Reader Esther Allen has been in touch to let me know about a wonderful thing she’s starting tomorrow, a new buggy strolling group at Chasewater that takes place every Monday from tomorrow, 14th April 2014. The walk is free to join, and will meet at 9:30am to set off at 9:45am, meeting at the Innovation Centre.
I think this will be of interest to many local mums and dads – parenting can be a lonely old business sometimes, so this looks like a fine chance to get out and explore Chasewater with a group of like minded folk.
I’ll let Esther tell you all about it:
I wondered if you would be able to let people know about this for me please? I am running it with the go ahead of the team at Chasewater.
Launching 14th April.
Do you like the outdoors? Do you want to get active with a little one in tow? Would you like to meet other local parents and grandparents?
Chasewater Strollers is a buggy walking group for anyone with a little one to exercise in the fresh air at the lovely Chasewater Country Park Reservoir. Moms, dads, grandparents, carers, childminders; everyone is welcome. All you need is a small child, a pushchair/stroller/pram and some comfortable footwear.
We are a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. For Moms -come along and work off the post-baby weight and exercise without having to find childcare for your little one. Walking with a baby/toddler is great for them and you and exercising outdoors is great for your physical and mental health. Meet other likeminded parents and grandparents, make new friends and have a good chat along the route.
We will walk about 3 miles which takes just under one hour at a medium pace. We will walk in all weathers so bring appropriate footwear, coats, hats, sunscreen etc! The route we take is flat and the paths are mostly tarmac and hard surfaces. Occasionally a very small area of the path can get a bit muddy in winter so don’t bring a treasured pram that you would mind getting a little dirty! (You don’t need a fancy special off-road all terrain buggy.)
The walk is free. Currently it is led voluntarily by myself and I don’t have any walking/fitness qualifications. So you come on the walk at your own risk! Although I am being trained with Walking for Health very soon.
All the info you need:
Chasewater Strollers meet on Monday mornings. We meet from 9:30 and set off walking promptly at 9:45am. You can park for free in Chasewater car park and we meet in the Innovation Centre on the South Shore off the A5. The Innovation Centre is next to the car park and acts as the Visitor Centre and Café. If you are coming from Burntwood and don’t want to drive round to the A5 entrance you can park off the Burntwood bypass and walk over the dam which takes just 5 minutes.
There are baby change and toilet facilities at the Innovation Centre. There is also a café that provide us with discounted coffee and cakes after the walk!
Don’t forget to bring:
• Appropriate footwear
• Waterproof coats if the weather looks iffy
• Raincover for the pushchair
• A drink
• Your baby!
Chasewater Country Park is signposted from the A5 near Cannock and Brownhills, just south of the junction with the A452 (Chester Road). The postcode for satnavs is WS8 7NL.
Any questions please send us an email or facebook message. Otherwise just turn up and you will be made very welcome!