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Leeds invites everyone to walk the walk

Plans for the first Leeds Festival of Walking will see hundreds of walkers join Janet Street-Porter, TV celebrity and lifetime walking enthusiast at Roundhay Park on Sunday 31st May.After the formal opening at 11am, walkers will step out on a short celebratory walk through the park and the nearby Secret Gorge.

“Anyone and everyone who enjoys walking is invited to take part and families are particularly welcome. We’ve been delighted to team up with the Ramblers Association to get this event off the ground.

“Walking is a great way to be healthy and we have a great range of walks around Leeds for all abilities and interests, with long rural rambles and more urban trails full of amazing sights and historical interest.”
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board

A week of walking follows the opening of the festival with over fifty walks ranging from two miles in length at a leisurely pace, to walks of more than ten miles. For those who are at work during the day there are several evening walks. All the walks are within the boundaries of Leeds.

“The Celebratory Walk is a short two mile walk which has all the great things about walking we want to celebrate and encourage others to enjoy. There’s healthy exercise, good company and time to chat as you go along.

“Walking can be enjoyed by people of a really wide range of ages and capabilities, and it's often traffic free. Getting out in the fresh air for a walk can be the best thing you can give yourself.”

“There are several short ‘walking for health’ walks, Leeds Get Active walks and City Connect walks which will help people wanting to have a healthy lifestyle. And for more seasoned walkers, a special feature is a walk of the whole Leeds Country Way – and attractive 62 mile circular route will be walked in six daily stages, the first stage starting from Pudsey.”
Martin Bennett, Chair of the Leeds Group of the Ramblers' Association

Everyone is welcome to take part in the Festival. All the walks have a walks leader and they are all free of charge. They are all easily accessible by public transport services from Leeds city centre.The Festival is organised by the Ramblers' Association with the support of Leeds City Council. The festival website can be visited at www.walkleeds.com


Mike Church, Chair, Ramblers' Association West Riding Area Tel 01924 462811 church_mj@yahoo.com

Martin Bennett, Chair, Ramblers' Association, Leeds Group Tel 0113 3182960 martinbennett10@gmail.com

Keith Wadd, Vice-Chair, Ramblers'Assocaition, West Riding Area Tel 01423 872268 tansley22@btinternet.com