Walk­ing group grow­ing


Don Quirk is pleased a Whitby walk­ing group he started in 2015 has con­tin­ued to help the com­mu­nity get out and about.

The Sun­day walk­ing group started with just a few walk­ers, but has grown to 20 mem­bers, with be­tween eight and 15 turn­ing up each week.

It was not only the walk­ing that ap­pealed, but the friend­ships that re­sulted, Quirk said.

‘‘Many stay af­ter the walks and hap­pily chat over a cof­fee,’’ he said.

The walk­ing group has ex­tended over the past year, with ev­ery sec­ond week show­cas­ing a new route.

The routes are out­side Whitby, but no more than 15 min­utes away via car.

He said that en­sured the walks had va­ri­ety as well as not tak­ing up too much of Sun­day’s valu­able fam­ily time.

Quirk said though some mem­bers chose to walk the or­gan­ised walk­ways, oth­ers could walk the more sim­ple routes.

‘‘Most walks are or­gan­ised for an hour’s du­ra­tion, 30 min­utes in and 30 min­utes back. [There is] no prob­lem if mem­bers wish to con­tinue over the hour.’’ The next walk will be on April 10 around En­deav­our Park. Those in­ter­ested in join­ing the walk­ing group should meet at the Whitby shops at 9am. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 04 234 7700 or 027 2606306.

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