Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise? It’s easier than you think to fit into your day!

“Active 10” is an app which aims to encourage people to take brisk walks of at least 10 minutes every day. A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Click here for more information on the app.

Kent Sport has developed 10 walking routes that can be enjoyed from the centre of Kent and Medway’s largest towns. Each route consists of at least one “Active 10”, and – because each one starts from a town centre – is designed to fit around your daily life: work, shopping or meeting up with friends.

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Ashford Great Stour loop

Total length: 1.4 miles
No. Active 10s: 2-3

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Ashford has a bustling town centre with pedestrianised lanes and a wealth of shops and leisure facilities. However, you don’t have to go far to enjoy some green space, with Victoria Park just a short distance from the town centre and the Great Stour river weaving its way through the town.

This Active 10 walking route is 1.4 miles long in its entirety, consisting of between two and three complete Active 10s if you walk the whole route. However, feel free to walk as little or as much of the route as you feel able to.

From the High Street, head to Wellesley Road and cross over to head down East Hill. Continue along East Hill and then turn right onto Mace Lane, crossing over at the pedestrian crossing and joining the footpath alongside the Great Stour, following the blue pedestrian sign for Kennington. Follow the path up to the footbridge on your left-hand side, at which point double-back, or turn left to loop around and re-join the path further down, to head back to your starting point.

Why not give this Active 10 walking route a try next time you’re in Ashford town centre? Whether it’s during your lunchbreak from work, or taking a break from a shopping trip, this Active 10 walking route is sure to help you move towards a healthier lifestyle.

Active 10 is part of the One You campaign, helping people move towards healthier lifestyles. In Kent, there is the One You Kent campaign. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/oneyou for more information on the campaign. To download the Active 10 app for iOS or Android, visit www.nhs.uk/active10 or search for “Active 10” in the App Store or Google Play.