Walking to good health

STROLL ON Walkers taking part in a walk organised by healthy walks around Old Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (1312-302)
STROLL ON Walkers taking part in a walk organised by healthy walks around Old Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (1312-302)

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ACTIVE pensioners rolled back the years as they took part in a walk designed to keep them fit and healthy.

Fifteen members of Portsmouth healthy walks, an initiative run by Portsmouth City Council and the Ramblers Association, set off on a stroll from The Royal Garrison Church in Old Portsmouth to Clarence Pier, in Southsea, and back.

The group then went to The Still & West Country House, Camber Dock and Portsmouth Cathedral before ending up at The Old Slipway Cafe, in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth.

The event took place on Wednesday.

Derek Bockett, 75, of Auckland Road East, Southsea, is one of 14 leaders for Portsmouth healthy walks, which has more than 300 members across the city.

There are normally between three to four walks a week which are organised by the group.

Mr Bockett takes part in the walks because he has been a diabetic for 62 years and it helps to keep him fit.

‘One of our leaders, Jack Dixon, is 91,’ he said.

‘It’s a great opportunity for people to lose weight and get out in the fresh air.

‘You also meet new people and make friends. Everyone always enjoys taking part and going to The Old Slipway Cafe at the end to put the world to rights.’

For more information about the walks, contact Paula Day on (023) 9268 8390 or visitportsmouth.gov.uk/living/11746.html