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South Yorkshire folk are being invited to get to grips with Nordic walking to improve fitness levels and explore new beauty spots.
The Forestry Commission is staging free one hour sessions in its local woodlands in Doncaster, Kiveton, Dinnington and Thurnscoe, perfect for people of all ages.
Nordic walking is walking using two specially designed poles and is similar to cross country skiing, which given the snowy winter we’ve just had might not be a bad skill to acquire!
But toning up is the aim of these events as Nordic walking is far more beneficial than walking without poles as swinging the sticks helps use 90% of the body’s muscles. It also helps burn calories much quicker.
Emily Holmes, one of three Forestry Commission rangers in South Yorkshire trained as Nordic walking instructors, said:
“It’s become a real fitness craze, but it’s here to stay because it’s so much fun and does you a power of good. Anyone can give it a go, from folk recovering from illness to those wanting to boost mind, body and spirit. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and discover the woods being nurtured on former colliery sites.”
One hour spring outings take place at 6pm on:
14 April Brodsworth Community Wood, near Doncaster
20 April Kiveton Community Wood, Kiveton, near Rotherham
21 April Brodsworth Community Wood, near Doncaster
27 April Dinnington Community Wood, Dinnington
28 April Brodsworth Community Woodland, near Doncaster
5 May Brodsworth Community Woodland, near Doncaster
Another walk takes place on 8 April at Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, from 10am to 12noon, as part of the Green Festival. More events will be staged in the Autumn. For futher information and to book places contact 01302 820278.
NOTES TO EDITOR
Forest chiefs have identified South Yorkshire has a key area in the region’s Forestry Strategy. The former colliery sites have provided woodlands on peoples’ doorsteps, offering new opportunities to enjoy healthy recreation and broadening wildlife habitats. They have also become a focus for community activities, including the acclaimed forest experience initiative, where youngsters go back to nature to learn about bushcraft.
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information go to www.forestry.gov.uk/YorkshireandtheHumber
Richard Darn on 01226 246351. Mobile: 07753 670038.