There is a chance to discover the health benefits of walking in friendly company in Tavistock with the return of free weekly wellbeing walks, setting off every Tuesday morning.

Led by trained local volunteer walk leaders, the gentle walks leave 10.30am every Tuesday from Tavistock Wharf and are completely free.

They have just restarted after being put on hold for two years by the coronavirus pandemic.

They are intended to be manageable in length – from 30 to 90 minutes – and over easy ground.

Organiser Lisa Alford from Active Devon, part of the national network of Ramblers Wellbeing Walks, said: ‘We know that changes in our daily routines throughout the pandemic, and restrictions on what we were able to do during lockdown meant that we all looked for new ways to keep ourselves healthy.

‘It has long been known that walking and getting some fresh air is great for mental and physical health so the reintroduction of these Tavistock walks after two years is fabulous news for the community and now we can engage with our family and friends, a great way to meet new people too.’

Walk leader Terry Bolt commented: ‘I love volunteering to be a walk leader. Walking is something that most people can do and our Tuesday walks are inclusive for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It is free and you can meet some amazing people. With no phone distractions, I love chatting away and finding out about something new – and I don’t even realise how many steps I’ve done until the end! I can’t wait for them to start again.’

Lisa added: ‘If you are new to walking but want to have a go, here are some top tips to get you started. Wear some comfortable walking shoes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy.

‘Wear layers as you may start off a little cold when you first get outside, but we all know that Devon can be raining one minute and sunny the next! Keep your eyes and ears open as you walk – you will see and hear some amazing birdsong, breath in the outdoors – all of which is impossible to do from a car. Boost your mood and join a wellbeing walk today!’ Contact Lisa Alford at [email protected] to find out more or just turn up on the day.