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Healthy Hearts Trail launches in Hereford

Herefordshire Council’s new Healthy Hearts Trail at Aylestone Park in Hereford opens to the public this week.

The trail, which officially opens on Wednesday 22 August at 10:00am is a 10 station nature circuit with Braille for the visually impaired, set in the pleasant surroundings of Hereford’s Aylestone Park.

The circuit is designed to adapt to all levels of fitness, ability and ages with each station bearing an Olympic or Paralympic value for additional inspiration for users.

The launch day is the perfect opportunity for residents to come along and speak with a qualified instructor while also taking part in healthy hearts circuit demonstrations at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm or 6:00pm.  There will also be a short tai chi session at 1:00pm and a led walk at 3:30pm.

Councillor Roger Phillips, cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: “We’re delighted to open the first Healthy Hearts Trail in Herefordshire and hope this will be the first of many, with more popping up in parks throughout Herefordshire in the near future.”

“The trail has been designed to help residents gently increase their participation in physical activity in a fun way with family and friends.  It will cost absolutely nothing to use except perhaps a little motivation and effort!”

“We will have qualified instructors on hand during the launch event, to lead demonstrations and help people understand the best way to use the trail to match their requirements.  The free event is open to all residents, regardless of age or fitness level and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a little bit of sunshine on the day.”

To download a handy trail map, please click here

For further details on Aylestone Park’s Healthy Hearts Trail contact Shirley Goodwin-Jones on 01432 260730 or sgoodwin-jones@herefordshire.gov.uk or to find out about other health walks across the county visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/walkingforhealth.