Making group walks more accessible for the masses

Move the Masses are piloting a new group walking project in Acomb, specifically for people who find the pace or distance of other walking groups, just a little too much.

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Three walking routes of around a mile each have been planned, all starting from the library on Front Street.

The routes take people into quiet woodland, to lesser-known view spots, past 15th century buildings and through peaceful churchyards.

Each walk will be very gentle, accessible to most people, with a focus on giving the participant an opportunity to socialise.

There will be plenty of moments to sit, chat and simply to enjoy the fresh air. 

The project arose following feedback from several of our volunteer Move Mates (walking buddies), who thought that the person they walked with one-to-one could, and would, walk more if they met other people of a similar fitness level in their local neighbourhood.

I was walking with two women who lived a few streets apart. They'd both reached their initial walking goals and really didn't need me anymore, but the social aspect was so important to them. I thought it would be great if I could introduce them to walk together and keep each other company.

Acomb, and York in general, have so many lovely green spaces that people just don't know about. Our aim is to inspire York residents to discover these hidden gems.

As well as the physical group walks, the three routes will be available to be downloaded from our website and printed leaflets will be available from Acomb library and other local businesses.

We are starting the group walks in September, and all the information will be available on our website.

If the project proves to be a success, we'll be rolling out group walks in other areas of the city in 2021.