A group of walkers are celebrating a decade of meeting up weekly to walk for health in Knowsley.
The Court Hey Healthy Heart Walking Group first stepped out in September 2005 – and ten years later firm friendships have been made and the group’s numbers have grown.
To mark the anniversary they held a celebration event in the Cornflower Café at the National Wildflower Centre (within Court Hey Park), enjoyed entertainment with singing from pupils from Huyton with Roby Primary school and, of course, went out on a walk.
Knowsley Council Green Space Ranger, Karen Brady, explained: “The idea ten years ago was that the walks would be an opportunity for a group of people to get together, do some gentle exercise and help improve their activity levels and fitness.
“Over the years the numbers have grown and it has become a really good social occasion too, with many new friendships being formed. It’s now not only a chance to get out in the fresh air and improve your health but also something that encourages people out of their houses to socialise and gain a new network of friends.”
Court Hey Healthy Heart Walking Group meet every Monday at Court Hey Park in Huyton at 11am, and always give a warm welcome to new members. If you are interested in a way to get out and about in the fresh air and taking part in some gentle exercise to get you back to fitness or help recover from illness, then joining a walking group could be for you.
As well as the Court Hey group, walking groups also meet in other areas of the borough. These are:
- Stadt Moers Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30pm, meeting in the Environment Centre on Pottery Lane, Whiston
- Halewood Park on Tuesdays at 1pm meeting in the Environment Centre on Okell Drive, Halewood.
- Mill Dam Park Kirkby – for further details please call the Kirkby Ranger on 07766205989.
- Nordic Walking at Court Hey Park, Huyton, on Thursdays at 10am, meeting in the Cornflower Café.
- Nordic Walking at Halewood Park on Tuesdays at 11am.
Cllr Eddie Connor said: “The Court Hey Healthy Heart Walking Group is a real success story, having met now for 10 years. All the members, no matter how long they’ve been taking part, have a story to tell about how much they enjoy it, the friends they’ve made and how much better they feel in themselves.
“I’m sure they will still be enjoying these walks in 10 years from now!”