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Arrow Valley Health Walkers celebrated Christmas early this week by finishing their weekly walk with a festive meal.

The group met at Arrow Valley Park on Monday 4th December for their weekly walk which ended with a meal at the Golden Goose pub. During the meal, thanks were given to all the voluntary Health Walk Leaders for their hard work in 2017.

The celebration comes ahead of the 30th anniversary of the annual Festival of Winter Walks which is supported by the People's Postcode Lottery and runs from 23rd December until 7th January.

During the Festival, Arrow Valley Health Walkers will be encouraging more people to join them on their walks as well as inspiring more volunteers to become walk leaders. Anyone interested in becoming a walk leader can take part in a short training day in January.

Arrow Valley Health Walkers take part in free walks which leave from the park's Visitors Centre each Monday morning at 11am. The walks are run by volunteers with support from Redditch Borough Council and promote substantial health benefits as well as being very social, with the option of being able to stop for a cup of tea in the café afterwards.

As well as providing a gentle introduction to exercise, the health walks are designed to give people the confidence to take up other walking opportunities and promote a generally healthier lifestyle.

Cllr Pat Witherspoon, whose portfolio covers Leisure and Cultural Services, said: "If you feel like you're in danger of overindulging over the Christmas period then Walks for Health is a great way to kick start the New Year. It's gentle, fun and social and the Festival of Winter Walks offers an easy way to head out for a winter wander with friends and family."

Val Wilson, Coordinator at Redditch Borough Council, said: "Winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings in the fresh air. The cold crisp days of winter are a magical time to go walking. It's a great way to escape the demands of the festive season too so why not join us for our next walk. Who knows, what starts out as a one-off walk could lead to life-long friendships and a serious walking habit."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said: "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their Festival of Winter Walks, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking."

Another Health Walkers group runs on Thursday mornings at 11am from the Visitors centre for more confident walkers able to walk up to 5 miles.

For more information about the Health Walks scheme at the Arrow Valley Country Park or how to become a Walk Leader, please contact the Events Team.