May is National Walking Month and this week is walk to school week (16-20 May 2016). We all know that walking makes our children healthier and happier. It’s great for us too. Keeping active is known to reduce the chances of becoming obese, developing heart conditions and keeps our planet clean too. Look at all the cars around us in London, by choosing to walk not only you overcome crowded tube and bus rides but also reduce carbon emissions and cut down on fuel use so the world stays greener too.
The campaign in 2015 was a great success with lots of parents making the decision to leave the cars at home and walk children to school instead. In fact, over one million children in over 4000 schools participated in the event
The purpose of the campaign, which has been observed since 1995 is to motivate children to look at road safety awareness so they feel more confident about walking around safely on their own when they’re older.
To read more check out this website.
National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is. Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.
We like to keep you in the loop so we found the below information helpful and to keep young and little ones active as much as possible.
The Kensington and Chelsea Walking Alliance is a locally run partnership that gives people the chance to improve their own health and to get involved in free local health walks. The partnership has a co-ordinated approach and has the potential for joint funding applications to enable the local walk programme to continue to grow and have a long-term future. The walks are led by trained local residents who are both enthusiastic and understanding of walker’s abilities.
The walks are all free of charge and open to all, please wear suitable shoes as it can get muddy occasionally and please bring a rain coat. You may also want to bring a small amount of money for a social tea/coffee at the end of the walk.
Canal Grand Union walk (90 minutes): Explore the quieter walkways of North Kensington
Day: Mondays, Time: 10.30-12noon, Meeting Point: Front entrance foyer in Sainsbury’s, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA
Holland Park (60 minutes): Enjoy this beautiful park in the heart of London.
Day: Thursdays, Time: 10.30-11.30am, Meeting Point: outside the HollandPark Cafe, HollandPark, Ilchester Place, London W8 6LU
Brompton Cemetery (30 minutes): A peaceful walk where world famous past residents are laid to rest.
Day: Wednesdays, Time: 10.30am-11.30am. Meeting Point: Old Brompton Road entrance, SW5 9JF (There is also an optional extended 45 minute walk available)
Kensington Gardens (60 minutes).
Day: Fridays, Time 10:30am-11:30. Meet at the Kings Arms Gate (High St. Kensington)
Battersea Park (60 minutes): Walk along the river to this historical park and back.
Day: Tuesdays, Time: 10.30am-11.30am, Meeting Point: Pavement area beside Cadogan Pier at the junction of Chelsea Embankment and AlbertBridge.