Newent Walks and Cycle Routes

Walking and Cycling in and around Newent   http://newentloop.org/

Two  books are available from local shops detailing a good number of walks in the area. Newent Walks and More Newent Walks have been published by the Newent Initiative to promote the outstanding countryside and the attractive towns and villages.

Each walk features a coloured map showing rights of way, land marks, rivers and streams. Many routes take in notable features such as the beautiful May Hill, and a recently restored section of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal. The walks are graded for differing abilities and feature a step by step directions and points of interest.

The spiral bound A5 books are very user friendly, enabling them to be opened out fully and kept in a map case or coat pocket. At £4.95 both books are selling very well, with the first in its second print run.

For more information and to order by telephone please call Alison Offord 01531 820782 or email newentcc@gmail.com

Forest of Dean Walking for Health

Free Health Walk starting from Chill Out Zone, Broad Street  -  10am – 11am
Every Thursday followed by refreshments.
For details contact Margaret Highton 01531 820245
Scheme Co-ordinator Kim Spencer 01594 562240   www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

Newent Strollers.
Walks generally 4-5 miles, finishing at a pub for lunch.
Martin Brown: 01531 820895     Email: marmartbrown@btopenworld.com
Walking in Gloucestershire
More than 100 Gloucestershire walks to download and print FREE!

There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your lungs, it’s good for the muscle and bone growth of your children and it’s good for your feeling of wellbeing!

Strong scientific evidence now supports the many benefits to health of regular walking – it is recommended that we take at least 10,000 steps a day.

Studies show that walking can:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce high cholesterol
  • Reduce body fat
  • Enhance mental well being

Walking offers a great way to help kids get the active habit. If parents express excitement about the prospect of a walk in the countryside, they are more likely to transmit this feeling to their children. It’s important to treat the walk as an exploration or adventure and to go at the child’s pace, no matter how often they want to stop and look at things; take treats to eat and plenty to drink; and head for some landmark that will appeal to them such as a castle, a playground, an ice cream van or a boating pond. If children experience walking as part of a fun activity they are more likely to want to go again.

So, how do you find out what is on offer? John Harris, a keen walker, got fed up with the lack of information on walks that were going on in the County. So, he decided that if he couldn’t find what he was looking for – he had better create it! So www.walkinginglos.co.uk came into being.
www.walkinginglos.co.uk gives you all the information you need for the best walking in the County: Details of more than 100 walks to download and print free, details of all the Gloucestershire walking groups, maps and walk books – plus loads more information. So check out the website and get walking!

Cycling in and around Newent
The Newent Loop is a 28 mile on road cycling route on quiet roads and lanes through the Gloucestershire countryside. There are two short cut routes of 19 miles each. The routes are sign posted and can be ridden in either a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction.

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