People are being invited to put their best foot forward and join one of Wolverhampton Walking for Health's community led-walks this autumn.

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.

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.

"Wolverhampton's Walking for Health programme offers a variety of free walks at locations across the city, so why not join them for a stroll this autumn?"

The programme currently includes 30-minute walks at West Park, Bantock Park and the Boundary Way-Warstones area, one hour-long walks at Springvale Park and Heath Town, and an 80-minute walk in Pendeford.

Nalin Patel, Volunteer Scheme Co-ordinator, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming more people to our Walking for Health 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 each week, and also to expand to other parts of the city, so we are looking for people to train as 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, if you are interested either in joining one of our walks or becoming a Walk Leader and helping the group grow, please get in touch with me via or on 07881 742959.”

For more details please visit Wolverhampton Walking for Health