Efforts to get people walking leads to national award nomination

Thursday, 12 September 2019

A Suffolk organisation’s efforts to get people out walking have been shortlisted for a national award.

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership has created a book of 22 walks around Suffolk – covering more than 160 miles - which has seen them nominated for an ‘Influencing Positive Change’ Award at this year’s Community Rail Awards.

The Partnership also hosts guided walks every month, most of which start and finish at the train station, so that people from far and wide can come and enjoy them.

They have just printed a further 5,000 copies of their East Suffolk Walks booklet which is free and available from most public buildings in Suffolk such as tourist information centres and libraries or online at http://www.eastsuffolkline.com/walks. 

The booklet contains detailed maps and diagrams, duration of each walk, landmarks, details of the scenery along the way and places to stop for refreshments. All the walks are way-marked with the East Suffolk Line Walks logo.

Chairman of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, Aaron Taffera, said, “Studies have shown that walking is great for your health and the beautiful scenery of our part of Suffolk is positively good for the soul, so we encourage everyone to come and try one of our walks and see how good you feel!”

“We’ve put a lot of effort into mapping the walks, producing an easy to follow booklet and putting up way markers, as well as linking walks in with train stations where possible, so that people can reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.”

The winner of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in Telford on 3 October.