To tie in with Living Streets National Walking Month, we’re celebrating walking in a big way across Hertfordshire this month. Walking is one of the easiest ways most of us can become a little bit more active – whether that’s aiming to increase your daily steps gradually, walking to work or school, or exploring your local countryside. Here’s a round-up of some great opportunities to get walking!

Herts Mass Health Walk

Join the Mass Health Walk on 14th May. There are over 20 organised walks or you can get a few friends and colleagues together to organise your own. Send a selfie to #HertsMassHealthWalk18

For more info visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks

Join Hertfordshire’s biggest walking group

There are over 60 Hertfordshire Health Walks taking place across the county every week. Between 30 and 90 minutes and suited for all abilities, there is a walk for everyone to enjoy. Led by trained and insured leaders, the walks are a great way to make new friends, explore your local area and beyond and give your health a boost. Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks to find your nearest walk.

Try 20

If you prefer to walk alone, #Try20! Set yourself a goal to walk for 20 minutes every day throughout May. This could be a brisk walk rather than taking the bus into town, doing all or part of your commute on foot or taking a lunchtime power-walk. Find our more about Living Streets #Try20 campaign and National Walking Month here.

Explore Rights of Way

There are over 3,200km of Rights of Way in Hertfordshire, just waiting to be explored! You can download walking maps from www.walk4life.info or www.walkinginherts.co.uk But, if you’d prefer to join a friendly group to help you get out into the countryside then the Hertfordshire Health Walks, local Ramblers groups, U3A, local footpath societies and the Friends of the Hertfordshire Way are a great place to start.

Look for wildlife

There’s so much more to walking in the countryside than breathing in the fresh air and burning a few calories. Why not broaden your knowledge of local wildlife, including birds, bats and bugs! It’s International Dawn Chorus Day on the May 7th so if you are an early bird there are lots of events you can join and learn to recognise some of the distinctive bird songs. To find a multitude of fun activities visit Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Walks & More.

Learn local history

If you’re new to the area or interested in learning more about your local area in days gone by, then there’s plenty to whet your appetite. You can take yourself on a self-guided tour using green spaces maps available from the Countryside Management Service website or sign up for a history tour at your local museum.

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