An army of walk leaders have celebrated a decade of healthy hikes in the district.
Council Chairman Gordon Marples welcomed volunteer Walk Leaders to Mid Sussex District Council on March 19 to celebrate 10 years of providing free Healthy Walks in the district.
The Mid Sussex Healthy Walks scheme has been a huge success since it launched 10 years ago.Cllr Gordon Marples
Councillor Marples hosted a reception before presenting each volunteer with a Community Service Award in recognition of their voluntary work as Walk Leaders.
The Mid Sussex Healthy Walk scheme began in 2005 as a way to provide local people with a manageable way to start exercising, helping them take the first steps to a healthy lifestyle.
Initially the walks were led by Mid Sussex District Council Park Rangers but the scheme soon expanded with the help of volunteer Walk Leaders.
The army of volunteer Walk Leaders has helped to spread the Healthy Walks scheme to locations right across Mid Sussex and they have dramatically increased the number of walks available to residents.
Walks now cater for a wide range of abilities, from short introductory walks on paved paths that provide secure footing, right through to advanced walks over longer distances and steep hills.
“The Mid Sussex Healthy Walks scheme has been a huge success since it launched 10 years ago,” said Cllr Marples.
“That is due to all our Volunteer Walk Leaders, who have literally gone the extra mile to give something back to the community.
“Our volunteers do a wonderful job, giving up their time so that others have the opportunity to meet new people and share the experience of a countryside walk with other like-minded individuals.
“I have huge admiration for the work that they do and I am delighted to be able to present them with these Community Service Awards.
A spokesman for the council said: “Mid Sussex Healthy Walks are a great way to keep fit and enjoy the beautiful Mid Sussex countryside.”
The full programme of free Mid Sussex Healthy Walks is available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/healthywalks