Earlier this year we launched applications for our new Getting into Hiking programme for women new to/returning to hiking. The programme targets women who feel unable to join existing community walks due to low fitness and/or long term health conditions or injury.
We were blown away by the level of interest, and had far more applications than we had places available. It was tough, but eventually we selected 12 women to join us in this exciting new initiative.
This Sunday, they went off on their first hike together, on a circular route around Kinder Reservoir with fantastic views of Kinder Scout. The weather was glorious and the group even had the opportunity to cool their feet in a stream along the way!
Feedback on the first walk was overwhelmingly positive, with participants commenting that they particularly appreciated the pace and supportive environment that Walk Leader, Suzanne Hill, had created.
“What an amazing day! Today literally felt like an answer to my prayers of finding a safe space of women to hike with, without any of the usual pressures associated with being a hiker these days.. And with a pace & enough time to really soak it up”. Programme participant
“Thank you ladies for making me feel at ease. It really meant a lot. Suzanne, I am grateful for you creating a safe place for everyone and setting the tone to how our walk was”. Programme participant
This was the first of five walks the women will embark on together, gaining experience of different length hikes and different terrains across the Peak District.
The programme has been heavily subsidised, thanks to the generous support of the YHA’s Outdoor Citizens initiative and Sport England. However, we’d love to expand the programme to reach more women across the country. Potential funders please email email@example.com