Getting active still on the list for 2015? Save cash on gym fees and explore Worcestershire's countryside

Published Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Anyone with getting active still on their 'to do' lists for 2015 is being encouraged to take advantage of Worcestershire's fantastic countryside, which could also save cash on gym fees.

The County Council's Countryside team manages numerous trails, with the help of dedicated volunteers, to suit people of all ages and fitness levels.

Shorter routes are available to the north, south, east and west of Worcestershire from the Bewdley River and Rail, Eckington Wharf, Hanbury, Pershore Bridges and Stourport Circular Walks.

For the more experienced longer distance trails such as the Severn, Worcestershire and Wychavon Way walks are ideal.

Further information on the trails and the dedicated programme of Health Walks can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside.

The web section also includes a link to audio trails for Dowles Brook, Ribbesford, Upper Arley and Wassell Wood in Wyre Forest, which offers walkers the chance to hear and discover the areas whilst taking in the scenic routes.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "We're really fortunate to have some of the most glorious countryside right on our doorsteps here in Worcestershire. It's that time of year when we're still working on resolutions and, hopefully not breaking them.

"Walking our many trails, which differ in distance so area accessible to a wide range of people of all ages, is a great way of keeping that commitment to getting active. Another benefit is the potential cost-saving on things like gym fees making it a great way to maybe lose pounds whilst also keeping some in pockets.

"I'd encourage anyone interested to log on to www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside to find out more."