A bank holiday stroll is the first step in National Walking Month

The council stages more than 80 guided walks around its parks and open spaces each year

Enjoying Croydon’s parks and open spaces, spending quality time with family and friends, tackling air pollution and feeling healthier are a few of the benefits residents can enjoy during National Walking Month in May.

People are being encouraged to walk more this month and step up to a healthier lifestyle. It is an opportunity for everyone to do a bit more exercise and improve their wellbeing by taking regular breaks outdoors in the fresh air and leaving the car at home.

The council supports many guided walks. There are more than 80 guided walks and events throughout the year to help you discover and enjoy local parks and open spaces.

The countryside in and around Croydon has plenty to offer

Ken Morcombe is a Croydon Health Walks leader: “Walking has been very beneficial for my health and wellbeing. I have a history of cardiac disease which has resulted in three major surgical interventions.

“Due to the exercise from walking, I am now blessed with good health and a high level of fitness. I really enjoy taking part and leading the walks and seeing others’ fitness levels also improve.

“It has been great to watch the scheme grow from a handful of walkers to some of the most popular locations hosting more than a hundred walkers on a single day. In addition, it is a good way to enjoy our lovely parks and open spaces, along with company, which is important for our emotional and mental well-being too.”

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