Where to Start... Series

As part of this series of videos, Northamptonshire Sport explore Walking, Running, & Open Water Swimming in Northamptonshire and all the information you need to know about getting started.

Where to Start Walking

Northamptonshire Walks, founded by Dave Askew in 2013, is a walking blog showcasing hundreds of walks across the county. It is not only an extensive resource of walking routes for you to try varying from 20 minutes upwards across beautiful Northamptonshire, it also has a fantastic network of positive and supportive walkers sharing their experiences through the groups social media page. Take a look at the walks through www.northamptonshirewalks.co.uk or follow them on facebook @NorthamptonshireWalks.

In this interview below, we catch up with Dave Askew and find out more about his inspiring journey to better overall health through walking in Northamptonshire.

You can take part in free short walks with the Ramblers Health Walks near to where you live, which will help you get active and stay active at a pace that works for you. It's a great way to stretch your legs, explore what's on your doorstep, and make new friends.

Use the Ramblers Walkfinder to locate a walk near you.

Or search for Health Walks by District

Where to Start Running

Jog Northants is a countywide programme aimed at helping beginners start jogging. We are proud to offer many jogging groups throughout Northamptonshire to help those who are new to running, or have not exercised in a long time.

All the groups start with a mixture of walking and jogging and are a great way to get fit without having to spend a lot of money. All the groups are led by qualified and insured leaders who organise the route, meeting place and offer help and guidance to help you achieve your goals.

In this interview below, we talk to Jog Leader & Corby Parkrun Run Director, Matt Robey who talks about his experiences of first joining a jogging group and his journey into volunteering and helping others to keep active.

You can find out where your nearest jogging group is by following the Jog Northants link and adding your postcode into the jogging group finder.

There are a number of weekly parkrun events across the county which include (click for links to the website):

There are also 5 junior weekly parkrun events across the county (click for links to the website):

Where to Start Open Water Swimming

Ever thought about giving Open Water Swimming a go but not sure where to start?

We interviewed Heather Watts in the video below to discuss her steps into Open Water Swimming, things you need to know, what equipment you need as a beginner, and where you can go in Northamptonshire.

Everyone has to start somewhere and this might just give you the advice you need.

There are two Open Water Swimming venues in Northamptonshire at Daventry Country Park & Sywell Country Park. Click on the links below to find available times, how to book, and more information on what you'll need to bring with you.

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