Walking in Hertfordshire - May

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May is National Walking Month

Over the next few weeks there are lots of reasons to walk more!

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Get walking this month to MOVE MORE and join the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity campaign
To tie in with National Walking Month, led by Living Streets, we’re celebrating walking in a big way this month across Hertfordshire. Walking is one of the easiest ways most of us can become a little bit more active – whether that’s aiming to increase your daily steps gradually, walking to work or to school, or exploring your local countryside. Keep up to date with Walking Month activity via #HertsYOPA18 Facebook and Twitter. Scroll down for some key dates for your diary!


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Love walking? Share your passion with others!
Sign up for a training date below to join our team of walking enthusiasts volunteering to inspire people across Hertfordshire to become more active and enjoy the great outdoors:
Health Walks Ambassador Training
Tuesday May 1, 2018; 9.30am - 1pm, Welwyn

Health Walk Leader Training
-Tuesday May 15, 2018, Bishop's Stortford 9.45am - 3pm
-Wednesday May 30, 2018, Stevenage 9.45am - 3pm
-Sunday June 10, 2018, Watford
9.45am - 3pm

Call 01992 588433 or email healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk with your preferred course date.


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Join the Mass Health Walk - Monday May 14th
Every year to celebrate National Walking Month the Hertfordshire Health Walks team organises a Mass Health Walk, to get as many people out walking across Hertfordshire in the same day. This year the event will take place on Monday May 14th and over 25 walks are available to join. Follow Health Walks on Facebook to find the full listing of walks, find a walk to suit you, then tell all your friends! Help us to become the biggest walking group in Hertfordshire!

 


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Stevenage Walking Festival May 5th- 13th
Join the 6th annual Stevenage Walking Festival, put together by members of Stevenage Leisure 50, North Herts Ramblers, and Stevenage Health Walks group, and with the support of Stevenage Borough Council. All walks are FREE, but a donation to chosen charity Home Start, supporting local families with young children, is welcomed at the end of the walks


Walks & More
The variety of activities on our Walks & More calendar during Walking Month means there's something for everyone to enjoy. These FREE outdoor events are a great opportunity to enjoy exploring Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside, learn local history, or have a fun family day out. Below are some of our top picks.


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Join a local library walk
Walk and talk about the book of choice for these interesting and stimulating walking/reading events organised by our Library Service volunteers. Find out more information inside the library or via the links below:
Letchworth Library - Tuesday 1st May 2pm

Marshalswick Library - Friday 18th May 9.45am-12pm


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Oxhey Woods Local Nature Reserve
Tuesday May 1, 2018 - 11am-12.30pm

Join CMS and the Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers for a 2 ½ mile circular walk through this diverse site, much of which is ancient woodland. We will take in the bluebells and other spring wildflowers, and learn more about past, future and current management of the site. Meet at Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail car park, located off Woodside Walk (Oxhey Drive South)/Prestwick Road. Nearest postcode: HA6 3EX. Just turn up - no booking required.

 


 

Celebrating 20 Years of Walking Buses - could you volunteer?

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Help Hertfordshire's children get more active! The Walking Bus is a scheme encouraging volunteers to walk children to school along a set route. The children walk in pairs and everyone wears high visibility clothing. With a “driver” at the front and a “conductor” at the back, the children are collected at “bus stops” at agreed times along the route. This would be a great opportunity to support our young people to become more active every day. If you would like to find out more about volunteering for the walking bus please contact activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

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We love to hear your comments and see your pictures of the walking events you take part in. Please email healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk. This is a monthly email, but if you’d prefer not to receive it you can unsubscribe below.

Walking in Hertfordshire - February

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Welcome to the FEBRUARY Walking in Hertfordshire
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Many more reasons and opportunities to MOVE MORE & FEEL GREAT in 2018

Sign up for the Workplace Challenge

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Motivate your colleagues by joining today for FREE! Just 10 minutes of activity a day can help you feel better, improve mood and concentration and help improve sleep. Organisations across Hertfordshire will be taking part in the challenge, which lasts for 8 weeks, and encourages staff to build activity into and around their working days. This is for ALL abilities and everyone is encouraged to do a little bit more activity than usual.
To sign up, visit www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/signup. Once registered, you will need to log your activity each week and everyone can gain activity points, with prizes to be won throughout the challenge. The challenge runs until March 4, 2018. Get set, GO!

