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Residents encouraged to join the Dudley Trail

Dudley Trail organisers are getting ready for the largest urban walking event in the West Midlands.

On Sunday May 5 walkers of all ages and abilities will be stepping off from Dudley Leisure Centre and taking one of five routes around Dudley borough.

Dudley Council in association with The Lee, Shaw Partnership, is organising the 39th annual family event which normally attracts more than 2,000 people. Walks of six, nine, 12, 20 and 28 miles are on offer, with routes covering the hidden beauty and proud industrial heritage of the borough.

Seasoned walkers and absolute beginners can walk at their own pace to take in the sights along canal towpaths, disused railway lines, country footpaths and a few roads as part of the walks. All walks start from Dudley Leisure Centre at designated times for each route between 8am and noon. Peter Davenport, of The Lee, Shaw Partnership, said:

"We’re delighted to be sponsoring such a big event in the borough which is enjoyed by so many people. We’ll be there on the day putting our best foot forward, and we would urge as many people as possible to get involved for a good cause.”

People can walk to raise money for a charity of their choice or for Action Heart who support the event and offer an incentive to raise funds. Bob Bridge, of Action Heart, added:

"The Dudley Trail is popular with people of all ages and whether you amble, ramble or even run there is something for everyone.

Walking is really good exercise and the Trail has a super-friendly atmosphere where both groups and individuals enjoy the challenge of one of the five distances on offer.”

Checkpoints are strategically placed along each of the five routes to ensure the well of walkers and light refreshments are available. Everyone who completes a trail receives a certificate of achievement.

Online fees are £4 per person to join the 28 and 20 mile routes, £3 for the 12 and nine mile routes and £2.50 to walk the gentler six mile route. Costs will be an extra £1 for each route when booking on the day.

Information is available at himleyhallandpark.co.uk/dudleytrail.

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