Wolverhampton's Walking for Health group has a new name – and a fresh selection of free walks for people to enjoy.

The group, Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Wolverhampton, currently has 10 weekly walks, with more in the pipeline. They include: 

  • West Park Walk every weekday, 30 minutes, meet inside the Devon Road entrance at 10am
  • Bantock Park Walk, Tuesdays, 30 minutes, meet near the car park at 10.15am
  • Springvale Park Walk, Tuesdays, 60 minutes, meet at the disused car park at the end of Ettingshall Farm Road at 10.15am
  • Bilston Urban Village Walk, Wednesdays, 30 minutes, meet outside the front entrance of WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams, Nettlefolds Way, at 10.15am
  • Pendeford Walk, Fridays, 90 minutes, meet inside the Oasis Community Café at 10.15am
  • Boundary Way Walk, Fridays, 30 minutes, meet at the Boundary Way Allotments at 10.15am

For more detailed descriptions of the walks, please visit Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Wolverhampton. The walks are especially suited for people who currently don't do much walking but who want to get healthier, fitter and make new friends.

Nalin Patel, Volunteer Scheme Co-ordinator, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming more people to our walking group. We offer a range of walks each week, with something for everyone.

"We would also like to be able to increase the number of walks we hold. We are in the process of arranging a new walk in Northwood Park soon in conjunction with Wolverhampton North Primary Care Network, and we'd like to start one in East Park in the new year. 

"So we have an open invitation to people who would like to become Volunteer Walk Leaders. We will give you full training and support, and you don't need to be very fit as a desire and a commitment to help others is more important, so please get in touch!"

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Walking is not just an excellent social activity, but also brings with it a huge number of health benefits. 

"It has a positive effect on the heart, including lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease, it strengthens bones and muscles, it improves balance and coordination, and it can help maintain a healthy weight. Evidence also suggests that just a 20 minute walk per day helps prevent and manage chronic illnesses and can also help prevent dementia.

"Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Wolverhampton offer a variety of free walks at locations across the city, so why not join them for a stroll this week?"

For more information, email nalinpatel1ccc@gmail.com or call her on 07881 742959 or 01902 755492.