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Wellbeing walks launched in Keighley

 

KEIGHLEY people are being urged to banish the winter blues by taking part in local walks.

Outdoors company Get Out More has launched a free guide to nine ‘wellbeing’ walks incorporating nature areas within easy reach of the town centre.

Get Out More, which runs activities such as Forest Schools, says people can connect with nature right on their doorstep through the Breathing Spaces Keighley leaflet.

Get Out More, a Keighley-based social enterprise, received money from the Big Lottery to create the guide.

It highlights well-known and hidden beauty spots in Keighley that can easily be accessed on foot and where people can get a dose of nature to help them feel good.

Get Out More managing director Annie Berringto

n said: “When we connect to nature, our blood pressure lowers, stress hormones reduce and immunity and mood are boosted.

“At this time of year when we may be feeling the winter blues and resolving to try to be healthier, regular gentle exercise in nature, not only helps us improve our physical fitness, it helps us feel better inside too.

“The idea of the Breathing Spaces booklet is to encourage people to take time out to enjoy nature on the doorstep. Whether you have a free afternoon, or just a lunchbreak, there is plenty to discover in our town.

“People may be surprised by the pockets of nature that exist in the middle of Keighley: I’ve come across deer grazing in Park Wood, just behind the railway station, and have twice spotted kingfisher along the River Worth.”

The Breathing Spaces booklet mentions Park Wood, Devonshire Park, the River Worth railway path near Dalton Mill, Cliffe Castle Park, the River Worth path, East Riddlesden Hall, the River Aire, Leeds Liverpool Canal and Low Wood.

Annie said that as well as instructions on how t

o access each walk, there are ideas to prompt a deeper connection through slowing down, focusing and using the senses.

The booklets are available from sites across Keighley, including Cliffe Castle, KVWR stations, the library, pharmacies and food outlets.

Visit the Get Out More pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @GetoutMoreCIC for further information.

Get Out More is a social enterprise set up to help people feel better about themselves in mind and body by engaging with nature.

The company offers a range of programmes for people of all ages, delivered through contracts with organisations, grant-funded programmes, or through the forest schools.

Annie said: “We believe passionately in the power of nature to bring people together and improve wellbeing, communities, employability and the environment

“As a social enterprise, profits are reinvested in the community, making sure services can benefit those who need it most and as a society everyone can benefit from getting out

more.”

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