Getting outside to help your wellbeing

As the cost of living increases, many people are facing financial hardship which takes its toll on our physical and mental wellbeing.

There are lots of free activities taking place across Kirklees and anyone can join in. From guide-led walks, cycling groups or joining a gardening club. Whatever the weather this summer – a raincoat or a sun cream kind of day (or even both) – being outdoors can do wonders for our wellbeing and help clear our minds.

Wellbeing Walks for everyone

Join the Wellness Service walking leaders every Wednesday and Thursday. Starting at Greenhead Park, Batley Wilton Park, Dewsbury Crow Nest Park and Slaithwaite Library, the walks are suitable for all abilities and take between 30 minutes to an hour.  Routes are generally flat, and you can go at your own pace. A great way to meet new people, enjoy the spring air and feel good.

When: Every Wednesday and Thursday

More information: www.kirkleeswellnessservice.co.uk

Get into gear with the Spen Valley Cycling Club

The Spen Valley Cycling Group, established 6 years ago, is perfect for beginners and more confident cyclists. The routes are pre-planned along the Greenway and lead by experienced instructors. If you fancy a spin but don’t have a bike, don’t worry, they have bikes and helmets for you to use, free of charge. 

When: Every Monday (excluding Bank holidays), 12 pm

Where: Spenborough Running Track.

Grow your own marrows and marigolds

The popularity of growing your own fruit and vegetables has blossomed significantly over the past few years. If it’s blooms in window boxes, strawberries in your hanging baskets, beets in the garden borders or a spare plot in the garden – they’re all perfect for growing your own. Not sure where to start? Join a local gardening club or society.  

There are lots of free clubs around Kirklees and they’re ready to welcome new members and share their tips, tricks and even produce. Start now and you could still be in with a chance of entering the local fate “biggest marrow” competition (but we can’t make any promises!)