Making great strides for walkers

Walking groups are trying to get more people out and about
Walking groups are trying to get more people out and about

Walkers in the Pocklington and District area are looking to continue the fantastic work by the Wolds Gateway Partnership by highlighting ways to get people out and about.

The Walkers are Welcome status was awarded to Pocklington following energetic work by members of Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership – and members of walking groups are now hoping to build on this recognition.

The award was a fitting accolade for the town that serves as a hub to surrounding villages and an accessible network of public footpaths in pleasant countryside. The aim is to get people out walking and enjoy the area.

Additional to the many small, informal groups in the area there are three organisations who provide a programme of led walks.

The East Yorkshire & Derwent Area Ramblers group provides a comprehensive programme of led walks, including summer evening walks and weekends away. The group also organises regular social functions.

Membership allows an individual to join a Ramblers walk anywhere in the country and attracts discounts at certain equipment outlets. For advice and information including planned walks and membership take a look at the website

Meanwhile, the U3A also has a diary of led walks. For more information contact the U3A membership secretary, Fairfield, Birker Lane, Wilberfoss, York, YO41 5RH, or email

Another outlet for walkers can be found thanks to volunteers in the Pocklington and Market Weighton areas.

The Walking for Health scheme is aimed at anyone who has an interest in walking or wants to slowly introduce exercise into their daily routine as part of rehabilitation from illness, injury or to get fit.

They are organised on Fridays from Pocklington’s Francis Scaife Sports Centre and Wednesdays at Market Weighton by Walkers are Welcome volunteers. For more information please contact Laura Hutchinson on 01482 392527 or email

A spokesman for the ramblers said: “Walking in a group is a sociable activity that can help improve mental health and overcome feelings of isolation. Spending time in the outdoors and in contact with the natural environment – for example by walking in parks, woodland and green spaces – can have a positive effect.

If you are not comfortable with walking alone, planning routes or following map directions, then walk with an organised group.”