Steps to a healthier life

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STEPPING OUT From left, Marion Payne, John Austin, Rita Rodgers, Derek Bockett, Ann Mariani and organiser Gill Parry

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Steps to a healthier life

THESE walkers weren't put off by the bad weather as they took part in a scheme to encourage more people to walk.

Walking for Health is a scheme run by Portsmouth City Council and is geared towards promoting walking to help lead a healthier lifestyle.

Sessions take place every week at 17 locations around the city.

Leader Gill Parry, 74, took a walk around Southsea.

She said: ‘The weather doesn't do us any favours, but we still had seven people turn up.

‘We started off at Canoe Lake Cafe in Southsea then we walked to the Rose Gardens, along the promenade, before coming back inland and heading back towards the cafe.

‘We usually do about three miles and it takes us an hour.

‘People can stay on the walk for as long as they want - the aim is to encourage more walking.'