Get fit in the great outdoors

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Council chiefs in St Helens have teamed up with The Mersey Forest to provide new opportunities to get fit in natural surroundings.

Called Nature4Health, the scheme supports local groups to provide high quality, evidence-based sessions utilising the assets of the local natural surroundings. It's about providing health-promoting, enjoyable group activities in a green, therapeutic space.

And the council is looking to extend that offer by organising more free, regular bike rides over the summer, intended for cyclists of all abilities.

Based at the Cycle Hub at Bold Miners’ Neighbourhood Centre, Fleet Lane, the bike rides will take in the natural beauty to be found at Colliers’ Moss Common near Broad Lane. The common falls under the Bold Forest Park area, which is itself part of the St Helens Mersey Forest area.

Residents now have the opportunity to shape these planned bike rides, and should register their thoughts and interest with Adam Molyneux, by emailing or calling 01744 676174.

Developed in partnership with Sustrans, the Cycle Hub has a stock of bicycles, helmets and hi-vis gear available for public use.

There are five others across the borough, at Sherdley, Victoria and Taylor parks, Sankey Valley Visitor Centre and Four Acre.

The Cycle Hubs are intended to be invaluable resources for the community, opening up a range of events, activities and opportunities that are free to access and can improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Why not take advantage of these great resources in 2016?

As well as providing a meeting place for free weekly, organised bike rides, the hubs act as a central point for cycle skills, maintenance training and general information on using a bicycle for regular transport, creating a culture of cycling in St Helens.

Nature4Health is a three-year project funded by The Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme, with a total of £419,597 awarded for work in targeted communities across The Mersey Forest including St Helens, Liverpool and Sefton.

If you would like to work in partnership with The Mersey Forest to develop activities in your community please call or email Suzanne on 01925 816217 or