Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise? It’s easier than you think to fit into your day!
“Active 10” is an app which aims to encourage people to take brisk walks of at least 10 minutes every day. A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Click here for more information on the app.
Kent Sport has developed 10 walking routes that can be enjoyed from the centre of Kent and Medway’s largest towns. Each route consists of at least one “Active 10”, and – because each one starts from a town centre – is designed to fit around your daily life: work, shopping or meeting up with friends.
Dartford Central Park loop
Total length: 1 mile
No. Active 10s: 1-2
Dartford has a busy, vibrant town centre with plenty of local businesses, a great choice of shops including the Orchards Shopping Centre, and a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants. Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the town centre however, Central Park provides a calm getaway, a well-presented and maintained park with several footpaths, gardens, and the River Darent running through it.
This Active 10 walking route is 1 mile long in its entirety, consisting of between one and two complete Active 10s if you walk the whole route. However, feel free to walk as little or as much of the route as you feel able to.
From the pedestrianised High Street, head down Market Place and cross Market Street to enter Central Park. Walk through the gardens and into the open field, completing one loop of the park’s footpath. Exit the park the way you came in and return to the town centre.
Why not give this Active 10 walking route a try next time you’re in Dartford town centre? Whether it’s during your lunchbreak from work, or taking a break from a shopping trip, this Active 10 walking route is sure to help you move towards a healthier lifestyle.
Active 10 is part of the One You campaign, helping people move towards healthier lifestyles. In Kent, there is the One You Kent campaign. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/oneyou for more information on the campaign. To download the Active 10 app for iOS or Android, visit www.nhs.uk/active10 or search for “Active 10” in the App Store or Google Play.