Hampshire Paths Partnership has been involved in a new Healthy Walking initiative through partnership with the New Forest District Council and the NHS Primary Care Trust. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage people to take regular exercise by identifying short circular walks close to residential areas which are easy to walk and follow.
Walking is a good form of exercise. Healthy walks make it easier to exercise as part of your normal day. Regular brisk walks will increase your heart rate, making you warm and slightly out of breath. Start slowly, enjoy the fresh air, and gradually build up to the recommended 30 minutes a day.
The benefits of regular brisk walking include
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Keeps your heart strong
- Reduces or maintains your weight
- Reduces blood pressure
- Tones your muscles
- Relaxation and enjoyment
If you are taking medication, recently had an operation or in any doubt about your ability, please consult your doctor.
- Tell someone when & where you are going walking & when you expect to be back
- Wear suitable clothing & footwear
- Take care crossing roads
- If you are walking in poor light, wear reflective clothing
To date the following routes are available – 3 in Fawley, 3 in Fordingbridge, 3 in Hythe & Dibden, 3 in Marchwood and 4 in Ringwood.
All of the routes have an accompanying leaflet and are waymarked with a white arrow and red heart. If you are not local to the above areas there are many other opportunities available to help you discover walks closer to home.
If you would like to walk with other people you may be interested in our guided walks programme (A Hampshire County Council Web Site page) or perhaps you may like to create your own routes using the many public rights of way available throughout Hampshire.
The leaflets are available free of charge at local newsagents, doctors surgeries, community and recreation centres, Local Information Points and libraries. They can also be downloaded from the walks pages.
The Countryside Code – advice for the public
To ensure that the countryside is protected for future generations a ‘Countryside Code’ exists.
The rules of the Countryside Code are:
- Be safe
- plan ahead and follow any signs
- Leave gates and property as you find them and take your litter home
- Protect plants and animals
- Keep dogs under close control
- Consider other people
Walking in Hampshire All the information you need to get walking in the beautiful Hampshire countryside.