Step forward into a healthy afternoon

Merton residents are being urged to take their trainers out of the closet and join the fortnightly healthy walks being held across the borough. The walks take place on Wednesday afternoons and the next one is on 16 April at Cannon Hill Common at 1:30pm. The meeting point is where Cannon Hill Lane meets Cherrywood Lane.

This is a great opportunity to improve health and mood, reduce stress and meet new people. The weather is getting warmer, so there is no excuse to stay at home without enjoying the fresh air and getting to know Merton’s local parks. The walks are free and everybody is welcome.

A free training course is also available throughout the year for those interested in becoming walk leaders on a volunteer basis. The next course will be on 15 April at The Wilson Hospital, in Mitcham.

Merton Council organises the Healthy Walks programme in partnership with the Walking the Way to Health initiative – the largest national body promoting and setting the standards for led health walks.

Lyn Carpenter, Director of Environment and Regeneration, says: “The council is making the health needs of its residents a priority and encouraging people to lead an active lifestyle. This an excellent opportunity to exercise in a very pleasant way and enjoy the company of other residents.”

For more information contact Leisure and Cultural Services on 020 8545 3663 or email