May is National Walking Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and start moving!
By swapping a short drive in your car for a short walk, you can help reduce air pollution, congestion and road safety issues – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process.
Here are some ideas of how you, your colleagues and your family can take part in Walk This May:
Join the ParkLife Walking Club
We are in the process of launching a new walking club! Our first walk will be held on Thursday 12th May at 12.30pm. We’ll be offering a free Café Nero drink to everyone who comes along. Bring your colleagues and we’ll see you outside Café Nero at half past 12!
Walk & Talk
Have you thought about hosting a walking meeting? Rather than sitting and talking, why not get out for a short walk with your colleagues to discuss that all important project? This gives you chance to get some fresh air and get your step count up!
Here are some tips for a successful walking meeting:
- Each meeting could have a different route.
- Try and explore the local area while discussion work, you could even try out one of our walking routes.
- The newly opened Central Park can provide a quite place to sit and chat with colleagues.
- Just a 20-minute walking meeting can get you your daily intake of moderate exercise.
Walk to School Week
This year Walk to School Week is 16th to 20th May.
Why not try walking or scooting the school run for a week? You’ll become more active and save yourself fuel money in the process.
Host a Competition
Challenge your friends or colleagues to a walking challenge and see who can walk the most, the furthest, the quickest, or can raise the most money.
Do the #try20 challenge and aim to walk 20 minutes every day for the whole month – ask your friends and colleagues to sponsor you if you’d like to raise money for a local charity!
10,000 Step Challenge
Challenge yourself to walk 10,000 steps everyday – you can use the Active 10 app to track your progress.
Become a Walk Friendly Organisation
Love Exploring puts the power of discovery in your hands by providing a range of discovery games and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use. There are over 20 interactive walking trails and augmented reality games to explore, including the Street Art Trail in Leeds city centre and the relaxing Mindfulness Trail in Roundhay Park.
Book a Free Lunchtime Walk in Leeds City Centre
To celebrate National Walking Month, Leeds City Council are partnering with Leeds City Walking Tours to offer an exciting programme of free walking tours throughout May.
The lunchtime walking tours are a chance to explore the city, learn about the history of Leeds and get some fresh air. Book your ticket now!
- Thursday 5 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Public art through the ages.
A whistle-stop tour of public art in Leeds city centre. Click here to book your ticket.
- Wednesday 11 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: A small constellation of Victorian architectural stars. Learn about some of the major 19th century architects of Leeds and their legacy. Click here to book your ticket.
- Wednesday 18 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Terracotta taster. Explore the decorative and practical uses of ceramics in Leeds buildings. Click here to book your ticket.
- Thursday 26 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Making city streets better for people. This tour will take you on a short journey through the history of our changing streets and point out some of the most recent investments. Click here to book your ticket.