Moneymore motivates communities to get walking


Walking In Your Community in conjunction with the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership hosted a recent Community Walk Leader training course, Saturday 1st February 2014 at The Manor House, Moneymore.

Stephanie Bain, Landscape Officer at Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership commented  “The Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership worked together with Walking In Your Community to bring this superb Community Walk Leader course to the Sperrins as many people in the area were interested in setting up a walking group and a series of walks. This was a fantastic training opportunity for the locals and so now we hope to see more people out walking and making the most of the stunning scenery that we have right here on our doorsteps.”

Braving the chilly winter conditions in the heart of the Sperrins, the full day training involved a short stroll around the 18th century grounds of Springhill House Estate and Demesne. Here, community volunteers and leaders were presented with a fantastic opportunity to gain the vital skills needed to start up their own walking group and lead short, safe and accessible walks within their local community.

Stephanie continued by saying “The course was well organised and the WIYC staff were extremely professional. The training was very useful, especially providing valuable information about setting up local walking groups. It was good to meet up and learn about walking with other like minded people. Overall it was a fun and enjoyable day.” 

Patricia Greene from Eglinton Community commented on the training day stating “The walk itself was very useful as it highlighted to me the key elements I need to consider for a successful walk.”

Kenny Bradley, Chairman of Sixtowns History and Heritage Group also added “I hope to set up a walking group to walk in the Sperrins area on walk a monthly basis. We will be organising outings and this programme taught us about what we need as well as good tips for successful walks.”

For more information on upcoming training courses, please check out the Events and Training section of the Walking In Your Community website.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Walk Leader, please fill out the online application form by clicking here.

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