Join Kilkenny’s walking festival

With a stretch in the evenings, what better time to join the guided City Walk every Monday evening at 7pm for the month of April as part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival.

With a stretch in the evenings, what better time to join the guided City Walk every Monday evening at 7pm for the month of April as part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival.

Here’s a great chance to get going to improve your fitness, get a bit of fresh air in a relaxed easy- going group. Every Monday at 7pm there will be a guided walk of about an hour and a half in the City; Each week will feature a different walk and it starts with the Canal Walk; meeting at Canal Square next Monday 2nd April at 7pm.

Each week you’ll be introduced to a walk - The Canal Walk, Nore Linear Park, Ring Road, Lacken Walk and the River Nore Loop. Caitriona Corr of Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership said ‘a lot of people probably walk the same loop regularly and might like to introduce a bit of variety to their walks but are unsure of the best routes to follow. Over the course of the Kilkenny Walking Festival we will lead five walks and then once you’ve done them with the group, we hope people will continue to enjoy them and introduce them into their walking routine’.

The positive benefits of introducing regular walking into your life are well documented and widely known. In fact the popularity of walking in recent times has grown exponentially. The success of the Operation Transformation Walk recently in Castlecomer Discovery Park, where literally hundreds turned out to join the walk is just one example of walking’s phenomenal appeal. Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnerships run several initiatives locally to promote fitness in the community including Fit for Life programme and encourage the people of Kilkenny to get out and about under Get Ireland Walking scheme.

Walkers participating in this series will also get great tips from the walk leaders along the way on how to get the most out of their walking. Things like posture can make quite a difference to how the body benefits. Adding a few extra features to your walk, like occasional lunges or short bursts of sprinting, can really result in you getting a lot more out of your walk from a fitness perspective.

Apart from the fitness benefits, walking is good for your general well-being in so many ways and there’s a social aspect to this too – it’s no harm to take time out at the end of a busy day, give some time to yourself to stride out and clear the head in good company. And its habit forming too…once you start walking regularly even for a short time – you really would miss it if for some reason you couldn’t get out.

And it’s free!!! The City Walk series is free but the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership are asking people to book their place by calling 056 7720870. And their advice is to book as soon as possible because this is proving to be very popular event.

For this and full details of the full range of programme events during Kilkenny Walking festival and how to book visit www.kilkennywalkingfestival.ie