UPDATE (20/4/20): The guidelines are a bit blurry, but we are now allowed to drive a SHORT distance to go for our daily exercise walk (see Police Chiefs Council latest bulletin). One nearby walk we recommend is the Dilhorne-Cheadle walk, which only means a drive of three miles from the centre of Draycott.
Walking for exercise
There are aren’t many silver linings to this crisis we’re in but one is that some of us are getting more exercise than usual by taking more walks.
On this page, we tell you of some good local walks, some ways to make them more enjoyable, how you can help the national walking charity as you do your walks, and we also invite you to design your own ‘quiz-trails’.
Keep exercising with a walk
As we all know, the government’s advice during this crisis is to take daily exercise (at least, it is at the time of writing). Their extra rule is to stay local: if you want to go outdoors, stay relatively close to home and especially don’t drive to get somewhere. In fact, the police can legally stop you if you’re driving in order to walk in major country parks.
Fortunately, in Draycott-in-the-Moors district, we have lots of public footpaths across open country, so all you need is to check the local Ordnance Survey Website , print off your selection, and head on out!
If you prefer a prepared, circular walk, why not print off three very good local ones that are well recommended. Click here to find out more.
(If any reader knows of other walks round Draycott – or even has designed one themselves – would they let us know, by emailing us?)
Just one thing to remember, sheep are lambing right now, so ewes will be aggressive if you go to close to their little ones; try to be sensitive. And, near sheep, keep dogs on a leash!
Village trail quizzes
But if you have children, it is harder to keep them happy if you are just doing the same walks every day, so why not try a ‘quiz trail’? Just pick your walk (it can be along pavements as well as footpaths), and ask a question at a spot every three minutes along. Even adults might find it fun!
We designed a Cresswell quiz-trail for a fund-raising event (which never came off, sadly), so we went up into the attic and found it. – and, if you want, please click here on Cresswell Quiz Trail, print it off and have a go at it.
If you try it and like the idea, why not design one yourselves?
If you’re happy to also email them them to us, we’ll publish them on this site.
Help our footpaths
If you are into doing some serious regular walking across our local fields, please think about using your time to help the national walking society – The Ramblers UK.
Cuts to local services mean some footpaths have not been checked for some time – so, if you can help by making notes about the state of local footpaths, that would be an amazing help.
Just note the issues you see and report them on the Ramblers issues page.
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