Discover the Hertfordshire Way - a new guide

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Passing through peaceful fields, quiet footpaths and lovely villages, The Hertfordshire Way is a long-distance waymarked path that guides you all the way around the county. It’s now easier than ever to enjoy, thanks to a new full-colour edition of the official guidebook which divides the route into 16 manageable legs of between 9 and 15 miles. Each starts and ends as close to public transport as possible and is clearly described with a detailed map, delightful watercolour pictures and photos of highlights along the way. The whole route itself is clearly marked with distinctive green and white roundels and signposts.
Cost: £10 (+ £1.50 postage) and is available from the Friends of the Hertfordshire Way. Contact hertfordshireway@gmail.com or visit www.fhw.org.uk.

Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity - February is Volunteering Month

Get active while giving something back to your community. The Countryside Management Service has plenty of opportunities across the county to help you get started, with several FREE training dates in the pipeline (see below).

Midweek Practical Conservation Volunteers Tasks run every week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; email for more details.

Rights of Way Surveyor Next training date: Saturday February 10, 2018 in Hitchin.

Guided Walk Leader Next training date: Thursday March 8, 2018 in Hertford.

Hertfordshire Health Walk leaders Next training date: Wednesday February 21, 2018 in Watford.

Hertfordshire Health Walk Ambassador Next training date: Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Welwyn.

For more information call 01992 588433 or email northeast.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk or healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

 

Walks & More

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The CMS promotes a calendar of FREE outdoor events called Walks & More. These events are the great opportunity to enjoy exploring Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside, learn local history, or have a fun family day out. Below are some of February's top picks

Maisie's Walks - North Herts

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Monday February 5, 2018 - 10.30am-12.30pm
An easy stroll around beautiful North Herts countryside, identifying wildlife, fauna and flora. Pocket sized books for each subject--birds, animals, insects butterflies, trees wildflowers fungi - are provided. Meet at the former Windmill pub in the middle of the tiny hamlet of Charlton, SG5 2AE. No need to book, just turn up.

NEW Watton at Stone Health Walk

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Every Tuesday 10am-11.30am
Join Hertfordshire Health Walk leaders for a circular brisk walk. Meet at the Nigel Poulton Community Hall, SG14 3SF. No need to book, but please register as a Health Walker online beforehand.

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SEPTEMBER Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletin

Explore all that Hertfordshire's green spaces have to offer this month

September to December 2017 Health Walks programmes now available

Check out the September to December 2017 Health Walks programme, now available online. Paper leaflets are also widely available from your local library and GP surgery.

To get involved all you have to do is turn up! You can also register online before your first walk.

For a little extra motivation, visit the Hertfordshire Health Walks Facebook page to read our walker and volunteer testimonials.


Become a Health Walks Ambassador for your local area!

CMS is looking for passionate and self-motivated individuals to join our team as Health Walks Ambassadors.
Perhaps you are a keen walker already or have participated in Health Walks for some time but leading walks isn’t for you.
We need people who can be the face of Hertfordshire Health Walks in their community, helping with a variety of awareness-raising activities and promotion.
Interested? For a full role description please get in touch by emailing healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 01992 588433 to discuss.


Explore local green spaces with the new ParksHerts app!

Whether you want to lose yourself in tranquil surroundings, take on the challenge of exciting outdoor activities or just soak up the scenery and do a bit of wildlife-spotting, Hertfordshire’s green spaces have it all. ParksHerts is a mobile first web application that allows you to discover over 100 of the best parks and open spaces across Hertfordshire complete with interactive maps, walking, running and activity routes and thousands of points of interest.


FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire

Walks and More is a programme of FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire. Why not broaden your knowledge of local history, discover wildlife, explore new areas or even get stuck in with some practical habitat management. Visit the Walks & More website for all events this September


MOVE MORE Herts

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If you or someone you know is dealing with a cancer diagnosis or is receiving cancer treatment, then Move More Herts can offer support to keep you active and resilient on your journey through treatment and beyond. You can receive 12-weeks fully funded and bespoke exercise sessions (for you and a plus one!) and up to a year of contact with a Cancer Rehab qualified instructor. To enquire email movemore.herts@nhs.net or visit the Move More Herts website. The programme is accessible for any adult (18–80+) in Hertfordshire with a current or past history of cancer and regardless of current activity levels or comorbidities.


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This e-Bulletin is produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council. If you know someone who might like to receive this e-Bulletin, please ask them to sign up via Update Me on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

We love to hear your comments and see your pictures of the walking events you take part in. Please email healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk.