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Parks For Life

The Parks For Life project is aimed at highlighting the benefits of walking and encouraging the use of St Helens' parks.

It was initiated by the local Clinical Commissioning Group to enable GPs in the borough to 'prescribe' park walks locally. A joint venture between the council’s Environmental Protection and Public Health teams, the project aims to encourage relatively sedentary people to get 'out there' and change their lifestyles.

Parks For Life highlights the health benefits of walking – and how a simple, free and effective exercise can have a big impact on your wellbeing, as you increase your activity levels and take in fresh air.

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. And the big advantage is almost everyone can get involved.

You can make your mark in the park by using any of the measured walking routes laid out in Mesnes Park and Taylor Park.

The markers found in the two parks can be used for walking, or even jogging and running if you feel more active. The routes are measured at different lengths, depending on how far you want to walk. There are 100-metre markers placed around the route, so you can join or finish the route at any point and still work out the distance you have walked.

Get walking – download the route maps: