A new scheme to encourage residents to explore the beauty and heritage in their local area is heading to Ripon.
North Yorkshire County Council is expanding ‘Discoveries on Your Doorstep’ after the success of its walks in Scarborough and Selby.
They range from castle the canal towpaths and give local residents a glimpse at areas they might otherwise overlook.
Wetland walks is the title of the new scheme, which is due to be launched soon at Ripon City Wetlands.
It will focus on nature rather than the heritage theme of the two existing options elsewhere in the county.
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The county council has said it is trying to help areas which have been struggling with exercise since coronavirus struck.
A co-ordinator for the project, Josh Wood, said:
“Research suggests that for some people motivation for wanting to be outside and exercising was driven by discovering the local area, rather than wanting to be outdoors for health.
“Since the coronavirus pandemic struck, data suggests some communities are more affected than others by a lack of physical activity.
“So we think it is most appropriate to target the communities which have missed out most.”
“We want to leave people with fond memories of being outdoors while exercising and being active without that being the main reason for being outdoors.”
It is another boost for nature reserves near Ripon after the Nosterfield Nature Reserve won a £132,000 government grant to enhance wildlife.