Getting out into the natural world is good fun and great for our health. The natural environment has huge potential for improving our health and wellbeing. Walking, cycling, swimming; just by being somewhere special and feeling happier and more connected to people can improve our health in lots of ways. In the woods, bird watching or stargazing, we can all benefit by experiencing and appreciating the wild beauty of what’s around us and where better than on Dartmoor?
Walking for Health
Walking for Health encourages more people to become physically active in their own communities.
Why not pick up a pack of free self-guided Walking for Health routes? Packs are available for Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Ivybridge, Okehampton and Yelverton. The walks are generally less than two miles long and are ideal for those people just starting to exercise or wanting to fit exercise into a busy schedule. Each route is predominantly well surfaced and flat and each leaflet provides details of target times to help you measure your speed and fitness. A walks diary is included in the pack for recording your progress.
Packs are available through local Walking for Health groups, Tourist Information Centres, Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres and some GPs’ surgeries.
Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are both currently running projects which are exploring how the National Parks can be better used to improve physical and mental health. To find out more please contact the coordinator:
- Dartmoor Naturally Healthy Project – Chrissy Mason – firstname.lastname@example.org