 to promote walking as an effective and low-risk form of physical activity for those who are inactive.

Started with a handful of volunteers and two treks a week, it now offers a bustling programme of weekly walks of varying lengths and difficulty facilitated by an enthusiastic team of over 30 specially-trained volunteer walk leaders.

It attracts over 130 weekly participants, 80 per cent of who have been attending Stepping Out for over two years.

Stepping Out coordinator Barrie Williams said: “Evidence is increasingly showing walking’s many benefits. You don’t have to be fit to walk and the elderly, as well as those recovering from illness, can enjoy it – and it’s free.

“Stepping Out encourages people who might not otherwise be active to enjoy the benefits of walking in a friendly, welcoming and non-competitive environment.

“It is now one of Lancashire’s most successful health programmes and we are delighted that it is going from strength to strength.”

Stepping Out includes evening and weekend walks, as well as gentle 10-minute treks for residents with restricted mobility.

Further information and a Stepping Out programme are available from Barrie Williams on 01200 414484.

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