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Walsall Walk On

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Walsall Walk On

Walsall Walk On is a weekly programme of free health walks held in parks and countryside sites across the borough. Every walk is led by a trained walk leader who is assisted by a qualified back-marker, this means that the walks can be tailored to suit everybody.

Barr Beacon and other areas of green open space in the area are featured in the Pheasey health walk. Here are the details –

Day:          Thursday

Time:         2.00pm for 2.15pm start

Meet:         Collingwood Centre main entrance, Collingwood Drive, B43 7JW

Duration:  1 to 1 ½ hours approx.

Distance:  3 to 6.5km (2 to 4 miles)

Intensity:  strenuous; hilly; suitable for regular walkers

Surfaces:  hard and soft

Wear:        sturdy shoes or walking boots and be prepared for wet weather

 

Walking to better health

Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity you can do. Regular walking has many benefits, these include weight control, keeping your heart healthy and reducing stress. You don't need to join a gym or buy expensive clothing or equipment. You can do it on your own or with others anywhere, anytime.

If you have a stable medical condition that your doctor's aware of, you don’t need their permission to go walking. If you haven't done any physical activity for a while, consider getting a health check from your GP.

              How to walk to better health

  • If you're not used to walking, build up gradually.
  • Ideally, you should work towards walking for 30 minutes a day.
  • Walk at a pace that makes you warm and breathing slightly heavier than normal.
  • Don’t overdo it, you should still be able to walk and talk.
  • Alternatively, if you can't manage 30 minutes of continuous walking,

    try three 10 minute sessions spread throughout the day.

  • Try to do either 30 minutes or three 10 minute sessions on at least 5 days a week.

 

What's New

Path Upgrade

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  • What’s new

    Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund grant, we’ve been able to upgrade the path leading to and around Barr Beacon’s landmark war memorial and by removing some fencing, we’ve allowed more access to the historic Joseph Scott tree plantation. You can still see some of the old railings which have been used to create a small compound to store equipment for events and to provide a secure area for activities for schools and other groups.

Barr Beacon History

A beacon of light

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Throughout history fires have been lit on hills to send messages, warn of danger and commemorate significant events. Barr Beacon's fires have been lit to warn of the attack of the Spanish Armada, to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden and diamond jubilees, when hilltops all over the country were ablaze.
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