Celebrate National Walking Month at The Pantiles

28th May 2024

It’s time to lace up your walking shoes and celebrate National Walking Month! This annual event, promoted by Kent County Council (KCC), is a fantastic opportunity to embrace walking as a way to boost your fitness and overall wellbeing.

The Perfect Destination for National Walking Month

The Pantiles, with its rich history and vibrant atmosphere, is a perfect destination to explore during National Walking Month. In the heart of Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles offers a unique blend of stunning Georgian architecture, charming shops and tasty eateries. As you stroll through the colonnaded walkways, you can be transported back in time, enjoying the same views that have captivated visitors for centuries.

One of the highlights of walking in The Pantiles is the variety it offers. From our bustling fortnightly markets to the serene beauty of the Commons, there is something for everyone. Walking here not only allows you to soak in the historical ambiance but also provides an opportunity to discover hidden gems, such as cafes, galleries and boutiques. The Pantiles’ picturesque setting makes it an ideal spot for leisurely walks, whether you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful morning, or a vibrant afternoon filled with cultural activities.

Wellbeing and Community

Walking through The Pantiles during National Walking Month also presents a fantastic way to connect with the local community. We host various events, including live music, food festivals, and antique fairs, providing ample opportunities to engage with fellow walkers and enjoy communal activities. The sense of community, and participating in these events while walking, not only boosts physical health but also enhances social wellbeing.

Moreover, The Pantiles serves as a gateway to several beautiful walking trails that extend into the scenic Kent countryside. Whether you’re in the mood for a short, relaxing walk or a more challenging hike, you’ll find routes that cater to all levels of fitness and experience. The combination of historical charm, community spirit, and access to nature makes The Pantiles a great place to celebrate National Walking Month.

Why Walk?

Walking is one of the simplest and most effective ways to enhance your physical and mental health. According to Dr. Anjan Ghosh, KCC Director of Public Health, a daily 20-minute walk can significantly reduce the risk of various illnesses, including some cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, walking doesn’t require special equipment or gym memberships, making it an accessible activity for everyone.

Join a Walking Group

One of the best ways to stay motivated and enjoy your walks is by joining a walking group. In East Kent, the One You Kent service, run by the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), offers free “Walk and Talks.” These groups provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends while improving your health. Participating in these walks can help you stay active, save money on fuel and reduce traffic congestion.

Become a Volunteer Walk Leader

If you’re passionate about walking and have some spare time, consider becoming a volunteer walk leader. This role involves guiding small groups and encouraging people of all ages and fitness levels to stay active. It’s a rewarding way to contribute to your community and help others improve their health.

To apply as a walk leader in East Kent, you can email kentchft.walkandtalk@nhs.net or call 07539 243412. For opportunities in West Kent, contact the relevant local council:

Explore Walking Resources

Kent is a beautiful county with an abundance of walking routes suitable for all ages and abilities. The Kent Connected app provides free Explore Kent guides and Ordnance Survey map data to help you navigate these paths. Additionally, One You Kent offers various walking groups that make it easy to get moving and enjoy the great outdoors.

If you’re looking for organised walks or more information on how to get started, the Explore Kent website is a fantastic resource. They even offer a Couch to Walking 5k program for those new to walking.

Get Involved

National Walking Month isn’t just for adults. Explore Kent’s Junior Walking Challenge is a great way to get children involved. By participating in these sorts of initiatives, you can help foster healthy habits in the next generation.

To join in the fun, consider registering for Active Kent & Medway’s ‘Travel Your Way’ Challenge. Set a personal goal, track your progress, and see how many steps you can take in May. Whether you’re a seasoned walker or just getting started, there’s a place for everyone in this celebration.