Cherry Tree Wood, Finchley

Get your walking shoes on for 3 October – here’s the chance to stride into autumn with the Big Barnet Walk.

The council and their leisure operator Better, together with Saracens Sports Foundation and East Finchley Altogether Better (EFAB), are offering four instructor-led health walks in the borough for those over 55.

The walks, celebrating Silver Sunday annual celebrations and taking place on Monday 3 October starting at 9.30am, will either be free or need a small donation to cover the cost of the walk.

Lasting approximately one hour, the friendly instructors leading the walks will ensure everyone is walking at a pace they are comfortable with, in both local parks and community spaces.

Councillor Sachin Rajput, chairman of Adults and Safeguarding Committee, said:

“It’s great to see opportunity for the community’s older members to enjoy a walk as part of Silver Sunday annual celebrations. These walks will enable people to get the best out of our borough in the autumn.”

“Walking is a great form of physical activity, does not require any special skills or expertise and is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and meet new people.”

Walkers have said they enjoyed feeling fitter, socialising and seeing more of the changing environment in their borough.

The walks on offer are a taster of regular walking programmes offered by Barnet Council and its partners. For more information including starting times and routes, or on regular walk programmes, please visit www.barnet.gov.uk/onthemove

Silver Sunday is weeklong national celebration of older people and their contribution to communities. Through a variety of free activities, the week offers a chance to keep active in body and spirit, try new things, and meet their neighbours to stay socially active.

For more information on sports and physical activity opportunities on offer during Silver Sunday week such as dance, gardening, racquet ball, swimming or Tai Chi, please visit Silver Sunday Week.

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