October Walking Festival at Clifton Country Park welcome sign. Image taken by Rutabah Khan

Organised walks are on offer to tempt Salford people out into the city’s country parks during October.

Salford Ranger Team has organised the Walking Festival catering for different abilities and ages, so as many people as possible can enjoy their copious health benefits.

A ‘Tiny Tots Ramble’ walk  will take place every Friday in October, starting from the Clifton Country Park café at 10.30am.

Clifton Country Park is the perfect location for young children and their parents or carers. This is because the park has an easy to walk on terrain, play area for children, a variety of wildlife and fairy-tale sculptures throughout the park.

Walker Lynn Howarth said: “It’s easy to walk because the ground is level, and because of the weather it’s a nice path to walk along.”

The park also offers amenities such as a café, free parking and toilets.

Nordic Walking is also taking place in the park every Saturday throughout October from 9.30am-1pm. The sessions are led by Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking.

Nordic Walking is a low intensity walk offering a body workout that strengthens and tones.

Diane Lemon, a Salford resident who walks in Clifton Country Park most days, said: “Oh, I think it’s amazing, it’s great. It’s a pity there’s not more of these places.

“Not only are you walking, but you are also meeting other people. You get to see such lovely countryside in a city.”

The Salford Ranger Team has also organised a harder 10-mile walk, for those who enjoy a challenge on Sunday October 24 from 10am-3pm at Clifton County Park.

To attend this walk you can book through Rangers@salford.gov.uk.

For more information about the October Walking Festival, which includes Worsley, Walkden and other country parks, go to the Salford City Council brochure.

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