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See The Sights And Stay Healthy - Cotswold Walks

A series of walks to help the public stay fit and explore the sights of the Cotswolds at the same time got going this month with the launch of ‘Catch A Bus and Walk’ scheme.

The scheme, officially launched by Cotswold District Council on April 9th, allows people to take one of ten walks of between three and five miles long, either catching a bus first and then walking back, or tackling the trek first and using public transport to get home again.

The routes were devised by Dinah Wise, a volunteer walk leader and are laid out in a 16-page colour booklet produced by the Council, which outlines the distance and challenges of all the walks, and also gives countryside information, practical tips and important contact details.

Most of the ten routes focus on the north of Cirencester, with walks back from Elkstone, North Cerney, Daglingworth and the Dunt Valley, but there are also walks back from Lechlade, Latton, Tetbury and Kemble.

Cotswold District Council’s Health Development Officer Jeanette Hughes took part in the pilot walk on April 9th, where 32 people caught the bus from Cirencester and got off at Daglingworth, before making the four and a half mile trip back to the town centre on foot.

She said:

“Everyone really enjoyed the day, and I think in the long run, this scheme will be a fantastic way for both residents and visitors to get out and about.

“People will be able to see the sights of the Cotswolds while staying fit and healthy at the same time and support the local bus services as well.”

The booklet outlining all ten walks is currently on sale at the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre and costs £2. All you will need to enjoy the routes is a sturdy pair of walking boots, suitable clothing and a drink, depending on the weather.

The ‘Catch A Bus and Walk’ scheme started as part of the Cotswold Walkers ‘Wednesday Walks’. Participants from these walks took part in the ‘Walking the Way to Health’ walk leader training course and then developed longer walks using local buses to go out into the countryside around Cirencester.

The scheme encourages health and fitness, while supporting rural bus services and Cotswold District Council’s cleaner and greener priority.

Anyone who wants further information on this scheme should contact Jeanette Hughes at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623450 or by email on jeanette.hughes@cotswold.gov.uk

Posted : 17/04/2008 14:32:56

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