Wiltshire Council celebrate their walk leaders
More than 120 Get Wiltshire Walking volunteers attended a special event and lunch organised by Wiltshire Council on 2 February.
The event was organised by the council to celebrate the walk leaders' contribution to people's health and happiness in the county.
The day began with a chance for the volunteers to meet and chat, before a short speech from Councillor Chris Williams, who is a keen walker with the Ludgershall Get Wiltshire Walking group. The volunteers then enjoyed a walk around the beautiful Wiltshrie countryside before they returned for lunch.
John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure, said: “Get Wiltshire Walking is a wonderful initiative, but without the time, support and local knowledge of the 162 fantastic volunteers, it would not be sustainable, or have the capacity to grow.
“These people give up their time for free to help people in their local communities – they plan and provide a comprehensive weekly schedule of organised walks for people of all abilities, throughout the county.
“Not only do these valued volunteers help to combat social isolation, their dedication and time is also helping to improve the health and wellbeing of many people in Wiltshire."
Get Walking Wiltshire offer 26 weekly led walks in 18 locations across Wiltshire. Like many Walking for Health schemes, they offer a range of different length walks to suit different abilities and meet after their walks for a coffee and social event.
Find group walks in your area here.