Supported by the Active Travel Fund, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) have partnered with health and wellness company Go Jauntly, to deliver a series of new walks in Nottingham.
Go Jauntly is a free walking app designed to help people wander outside of their normal surroundings and reconnect with nature. Residents and visitors will be able to try more than ten miles of walking routes across Nottingham. The app provides a range of short walks from a gentle 30-minute walk around Broxtowe Country Park to a Canalside walk to Stonebridge City Farm. The Nottingham routes have been planned with accessibility in mind with easy-to-follow directions which avoid steps and steep inclines in addition to being buggy accessible.
As well as discovering existing routes, users can create their own, add their own photos and share their creations with others. The app, which includes tips on nearby points of interest, places to eat and public toilets, is available to download for free on the App store or Google Play.
The walks on Go Jauntly form part of the wider Travel Well programme. The programme aims to help support people to walk and cycle more for a healthier life. Travel Well is led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Nottingham Place-based Partnership, Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service and Nottingham City GP Alliance as part of a national trial. Using Government funding, the trial will see social prescriptions, including walking and cycling, offered by GPs as part of a plan to improve mental and physical health and reduce health inequalities. Activities will take place around Aspley, Beechdale, Bilborough, Bulwell, Sneinton, St Ann’s and Strelley.
Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Planning, Councillor Angela Kandola, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Go Jauntly, Local Access Forum and Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service to offer new ways for people to get outside and increase their activity. These walking routes are a great way to discover hidden parts of the city and improve physical and mental health while leaving the car at home.”
Active Travel Social Prescribing Community Development Coordinators at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service, Kate Lisle and Laura Armitage said: “We are really excited about launching the Travel Well walks on Go Jauntly! We’ve loved helping to create the walks, it’s given us chance to explore more of the city and find some hidden gems that we are really excited to share. The Go Jauntly app is user-friendly, it provides clear instructions with photographs and a map, so it’s very easy to see which way to go. Over the coming months we will be working with local community groups to enable them to upload their own walks on Go Jauntly. We really want people to share walks in the places that matter to them, to celebrate their local area and inspire other people to get out and explore.”
Hana Sutch, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Jauntly said: “We are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service, to bring these new walking routes to Nottingham. These walks explore some of the greenest parts of the city and encourage people to get outside, connect with nature every day and discover something new in their local area.”
You can find out more about the Travel Well programme here and if you’d like to get involved with co-producing walks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.