This summer, Wyre Council and LoveMyBeach are inviting people to get up and out, and take advantage of the beautiful coastline during Active Coast Week from 22 to 28 July.
During the week an exciting programme of events is being hosted across the region to help improve people’s health and wellbeing. To celebrate, Wyre Council will be launching a brand new programme of health rides during the week as well as hosting a range of fun activities.
Similar to Wyre’s popular health walks, the health rides are free, fun, social bike rides. They will take place on Monday 22 July at 2pm at Marine Hall, Wednesday 24 July at 2pm at Wyre Estuary Country Park and from Marine Hall at 7pm and on Friday 26 July at 10.30am from Marine Hall. They will then take place every week at these times up until the end of September.
Thanks to a partnership with Active Lancashire, 15 adult bikes and helmets will be provided for each ride, or participants can bring along their own. The rides will be around an hour long including rest breaks. Led by qualified volunteers, the rides will give those not used to cycling the chance to increase their confidence on off road routes. There’s no need to book, children are welcome but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must bring their own bike and helmet.
Throughout Active Coast Week there will also be lots more activities taking place along Wyre’s coast. On Wednesday 24 July there’s a one hour health walk in Knott End setting off from the café at 2pm. On Thursday 25 July there will be a butterfly and bug hunt for all ages to explore the wildlife of Larkholme Grasslands from 1pm to 2pm. There will also be a beach craft session at Rossall Point Tower from 11am to 2.30pm on Friday 26 July.
On Sunday 28 July you can enjoy a bird watch at Rossall Point Tower at 9am to 10am, followed by Rossall Point Tower Conservation Day from 11am to 2pm where you can try your hand at practical conservation activities. Or if you want to get outdoors and give something back to the community at the same time, you can join in the community beach clean at Larkholme Grasslands from 10.30am to 11.30am. Just turn up in suitable outdoor clothing and footwear and all the equipment you need will be provided.
All the events are free apart from beach craft which is £2.50 per person.
Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “Getting outside and being active can hugely improve our health and wellbeing. Active Coast Week gives us the chance to showcase the range of events that we host all year round on our beautiful coastline. Being in nature and doing something active is such a positive thing, I’d encourage everyone to try one of our activities and benefit from the feel good factor that follows!”
The Active Coast programme was launched last year in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and showcased a range of sporting activities on the beach, including kayaking, yoga and football, in the hope of inspiring people to use their local beaches more.
Active Coast is part of LOVEmyBEACH, which works along the North West coast to improve bathing water quality, keep the beaches clean and runs a series of campaigns throughout the year to encourage people to take better care of the coastline.
LOVEmyBEACH’s Zephie Begolo said, “There has never been a better time to take advantage of our coastline and the wonderful diversity of activities that happen on our beaches.
“We want people to see how easy it is to get active, improve their health and wellbeing and connect with nature. We hope people will be inspired to use this fantastic, free resource more.”