Walking is the most basic form of travel and exercise and involves no special equipment, no cost and is open to the majority of the population. For students and staff living within a mile or so of either campus, walking to the University is an option well worth considering. It is now well documented that walking is one of the best ways of improving health and fitness as well as reducing stress levels.
Walking is good for you
In particular walking helps prevent osteoporosis, reduces the risk of heart disease and reduces the risk of certain cancers. Walking is an excellent way in which people of all ages can get fit and stay active.
Walking is good for the environment
Walking has no adverse effects on the environment. If you walk instead of drive a car, particularly for short journeys, you will be helping to cut down on traffic congestion and pollution, and save yourself money.
Useful guidance about walking is available from The Ramblers' Association:
- "Walking for You"(PDF) is an introduction to enjoying the benefits of walking.
- "Take 30"(PDF) is a practical guide to walking to improve your health.
- Walking facts and figures
Guidance on personal safety while walking. Be seen and be bright especially if the light and conditions are poor.
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Please be aware that the footpaths on Boughton Green Road are in fact dual-use cycle/foot ways and are used by cyclists and pedestrians.
There are approximately 25 hectares of land to explore at Park Campus. If you want to have a walk away from the campus, why not try Bradlaugh Fields Urban Park which is located at the back of Cottesbrooke building, beyond the Gallagher Sports Fields (usage not advised at night time).
It only takes 20 minutes (walking at a moderate 3 miles an hour) to reach Kingsthorpe shops from Park Campus.
There are only about 5 hectares of land at Avenue Campus, but the Racecourse park is directly opposite the front of Maidwell building, and has 48 hectares of land to explore (usage not advised at night time).
It only takes 20 minutes (walking at a moderate 3 miles an hour) to reach Northampton town centre or railway station from Avenue Campus.