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Get active through walking

The steady stream of new walks and walk groups in and around Swansea shows no sign of slowing!

Sport and Health walking group
They range from health and well-being walks to a series of more demanding walks around the churches of Gower. Find out more about walking in Swansea.

New Health and Wellbeing walking groups have been started in Penllergare Valley Woods, Singleton Park, Gowerton, Waunarlwydd, Dunvant, Killay, Gorseinon and the Marina. These join other similar walks in and around Swansea. Each walk is planned and initiated by the Walking Development Officer in partnership with local communities, ParkLives, charities, Local Area Coordination, SCVS Social Prescribing, and other organisations. After a period of consolidation community volunteers are identified who take over leadership of the group.

These walking groups provide a resource for NERS, Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Long-Covid, Social Prescribing, Primary Mental Health Care, Local Area Coordination, and SCVS Our Neighbourhood Officers. Clients are introduced to an appropriate group either as an individual or in a 'walk within a walk' accompanied by professional supporters.

Sport and Health walking at Rhossili
Partnerships have been developed with a variety of organisations. These range from planning accessible walk routes at a new Pobl housing estate in Penyrheol, leading charity walks with Action for Elders and Swansea University / Papyrus, Ramblers Paths for Wellbeing, and one-off support for community activities.

180 Health Walks Leaders have now been trained with more courses in the pipeline. Most are already participating in existing groups or starting new walks. Delegates come from backgrounds from community volunteers to NHS professionals. If you would like to know more about the training contact John Ashley, our Walking Development Officer.

 

Sport and Health walking at Llanmadoc
The Gower Walking Festival (opens new window) returned in September 2021 with a shortened but very successful programme. The 14 walks (from short to 17 miles around historic Gower buildings) were sold out with 250 walkers and a full page feature in the Sunday Times. The travel editor visited Gower with her family, sampled two walks, and returned to London enraptured by Gower! The 2022 Festival will run with a full programme from 3 - 11 September.

Summer 2022 will see the official opening of the 50-mile long Gower Pilgrimage Way (opens new window), linking all 17 historic churches in Gower, and including several chapels and other Christian sacred sites along the way. It runs from Penclawdd in the north-east, around the peninsula, finishing at St Teilo's in Bishopston in the south-east.

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