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Walk your way to health and happiness

Tees Valley is full of paths we can use to explore our countryside. May is National Walking Month and, with the warmer weather, it's a great time to think about getting out to enjoy our towns and countryside on foot.

Walking is wonderful

According to medical research, regular walking lowers bood pressure, reduces cholesterol, enhances mental wellbeing and helps prevent osteoporosis. People who walk regularly also tend to be happier, laugh more and have reduced stress levels.

Did you know that in addition to encouraging people to use walking to travel we also have a number of walking routes across Tees Valley local authorities (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees) on our site.

We are in the process of adding four of eight new circular routes along the Teesdale Way in Darlington this month, inlcuding:

The rest will follow through the year. For more details on walking groups, local routes and maps visit the walk section of our website under ways to travel.

Using Public Rights of Way

Walking is free and good for you and with miles and miles of public rights of way across Tees Valley there are plenty of places to explore.

They offer links between town and country and create walks including the England Coastal Path walk in Harltepool or the Teesdale Way riverside walk in Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar.

We caught up with Steve Petch, Public Rights of Way Officer at Darlington Borough Council to find out more about his role, public rights of way and their importance.

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