Hearty Walks programme offers scenic route to a fitter 2016

Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough steps out in support of the Hearty Walks programme
Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough steps out in support of the Hearty Walks programme

The great outdoors are calling this New Year – and Mid and East Antrim Borough has plenty to offer those keen to walk off the festive excesses and get fitter.

Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough is already setting an example and has encouraged participation in the council’s ‘Hearty Walks’ programme, the latest of which takes place in mid-January.

Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough

“There’s really no excuse not to get outdoors and enjoy the unique scenery of Mid and East Antrim Borough. I urge everyone to try some of these attractions in the coming weeks.”

“There’s a walk at Blackhead Path, Whitehead, on Sunday 10 January, starting at 2.30pm and taking around an hour,” Cllr Ashe said, adding that it will be assisted by a trained leader, while participants can enjoy magnificent views along the coast such as that of Blackhead lighthouse, high on the cliff.

“There’s really no excuse not to get outdoors and enjoy the unique scenery of Mid and East Antrim Borough. I urge everyone to try some of these attractions in the coming weeks,” he concluded.

Hearty Lives Carrickfergus is a £230,000 project which aims to reduce the high levels of cardiovascular disease in mothers and young children and is undertaken in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency.

Ann Doherty, Hearty Lives Co-Ordinator, said: “Walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health – helping you to look and feel great. You can keep your heart healthy and happy by walking your way to fitness. Whatever your age, size or physical condition, you are likely to benefit from being more active.”

Two further events in the Hearty Walks series are scheduled. These are on Sunday 24 January, Bashfordsland Wood, Carrickfergus, 10.30am-11.30am, meeting at Oakfield Community Centre, Oakfield Drive and on Sunday 14 February, Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus, 2.30pm-3.30pm, meeting at the Clock Tower, Marine Gardens, Marine Highway.

For more information on the Hearty Walks programme, telephone: 028 9335 8231.