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Out and about with Veronica Reynolds from Walk England, we learn about this new organisation's role in promoting walking. Rethinking Cities' Andrew Stuck interviewed Veronica for the latest episode of Talking Walking.
The interview took place in the Berkshire countryside looking down on a picturesque stretch of the river Thames. The valley is shared with the Great Western Railway, and on the day of the recording, the RAF Red Arrows Display team chose to do a fly past. These distractions aside, Veronica talked about how this part of Berkshire has been at the centre of health walking for over ten years, and how she became involved in promoting walking first to the local community and now on a national scale.
Veronica recently joined Walk England, a social entrerprise funded in part by the Big Lottery and in part by the Department of Health, and set up to channel energies to deliver and designate some 2012 Active Challenge Routes as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
Each Active Challenge Route will be one mile in length and will offer walkers the opportunity of testing their fitness by recording their pulse rate and the time it takes them to complete the route. There will be a national campaign to publicise the routes and encourage all of us to log our pulse rates and times on an on-line web portal.
Follow the links below to listen to the interview and to find out more about all the items mentioned in the interview, including Active Challenge Routes, simply download the notes, that accompany the interview.
Date added: 5 December 2009
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