Walkers stride out in Salisbury for Christmas
More than 140 Get Wiltshire Walking registered walkers from across the county took to the countryside around Salisbury on Friday 7 December to celebrate the festive season and another fantastic year for Get Wiltshire Walking.
Departing from Salisbury Rugby Club, walkers took part in a 6-mile Strider walk, a 3.5-mile Stroller walk, or a 1.5-mile starter walk, depending on their ability.
The walkers were particularly keen to don their hiking boots to bring the walking community together and show that Salisbury is recovering and is open for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
Cllr Chris Williams, himself a keen walker and a regular Get Wiltshire Walking participant, joined the group for the walk; he said: "Get Wiltshire Walking is a fantastic initiative that helps to bring people together and encourages them to be a little more active on free walks throughout the county.
"No matter what your ability, there's a walk to suit you you can walk at your own pace and enjoy a short walk or something a bit further if that's what you want to do.
"Each Get Wiltshire Walking event is a great social occasion, and another step in the fight against rural isolation and loneliness. We always meet for coffee and a chat after a walk, which does wonders for walkers who don't often see or speak to other people.
"Get Wiltshire Walking sessions are held all around the county every week, so I'd urge people to pop along to their local events to get involved."
After the walk, the participants enjoyed a lunch in the rugby club, and many then headed into the city centre to enjoy the Christmas market and ice rink.
Get Wiltshire Walking is a public health-funded project that organises 33 regular free walks in 18 locations around the county, and beginners are most welcome as there are walks to suit all abilities.
So, whether you're taking the first steps towards a healthier you, looking to socialise, or you'd like to stride out into the countryside with like-minded people, you'll find a walk to suit you.
To find out more about walking in your area, please call walk coordinator Rosie Golding on 07917 599964, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.