Richmond has launched a programme of walks that will take place during the winter in an attempt to encourage people to get out and about so that they can enjoy the beauty of winter in Richmond.

Richmond Health Walks are one of a range of free healthy lifestyles services on offer for local residents as part the Richmond Lifestyles Service, commissioned by the Richmond Council.

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing, said: “Being physically active is proven to be good for physical and mental health.

"Simply going for a daily walk is good for you and having a group to go with can help to reduce issues like social isolation.

"We want more people to enjoy a longer life in good health.

"The Healthy Walks programme is a great way to stay healthy and meet people. There are walks all over the borough so you can find a local one or join in others.”

Seven weekly walks are supported by a team of friendly, specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.

So far more than 180 residents have taken part in the walks.

Each walk is short, over easy terrain and open to everyone - especially those who are least active.

Many walkers start walking to improve their health but find it easy to keep coming back because of all the new friends they’ve made. As well as all the physical health benefits, Walking for Health is also great for your social life!