Join walkers to feel the benefit of a weekly stroll


Published Monday 27 February 2017

People of all ages and abilities are invited to experience the health benefits of regular walking by joining two New Forest walking groups.

The regular walks are based in Ringwood and led by trained volunteer walk leaders, supported by the New Forest National Park Authority. Leaders are on hand to support and encourage all walkers, irrespective of their speed or ability, helping people to get active and stay healthy.

These walking groups are part of the Walking for Health scheme, a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Ramblers, which offers over 3,000 walks each week across the UK.

Taking part in regular short group walks at a comfortable pace is a great way to stretch your legs, explore what’s on your doorstep, make new friends and improve your health.

The walks start from outside the Ringwood Medical Centre, The Close, Ringwood, at 10.30am on the first and third Tuesday in the month.

Regular walker Lorna Dyson from Ringwood, said: ‘I enjoy my weekly walk because it keeps me mobile and active and I enjoy being with like-minded people. Having a walk leader means I don’t have to worry about directions and can just enjoy a short stroll with friends. I’d encourage anyone to join if they are looking to improve their health and meet new people.’

Craig Daters, New Forest National Park Authority Ranger, said: ‘A regular stroll with like-minded people can be a great way to get fresh air, regular exercise and reduce stress.

‘It’s a pleasure to run these new walking groups around Ringwood and I hope they will help local people enjoy a healthier, more active life this year.’

The majority of the routes are on paved footpaths, but some short sections may cross soft or uneven ground, so please wear suitable footwear.

For more information visit or contact Craig Daters on 01590 646 671 or

Notes to Photo Editor:

Walkers take part in a Walking for Health stroll near Fordingbridge.

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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