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Active Rewild : “Take a walk on the wild side.”

Active Rewild : “Take a walk on the wild side.”

Have you ever taken a walk through a forest, over open countryside or along a stretch of our amazing coastline and wondered why you feel so much better for the experience?

                       

Well, recent scientific research is finding that this is not a coincidence.  Gentle walks in these environments away from the hustle and bustle of our ever increasing urban sprawl and technological gadgets are proving crucial to improving our health.  A regular reconnect with nature has been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase our immune response to disease and significantly reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression.

On 6th April Active Newcastle’s Rewild Team will begin the first of a new breed of health walk aimed at getting more of our residents into some of our fantastic natural environments around the outskirts of the city and a little beyond.

These walks will differ from our current health walks.  Firstly the pace at which we move will be much slower so we have time to take in the natural beauty around us and if we are lucky spot some of the local wildlife.  In order to do this we will try to move reasonably quietly and with as little disturbance as possible.  In order to find wilder green spaces we may need to access areas where the paths are a little less manicured so potential participants should view the walk information carefully before coming along.  Sturdy footwear will be a requirement on all our walks and some may involve moderate climbs.  As we plan to move slowly warm clothing is encouraged, and waterproofs are advised at all times, as our weather is a little unpredictable.  If you have access to a pair of binoculars please bring them along and any budding wildlife photographers are most welcome.

The Active Rewild Team are Rob Graham, Tamela Davison and Simon Clark. 

Walks will be held on a Friday morning starting at 10am and will usually be two and a half to three miles in length.  For those who have the time we hope to have a cuppa at a nearby café afterwards and an opportunity to share experiences. 

The vast majority of our walks are free but some may include a small cost if we access a privately managed conservation area such as Gosforth Nature Reserve.  This information will be posted on the website and the whole access fee will be spent on the continued conservation of the environment we have the pleasure to experience. 

As we hope to see some wildlife and some walks will access nature reserves dogs are unfortunately not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs who may attend all our sessions.

 

For further information please contact Rob Graham on 07816 973855.

Rob.graham@newcastle.gov.uk

 

April Rewild Walks

 

Friday 6th April 10am

Broomley Woods - uneven paths with some exposed tree roots, muddy in places. Some moderate inclines.

Start point and parking at Stocksfield Railway Station, NE43 7NH

Guide Dogs only

 

Friday 13th April 10am

Big Waters Nature Reserve- Mostly flat paths with some muddy stretches. No inclines.

Start point and parking at Big Waters nature reserve, just past Brunswick Village, Seaton Burn, Northumberland, NE13 7BD

Guide Dogs only

 

Friday 20th April 10am

Gosforth Nature Reserve (£2.50 access to the reserve, paid on the day) - mostly uneven paths with exposed tree roots. Can be very muddy in some sections.

Start point and parking near Lake Lodge, Salters Lane, Gosforth, NE3 5EP

Guide Dogs only

 

Friday 27th April 10am

Thornley Woods - some flat and some uneven paths with exposed tree roots. Some moderate inclines and several short steep forest stair climbs.

Thornley Woodlands Centre, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE19 1AU

Guide Dogs only