Residents of Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, are now able to run or walk on a newly unveiled 5km circular route.
The lit route, which was unveiled last Tuesday, features wayfinding signage and markers every 1km and has a start/finish point at the Orttewell Road underpass opposite the Moreton Hall Coffee House.
Designed for maximum accessibility and convenience, it was developed by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Suffolk County Council, St Edmunsbury Borough Council and Suffolk Sport.
Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is a simple but very effective way to help people get more active, especially those who may never have contemplated running, or even walking far.”
Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk’s cabinet member for health, said: “This initiative has many benefits for both physical health and mental wellbeing, especially as we want to encourage everyone to get active when it suits them.”
Borough councillors Peter Thompson, Frank Warby and Terry Buckle, and county councillor Trevor Beckwith have all donated funds from their locality budgets.
Cllr Thompson said the idea for the project came from a resident in Oswyn Close and ‘it’s important to recognise work that the community help bring to fruition’.
Abbeycroft Leisure is offering free ‘Couch to 5K’ beginner running courses to help anyone new to running make the most of their experience.
To register, visit wwwacleisure.com or call 01284 753496.
For a gentler introduction, residents can join one of a number of social walks taking place on Tuesdays at 9.30am for the next three weeks.
Sarah Howard, chairman of Abbeycroft, said: “The development of this route is very exciting and we hope it will encourage many Moreton Hall residents to take up running or walking and to make use of one of Suffolk’s greatest strengths, its natural environment.”