Working with volunteer leaders, we identified and audited 13 heath walks, producing route information for each (an example route card can be downloaded below). We then planned and delivered two programmes, one for the ‘social walker’ and one for ‘improver-walker’ groups, and implemented them over the course of six-weeks. The aim of these programmes was to encourage NHS patients, referred by GP’s to leisure centres, to take up walking for health. Evaluations were made through observation and by interviewing participants and leaders, to make recommendations for a county-wide programme.
Access & Recreation Planning
To produce our access plan for this project we undertook an audit of physical and intellectual access for a range of audiences. This included a site visit with a group representing various disabilities. We also conducted visitor and resident surveys (the latter delivered through the Durham Times and on-line through University College Student Associations), conducted workshops with community groups and consulted Cathedral staff and representatives of existing user groups (canoe club, anglers, rowing clubs, naturalists groups, the Fulling Mill Archaeology Museum and residents in the study area).
Our plan contained a co-ordinated programme of activity including physical access improvements, new interpretation, education projects (with local schools and other institutions), volunteering projects, training programmes all integrated with woodland and riverbank management plans and delivered by a partnership of landowners, agencies, education establishments, businesses, existing voluntary groups and community groups. The application was successful.
One of five documents we produced to support a successful bid to HLF for £2.5 million for the Bassenthwaite Reflections Catchment Management Programme.
Who we work with
- The National Trust
- Forestry Commission England
- Lake District National Park
- One North East
- Cumbria Tourism
- Northumberland National Park
- Natural History Museum
- Countryside Council for Wales
- Northumberland Coast