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Kirkby Stephen Bench Walks

Kirkby Stephen has just completed a new project working with the local Women’s Institute and other community partners. All the benches in the local area have been surveyed, 80 of them, and mapped with a leaflet being produced. ‘Happy to Chat’ signs are also being fixed to six benches in strategic positions.
The Bench Walk Project has three specific aims:
• To help less able people in the community, and visitors, to enjoy the benefit of short accessible walks, increasing their physical activity with the assurance of where the next bench will be.
• To help tackle isolation and encourage people to engage more with their community.
• To combat loneliness by creating an opportunity for people to chat with others on the ‘Happy to Chat’ benches along walking routes.
Local artists and printers were engaged to design the leaflet which will be available at the Visitor Centre, Council and Community Centre, Health Centre and retirement homes in the area from the beginning of August, as well as online, see

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