A UNIQUE opportunity to enjoy some gentle exercise and meet new friends is being offered to Halton residents.

Free Nordic walking sessions are taking place across Runcorn and Widnes.

Elizabeth Kerley, the programme’s Nordic instructor, said: “It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels, simple to learn and really sociable”.

“Specially designed poles will also help to reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement is great for easing back and neck pain too.”

The event takes place at Victoria Park and Pickering’s Pasture in Widnes and at Runcorn Hill in Runcorn There are two different levels of courses available for people with differing levels of mobility: The Nordic wellbeing walks are a more gentle group for those who may have concerns about walking a long distance or at a fast pace. These sessions are designed to build up confidence and health.

They start at Victoria Park, Widnes on Monday, February 24, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, and at Runcorn Hill on Friday, February 28, from 11am to 12 noon.

The learn to Nordic walk sessions are suitable for people of all ages and abilities. These sessions run at Pickering’s Pasture, Halebank, Widnes, on Tuesday, February 25, from 3pm to 4pm, and at Runcorn Hill on Friday, February 28 from9.30am to 10.30am.

The Nordic Walking course is just one of a number of free activities and events provided by Wellbeing Enterprises CIC in Halton through the Community Wellbeing Practice initiative in conjunction with GP Practices across the borough.

For a full programme of activities, visit wellbeingenterprises.org.uk.

For more information about Nordic Walking or to book a free place, contact the Wellbeing Enterprises team on 01928 589799 or visit wellbeingenterprises.org.uk. Alternatively, contact Nordic walking instructor, Elizabeth Kerley on 078 030 373 32.