Sutton has some wonderful green spaces to explore, and it's scientifically proven that being outdoors can have a positive effect on your well-being.
So, try walking more in Sutton and you might find it's great fun as well as great exercise.
"Moderate Exercise - such as walking and biking - is the number one change people can make to improve their health." US Surgeon General
Walking and cycling are practical and inexpensive alternatives to the car for short trips to the local shops or school. For example, it only takes 12 minutes to walk 1km.
Leisure walks in Sutton
The London Loop almost completely encircles Greater London, covering a total distance of around 240km (150ml). It has been described as 'the M25 for walkers', although it rarely comes anywhere near the motorway.
In Sutton Section 6 of the Loop goes from Couldson South Station in Croydon to Banstead Downs and section 7 from Banstead Downs to Bourne Hall Park, Ewell.
The Wandle Trail runs the length of the River Wandle, through the boroughs of Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth, and is a predominately off-road shared-use path, linking open spaces, recreational facilities, schools, industrial estates and communities.
You can also :
- visit Oaks Park, a formal gardens and woodlands near Sutton, was once home to the Earl of Derby.
- enjoy London's Chalk Downland and
- take weekend walks through Beddington, Carshalton and Cheam.
For full details of walking events, activities and initiatives in the borough please search the term 'walking' in the search bar (above).
These are available from the Sutton library.
St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1EA
Telephone: (020) 8770 4700
Did you know?
Regular walking or cycling provides many physical, mental and social health benefits. It can;
- decrease your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers,
- lower blood pressure and cholesterol,
- control weight,
- improve posture and
- make you feel great.
Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat and can build muscle to speed up your metabolism.
Distance-wise, walking burns about the same number of calories as running. Running a mile may be faster, but you'll burn just as many calories by walking it. Walking about 2,000 more steps than usual (about a mile) is enough to keep most people from gaining weight.
As a rule of thumb, someone weighing 11 and a half stone will burn off about 100 calories for every mile walked.
And at a relatively fast pace we can walk at a rate of four miles an hour. That's 400 calories or the equivalent of 2.2 Cadbury's Crème eggs.