Castle, cheese & walking routes
Everyone knows Caerphilly Castle and the town’s own crumbly cheese. But now, Caerphilly is looking to add healthy citizens to its hall of fame.
Local residents have strapped on their walking boots as part of a new scheme to promote the health benefits of walking. Following pre-set routes, participants enjoy a burst of fresh air and take in some of the famous local scenery.
The Stroll On (Around Caerphilly) initiative was formed as part of a wider programme to encourage more adults to put one foot in front of the other. The scheme was the result of a Sports Council partnership with the County Borough Council and other bodies including the British Heart Foundation and the Countryside Council for Wales.
Experienced walkers were encouraged to follow the set routes, along with beginners who had previously only attended led or supervised walks. Stroll On packs were circulated, including maps of calorie-counted walking routes ranging from two to five miles. Details also included difficulty ratings, pushchair suitability and indicators showing the strength of mobile phone signals.
Since the town first took to its feet, the word has begun to spread. Consequently, the most popular Stroll On walks have been adopted by other local initiatives. The GP Referral Scheme and the Fit 4 Fun childhood obesity project have taken up the challenge. And many local residents are enjoying better health, from Cardiac Rehabilitation patients to members of the Healthy Living Centre.