Walking Month - Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018

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Step out for Walking Month

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Walk to School Week 21-25th May
 

This week sees the start of Hertfordshire's Walk to School campaign, to encourage children to walk to school from now until Clean Air Day on 21st June 2018.

Buster, Hertfordshire’s amazing Stepasauraus is walking across the Earth to encourage active travel and cleaner air. As well as getting more children to walk, scoot and cycle to school they will also have the educational opportunities to discover more about the planet and the benefits of active travel. For more information contact activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 01992 556803.


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Walk after work: Summer evening Health Walks

During the summer we have a host of summer evening walks available across the county to help you make the most of the daylight hours and increase your steps if you work or have other commitments in the day. Register online or just turn up!

East Herts: Bengeo, Ware, Panshanger Park, and Hartham Common
Watford: Cassiobury Park
St Albans: Verulamium Park and Batchwood
North Herts: Oughtonhead Common and Ickleford
Dacorum: Tuesday evening walks, multiple locations


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Sign up as a Health Walk volunteer TODAY

Could you support your local walks as a leader, back marker or walk marshal? We have Health Walk volunteer training available on Saturday June 10th in Watford. If you would like to inspire others to walk more for their health and wellbeing and join our friendly walking groups email us at healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk to book on. Please ensure you're also registered as a walker online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks


You still have time to grab a Health Walks goody bag

Sign up as a new walker and walk in May and you can claim your Hertfordshire Health Walks goody bag. Inside you'll find a water bottle, step counter, activity tracker and more!

Plus if you're already participating in Health Walks, you can claim your bag too, by walking 6 times between May 1st and June 30th.

Tell your walk leader once you've completed the walks and we'll get your goody bag to you.*

*while stocks last


Mass Health Walk success!

On Monday 14th May to celebrate Walking Month and the Hertfordshire year of Physical Activity 2018 we held our annual Mass health Walk. We offered 37 walks and these were enjoyed by 815 walkers. This beat our existing record of 620. It was great to welcome so many new walkers to the initiative as part of this event, and we hope we can motivate you to continue to walk with us. Follow Health Walks on Facebook to view our photo album from the event. Heartfelt thank yous to our fantastic volunteers to made the event and all our walks possible.


Still time to enter the HertsYOPA18 Competition - share your favourite Hertfordshire walking route

For your chance to win £100 HF Holidays vouchers and a FitBit Flex 2 share your favourite Hertfordshire Walking route on the HertsYOPA18 facebook page, so you can inspire others to try your route too.

Post a selfie, an explanation of the route or a link to the route or map and at the end of May we'll pick a winner. Good Luck!


This Girl Can in Herts returns for 2018

To take inspiration from our female English athletes at the recent Commonwealth Games, the Herts Sports Partnership are once again promoting 'This Girl Can in Herts' week from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 June 2018. There will be a seven day campaign focusing on women and girls getting active through sport and physical activity, no matter their size, age or ability. The campaign will run with a focus on leadership, inactivity, the social side of sport and confidence, and we would be delighted if you could join our campaign. Could you encourage a friend to participate in their first Health Walk, try a new route or maybe you might look to get trained up as a Health Walk volunteer? The campaign will be very active on social media, and you can get involved by using #TGCinHerts on twitter. Visit the campaign website to find activities happening near you or contact Alex on a.varran2@herts.ac.uk.


Walks & More

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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.

Bat Walk at Oughtonhead Common

Saturday May 26, 8pm – 10pm
Meet at Cole Green Station car park off Station Road, Letty Green, SG14 2NL.
Take an early morning walk with the Countryside Management Service to explore the Cole Green Way and some of the surrounding footpaths, and discover the variety of birdlife that makes its home along the route. We will also talk about the new Greenspace Action Plan for the Cole Green Way. No need to book, just turn up.

Bird Walk on Croxley Common Moor

Sunday 27th May 27, 10am-11.30am

Meet at the entrance gate to Moor at bottom of Mill Lane, Croxley Green WD3 3EW.
Join the Friends of Croxley Common Moor on a leisurely stroll around the moor looking for, and especially listening to, the resident birds which will be singing on territory at this time of year. No need to book, just turn up!

Great War Walk in Abbots Langley

Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2pm – 4pm

Meet at the Causeway Car Park, Abbots Langley, WD5 0AW. See where the soldiers from the village lived, learn about the village at the time of the First World War, hear the Soldiers’ stories and of their exploits. Walk in their foot-steps through the village. There will be a visit to the 1st Abbots Scout Troop Great War Exhibition. Supported by Abbots Langley Local History Society.


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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.

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. This is a monthly email, but if you’d prefer not to receive it you can unsubscribe below.