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Walking for clean air

It’s Clean Air Day on Thursday 16 June – a national day of positive action focused on improving air quality across the UK.

The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It can harm every organ in your body and can shorten our lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put us more at risk from COVID-19.

Making short journeys by walking instead of driving will help reduce emissions and improve clean air. Walking for these short journeys will also help you save money too and it’s a great way to help ourselves feel better both physically and mentally.

However, we appreciate that some of you may not feel confident about stepping out on your own. Perhaps don’t walk often or maybe you would like the reassurance of having other people around while you walk? Maybe you’d like to learn some new walking routes or just have someone to chat to while you stroll?

We support a “Walk With Us” program with several weekly walking groups suitable for anyone who would like a friendly stroll in good company. The walks are 45 – 60 minutes and usually finish with a chance to socialise and meet new people. There are also some community-based walking groups, plus groups for anyone with experience of certain health conditions such as cancer.

Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and stay motivated. A trained walk leader will choose a suitable route and make sure everyone feels welcome, safe and stays together so here’s no need to worry about getting lost or being left behind.

On our website there is more information about walking activities in parks.  

Once you’ve built up your confidence, you’ll find it easier to find ways to make walking a regular habit and to build walking into your daily routine. Is there anywhere you go to that is a short walk from where you live? It might be the shops, the park, or friend’s houses. You could think about leaving the car at home for short journeys, for example walking part of your journey to work, walking to the shops or walking the children to school.

To take your first steps to enjoying walking contact our Community Lifestyles Officer on 01246 345669 or email

First published on 16 June 2022 Last updated on 16 June 2022