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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 part of the One You Kent programme, and encourages people to take brisk 10-minute walks every day. Brisk walking is a great way to start building up to a more active lifestyle, and with Active 10 you can track your progress with a free app.
Brisk walking is simply walking quicker than usual at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Every minute of activity counts, but aim for at least 10 minutes a day. The Active 10 app is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time.
You could walk part of your journey home, pop to the shops on foot, or just get some fresh air. No gym memberships and no brightly coloured Lycra needed!
Active 10 Walking Routes in Kent & Medway
In support of One You Kent, Everyday Active have developed 10 walking routes (listed below) 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. Each route also takes in some green space or parkland as part of its route, as studies have proven that spending time in green space is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well.
So take a look below for an Active 10 walking route near you. Why not try one next time you pop into town?
Active 10 Walking Routes – Ashford
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.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Canterbury
Canterbury city centre is full of history, with its narrow cobbled lanes and beautiful architecture. A stroll around the city centre can take in an array of interesting sites.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Chatham
Chatham is a vibrant Medway town, and is one of Kent and Medway’s most densely populated areas. There are plenty of green spaces dotted around the town and the surrounding Medway area to be explored.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Dartford
Dartford has a busy, vibrant town centre. Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the centre, Central Park provides a calm getaway, a well-presented and maintained park.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Dover
Dover is a bustling port town with plenty of history and the advantage of superb walking routes nearby along the famous White Cliffs.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Folkestone
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 a walk.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Gillingham
Gillingham is a busy and bustling Medway town, and is the second most populous town in Kent after Maidstone. There are plenty of green spaces dotted around the town and the surrounding Medway area, including Great Lines Heritage Park.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Maidstone
Maidstone has the benefit of having the beautiful River Medway right in its town centre, and it is there where this Active 10 walking route leads us.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Margate
Margate is a vibrant seaside town, with its sandy beaches and numerous attractions. The seafront provides plenty of opportunities for relaxing walks, with its promenade, gardens and stunning views
Active 10 Walking Routes – Rochester
Historic Rochester lies on the banks of the River Medway and boasts a castle and cathedral, as well as a charming town centre with plenty of characterful buildings and independent shops.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells is a charming and historic town with plenty of beautiful attractions. Just a few minutes from the town centre the common provides the peace and quiet of extensive green space and woodland.
Active 10 Walking Routes – Tonbridge
Tonbridge is a town full of history and character, with its castle and river setting. This Active 10 walking route takes advantage of these beautiful features.