As restrictions are lifted we can begin to find more opportunities to be active outdoors.
Physical activity is highly important for both our mental and physical wellbeing. As restrictions are lifted and we have more opportunities to get outdoors and be active by ourselves or with other people we wanted to share some advice and information that will help.
Please always follow government guidelines on social distancing at all times.
Walking is ideal for all ages and abilities. It will help you improve your general health and wellbeing, introduce you to new friends and help you discover new areas to walk on your doorstep.
Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise like walking can benefit your health and you can progress from short gentle strolls on flat ground to brisk country walks with stiles and hills. You do not need any expensive equipment to take part in the walks, just sturdy footwear and appropriate dress for the British weather!
Health benefits to be gained from walking include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced risk of coronary heart disease, strokes and Type 2 diabetes
- Reduced risk of certain cancers, improved flexibility and strength of muscles, joints and bones
- Improved mental health and reduced risk of depression, anxiety and stress
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not currently running any led walks but don’t let that stop you getting out and about and exploring your local area.
Witton Park Cycle Centre
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Cycle Centre is currently closed. We hope to be back open for you soon, providing bike hire, led rides and cycling lessons but in the meantime why not check out some of the videos the re:fresh team have put together.
If you have your own bike it’s the perfect time to dig it out – you can cycle to work or for fun with the family. We’ve got advice for before you set off and even how you can get your toddlers out on their first ride.
How to fit a helmet correctly
The M Check
What to wear when cycling
How to teach your child to ride a balance bike
Balance bike basics
East Lancashire CONNECT Cycling App
Cycling is a great way to get around – whether you are an experienced cyclist or just looking for a gentle ride out, you’ll find something for everyone in the Blackburn with Darwen area.
If you are looking for some cycling inspiration why not download the East Lancashire Cycling App from our partners at CONNECT.
East Lancashire is very well served with lovely cycle routes ranging from ideal utility and commuting rides through to those that explore the open spaces and beautiful countryside of the area.
The Connect East Lancashire Cycling App details over 30 of these cycle routes, categorised into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, plus gives a lot of other relevant information on cycling services and support available in the area.
For each route there is an interactive map and navigation text (with voice option) making it easy for you to follow on the ground.
New routes are being added on a regular basis. Click here for more information.
Weavers Wheel has been funded trough the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership delivering a strategic cycle network for Blackburn with Darwen, part of the wider East Lancashire Strategic Cycle network.
Weavers Wheel is a 26km route encircling Blackburn Town Centre and is the inspiration of local residents Kev and Vicky Riddehough and is based on the successful Preston Guild Wheel, which now attracts nearly 100,000 cyclists a year.
As well as the main wheel there are spurs radiating out to key employment locations such as Samlesbury Enterprise Zone and Whitebirk as well as spokes into Blackburn Town Centre providing direct access to local employment, education, retail and leisure opportunities for cyclists and walkers.
Local artwork can now be found around the Weavers Wheel that has been locally inspired by schools, community groups and organisations. We encourage all of you to get out on your bikes and ride all or parts of the Weavers Wheel.
WEAVERS WHEEL BOOKLET:A booklet of a variety of rides for all abilities can be downloaded here Weavers Wheel Booklet
An overview of the Weavers Wheel can be viewed here Weavers Wheel & Development Sites Map
For personalised support, information, motivation or guidance to look after your emotional and physical health call The Wellbeing Service on 01254 682037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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