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Join the Big Stroll this autumn

14 November 2019

The first of this autumn's Big Stroll community walks in Great Yarmouth and Norwich have been announced – and everyone's welcome.

The Big Stroll is brand new project funded by Pushing Ahead, Norfolk County Council's sustainable transport initiative. It brings communities together to enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of going for a walk.

Ben Jones, Director at Active Norfolk, said: “Walking is a fantastic way to get to know your community and enjoy your surroundings while you travel. And, as well as the obvious health benefits to walking, there are social and mental health benefits too. Meeting up with others and heading out on a walk is a great stress buster and is a great way to lift your mood.”

“Brisk walking for just 10 minutes has lots of health benefits and can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other conditions. The Big Stroll is available for all walking abilities you might even discover parts of the neighbourhood you never knew about.”

Community groups and organisations in the Greater Norwich area or Great Yarmouth, are being encouraged to apply for funding from the Big Stroll to help set up a walk in their community. There is up to £300 available for groups to set up their own walk which can either be a one-off event or a series of walks.

The first Big Stroll in Great Yarmouth is being hosted by Mocha and will take place on Sunday 17 November at 10am meeting at The Waterways cafe, Great Yarmouth.

The walk will include a casual stroll down to Britannia Pier, up Regent Road and finish at Mocha for a free hot drink and cake for everyone. It is completely free and everyone is welcome, so feel free to invite friends, family, colleagues along – dogs are welcome!

The first Big Stroll in Norwich is being hosted by The Goode Life UK and it takes place on Friday 22 November at 10am meeting at Plumstead Road Library, Norwich. It is completely free and will take in the leafy lanes around Mousehold Heath with free refreshments on offer after the hour-long amble.

For more information visit the Pushing Ahead website.

Pushing Ahead is a project which brings together Department of Transport funding to promote walking and cycling, support active travel, and boost economic growth in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Partners are Norfolk County Council, Active Norfolk, Norwich City Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the University of East Anglia.

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