Walking is a healthy and sustainable means of travel, which does not damage the environment and is great for short journeys.

We are making improvements so that walking is safer, more secure and more enjoyable in town centres and along routes linked to residential areas.

  • Town centre shopping streets, such as Standishgate in Wigan and Bradshawgate in Leigh have been pedestrianised
  • There are ambitious plans to link the borough's own network of cycle, foot and bridle paths into various national and regional networks
  • Schools are promoting walking to school in their travel plans.

Health walks - Active Outdoors

Be Well leisure and wellbeing services are an accredited Walking for Health scheme, whose vision is that everyone will have access to a short free and friendly health walk within easy reach of where they live, to help them become and stay active.

As part of our Active Outdoors programme, we run weekly walking sessions across the borough. These are suitable for adults of all fitness levels and abilities.

The walks are ideal for people who want to improve their general health and wellbeing and are great for people of all ages to take up walking in a safe and sociable atmosphere. Just remember to wear sturdy footwear and bring a drink with you.

We have also produced a series of leaflets with short walks that can be undertaken by most people without much difficulty, and will reward you with views of our attractive countryside and many interesting local landmarks.

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