A WALKING club has celebrated five years of keeping the people of Hemsworth fit.
The NHS funded Hemsworth Walking Club was set up to give overweight people a form of light and enjoyable exercise.
But it has also become a popular way for the older generations to keep fit.
And with its fifth anniversary this week it now walks with more than 20 people of all ages.
Walk Leader Warren Miller, 69, from Hemsworth, said: “It’s been really successful, we started off with about half a dozen walks and we’ve built it up to 24 now.
“I go out and test all the routes myself first to make sure they’re safe.
“We have people aged from about 30 up to over 80. But we’re trying to get younger people along. We don’t have a pace, it’s not a race, everyone can go along as fast or slow as they like - we can end up with the front and the back half a mile apart but that doesn’t matter.
“We’re trying to get over to people that it’s for enjoyment, but it’s also good exercise that can help people to lose some weight.”
The group will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a picnic party at Mr Miller’s house - and of course with another walk.
They meet at The Precinct Cafe and Restaurant, on Bank Street, Hemsworth, every Monday except for bank holidays at 10am.
The group is free and open to people of all ages, including children, and people are also welcome to bring their dogs.For more information contact Mr Miller on 01977 610058.