Stepping out for first Leeds walking festival

Janet Street-Porter at the first Leeds Festival of Walking

Janet Street-Porter at the first Leeds Festival of Walking

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Television celebrity Janet Street-Porter stepped out to launch the first Leeds Festival of Walking.

She was joined by a team of walking enthusiasts to formally open the festival at Roundhay Park today.

They ventured around the north Leeds park and nearby Secret Gorge to celebrate a week of walking.

More than 50 walks have been organised as part of the festival, which has been organised by the Ramblers’ Association in support of Leeds City Council, ranging from two miles through to ten miles.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We’ve been delighted to team up with the Ramblers Association to get this event off the ground.

“Walking is a great way to be healthy and we have a great range of walks around Leeds for all abilities and interests, with long rural rambles and more urban trails full of amazing sights and historical interest.”

Martin Bennett, chair of the Leeds Group of the Ramblers’ Association, said: “Walking can be enjoyed by people of a really wide range of ages and capabilities, and it’s often traffic free.

“Getting out in the fresh air for a walk can be the best thing you can give yourself.

“There are several short ‘walking for health’ walks, Leeds Get Active walks and City Connect walks which will help people wanting to have a healthy lifestyle.

“And for more seasoned walkers, a special feature is a walk of the whole Leeds Country Way – and attractive 62 mile circular route will be walked in six daily stages, the first stage starting from Pudsey.”

All of the walks are free of charge and are led by a leader.

For more details visit www.walkleeds.com.