Huntingdonshire District Council’s Health Walk scheme is supporting National Walking Month by offering free, friendly health walks throughout May. Walking is a great way to get active, meet new people and explore your local area.

Cllr Robin Howe, whose executive responsibilities include One Leisure Active Lifestyles, said: "We’re delighted to be supporting National Walking Month this May. Our volunteer walk leaders help all sorts of people to enjoy the many health benefits that regular walking brings, providing support every step of the way.

"Our walkers have a great deal of fun, making new friends and getting to know their local area. Many of us know we should be more active, so why not join us this May and let us welcome you along to our next walk."

To find a walk near you, visit our Health Walks page or call the One Leisure Active Lifestyles team on 01480 388469. Alternatively you can pick up the latest brochure from your local library, One Leisure site or GP surgery.

Walking counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity people should be doing each week. Only 61% of adults in England are currently meeting this recommendation, but walking offers a free and simple solution.

Walking is a wonderful form of natural exercise, which is simple but effective. We could prevent 37,000 deaths every year, just by taking a walk. In just a short time, walking can significantly improve a person’s health, well-being and confidence.