An innovative walking project launched earlier this year in Bakewell is taking another step forward.
Back in February, your District Council joined forces with local GPs and ramblers to pilot a led-walking initiative called Every Step Counts.
New partners including the physiotherapy team at Bakewell's Newholme Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support are now on board for a second series of gentle morning walks every Thursday for 12 weeks from 1 October.
Designed for people who have not walked much before, the latest Every Step Counts programme is led by the District Council's popular Walking for Health project and will take in Bakewell's "hidden gems".
Local GP Dr Pauline Love welcomed the second phase of the initiative. She said:
"'Bakewell Medical Centre is very pleased to endorse and support this excellent project once again. The hope is that these free sessions will make regular walkers out of local people who currently have low levels of physical activity and bring real health benefits."
The 30-minute walks, starting from the District Council's Bakewell Swimming Pool at 10.30am, are led by trained volunteers and those taking part get a free step counter, a log book and lots of support and advice.
The District Council's Walking for Health Officer Howard Griffith said:
"Every Step Counts is different to our many other walking programmes. Each walker is supported through the programme in a setting that is familiar to them and it's all about helping people to get more active, in a fun and sociable way - but at their own pace.
"Walking as part of a small group is a good way to start and keep going. You make new friends, encourage each other and discover new walks in and around Bakewell.
"Each walk will end at the 'Because I Like It Café', which supports us and welcomes walkers, providing a meeting place with subsidised refreshments and a special menu."
Anyone interested can simply turn up on 1 October or contact Howard for more information by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01629 761194.
- The District Council's health walks celebrated their 10th anniversary last year and there's a led walk somewhere in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales every week day, with more information online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/walkingforhealth.