Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2022
A MONTH-long series of activities taking place in Leicester encourages more people to put on their shoes and discover their region.
The Walk Leicester Festival takes place throughout May, as part of UK-wide events marking National Walk Month, and includes an extensive program covering guided walks and the chance to explore the city, as well as introductory sessions on a range of hikes. based on sports activities.
The festival runs from May 3-31 and kicks off with a celebration of walking sports in Victoria Park on May 3.
Introductory sessions will be led by coaches from Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers, Leicester County Cricket Club, Leicester Riders and ic2tennis, followed by a full program of walking sports throughout the month of may.
For those wishing to stretch their legs at a more leisurely pace, De Montfort University offers a program of walks, with options to explore both its medieval heritage with buildings such as St Mary De Castro, The Magazine and the turret gate, or more recent history of its modern campus.
The Canal and Rivers Trust will run walks that both take in the heritage found along the River Soar and explore more modern street art installations, as well as the spirits of the canal aimed at younger visitors.
Members of the Saving the Saffron Brook project – a program to improve the diversity and sustainability of the waterway – will take walkers on a guided journey through areas under conservation to showcase the natural beauty of the brook.
Throughout May, Live Well Leicester will be encouraging people to get involved in a series of short walks departing from a number of sports centres, community centers and other landmarks around the city, while advising people about the benefits of gentle regular exercise.
There will also be a series of self-guided walks for those unable to attend the scheduled program.
Full details, dates and booking information for all Walk Leicester events can be found on Choose How You Move, here.
Additionally, the Betterpoints app, which rewards points for activities on foot or by bike, will double its points throughout May and offer 100 bonus points to people taking walks throughout the festival.
The City of Leicester’s Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: ‘Walking is a great way to discover your local area by exploring parts of the city that might be off the beaten track.
“It’s also a valuable and free form of daily exercise that everyone can do at their own pace. There’s nothing better than getting out in the great outdoors, whether that’s trying out a new sport or learning more about the heritage and the history of the city.
“In addition to the health benefits, encouraging people to walk more helps improve air quality and the environment more broadly. Active travel, such as walking, is a key factor in reducing carbon emissions. carbon, as outlined in our climate emergency strategy.
“This year the Walk Leicester Festival is once again offering an extensive program of walks and other activities, aimed at all ages, interests and abilities. So I would encourage everyone to see what is happening near them and to get involved.”