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.
Folkestone town centre to Lower Leas Coastal Park
Total length: 1.5 miles
No. Active 10s: 2-3
Folkestone is a lovely seaside town, with its beaches and harbour, and town centre with pedestrianised shopping streets. The seafront provides plenty of opportunities for gentle walk, with the sea breeze and stunning views providing a calming atmosphere to be enjoyed. Lower Leas park, hugging the coastline, offers a beautiful spot just moments from the city centre in which to walk, relax and enjoy some green space.
This Active 10 walking route is 1.5 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 West Terrace, head towards the seafront and turn right onto The Leas, joining the footpath on the left-hand side, overlooking the seafront. Continue to follow the path, past Clifton Crescent, and entering into Lower Leas Coastal Park. Head downhill through the park, and join Lower Sandgate Road, turning left to head back in the direction you came from. Head back up the hill to join The Leas and return to the starting point of the walk.
Why not give this Active 10 walking route a try next time you’re in Folkestone 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.