The club will get you fit and healthy, so come out for a walk

GREAT OUTDOORS Walkers in Queen Elizabeth Country Park
GREAT OUTDOORS Walkers in Queen Elizabeth Country Park
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Feeling up for a walk?

I recommend anyone from any age or area to come and join Walking Friends because it is a brilliant club to make friends and get healthier.

The club and I always encourage people to come and walk with us. We regularly go on walks around Portsmouth, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and they are normally between two and three miles long.

Each walk is health and safety checked and risk assessed.

At Walking Friends the age group ranges from 50 to 80. We mainly target retired people, and we focus on making them happier by coming along on the regular walks – it definitely helps them get fitter.

We meet on Tuesdays at Baffins Community Centre, Wednesday at Bransbury Park in Eastney, and on Thursday at Southsea Community Centre in Kings Street.

All the walks start at 10.30am and on Tuesdays there is a choice of a longer or shorter walk depending on how you feel, so either two to three miles or three to five miles long.

Every fortnight we also go on longer walks of between three and six miles around the New Forest or Queen Elizabeth Country Park and transport is provided for those taking part.

Club membership costs £5 a year, and then a £1 donation every fortnight or so, as it is self-funding and run purely on a voluntary basis.

The club will walk whatever the weather, so as long as you are wearing suitable clothing you can walk.

The aim of the group is to make friends and get healthier. I run the walks and certainly enjoy watching people happily walking with the others.