Get ready for the comeback of the Big Wigan Walk Week!

People all over the borough are set to exceed their daily step targets this summer as the Big Wigan Walk Week makes a triumphant return for its second year.

Over 40 organised walks will be held during the nine-day event, running from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June.

The festivities will kick off at Pennington Flash, with a variety of leisurely strolls planned as part of the Flashes Festival of Nature Event (25-26 May). Other highlights include a canal history walk starting from Trencherfield Mill and a ‘Mint Ball Trail’ celebrating Wigan’s famous export – Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls.

Residents are being urged to lace up their walking shoes, take the first step, and commit to joining in the fun.

Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for communities and neighbourhoods, commented: “Our Big Wigan Walk Week aims to inspire more people to get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, reach their daily step goals, and relish in the beauty of our wonderful borough!

“Walking offers numerous advantages, from enhancing our physical health to uplifting our spirits. It’s a straightforward yet effective method to stay in shape, reduce stress, and enhance mental well-being.

“We are fortunate to reside in one of the greenest urban areas in the nation, and our walks will explore our stunning green spaces, from popular attractions like Pennington Flash and Haigh Woodland Park to our charming canal paths and local parks. Participants will also have the chance to discover the rich industrial history of our towns.

“Whether you are a seasoned walker or just embarking on an active lifestyle, the Big Wigan Walk Week has something for everyone! It’s also a fantastic, free way to keep the kids active during the school break, so be sure to sign up for a walk near you.”

The Big Wigan Walk Week is arranged by Be Well, the council’s flourishing health and well-being initiative.

Most walks will range from 30 minutes to an hour, though some will offer a more challenging experience – such as the eight-mile Wigan Way walk on the festival’s closing day.

There will be Nordic Walking sessions for beginners and advanced participants, nature walks in partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Bump and Buggy events, and a special walk suitable for individuals in assisted living communities or receiving home care.

All participants will receive a special souvenir badge as a keepsake.

To discover more about the Big Wigan Walk Week and locate a walk in your area, visit the event’s website.

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