Celebrate National Walking Month with health walk in the park




On Saturday 20th May, Manchester residents are being invited to put their best foot forward and celebrate National Walking Month with a free health walk session hosted by ParkLives and Manchester City Council.

The fun will begin from 9am at Boggart Hole Clough Park and will see ParkLives teams joined by representatives from Manchester City Council, to promote the benefits of walking in local parks and green spaces.

The health walk is led by an instructor and is designed to help improve cardio vascular fitness, while having fun and exploring the park along the way.

The session is part of the ParkLives’ ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ initiative, which will see Manchester be one of 10 cities nationwide to host a series of walks throughout the weekend.

Lorraine Platt, ParkLives session leader, said: “Walking is a great way to keep active and to meet new people, but is also great for your overall wellbeing. Even a short brisk walk in the park can help to dust off the cobwebs and help you think more clearly. I love hosting my weekly walking session at Boggart Hole Clough Park and hope lots of people will join us this Saturday.”

Now in its third year in Manchester, ParkLives runs in 10 cities nationwide and is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes. Activities are delivered by teams from Manchester City Council and are designed to help to bring communities together and improve wellbeing.

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “This activity is the perfect opportunity to explore Boggart Hole Clough, which is just one of the amazing green spaces we have in our city. We hope that ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ will inspire more people in Manchester to discover the enjoyment and health benefits of taking a walk in the great outdoors.”

Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “We offer so many activities through ParkLives, but you really can’t beat a good walk in the park! Whether you take a stroll to relax, bring the dog with you, or take on a challenge like Nordic walking, a walk in the park can be good for the mind, body and soul. We hope that our ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ initiative helps more people in Manchester – and people across the country – enjoy walking in their local parks more often.”

To join the ParkLives Health Walk, visit www.parklives.com to book a place, or simply turn up on the day. The meeting point is near the car park, off Charles Town Road.