News News These boots are made for walking Craigmillar Community Grows (CCG) offers local people the chance to come together, learn new skills and enjoy spending time outdoors. By encouraging people of all ages to take part in their environment, either by volunteering in the many gardens around Craigmillar, or joining in workshops or outdoor events, the project aims to help people build relationships, combat isolation and feel healthier Karin, the community worker for CCG, recently developed walking routes to share with the local community. They were made during lockdown after the walking group weren't able to meet due to social distancing rules. The colourful postcards highlighted different routes around Craigmillar and were available to download from the CCG Facebook page. Jess, a keen walker, said: “I think it is such a great initiative. I went for a walk around Craigmillar Castle Park following the instructions on the card. “I really enjoyed it. The yew tree path was beautiful, especially the tree with the faerie doors. It’s such a big park and I'll be back to explore it some more. Thank you so much for the card!” Each postcard has two routes included. Some feature the castle, others lead the walker to some hidden gems. The postcards were developed to encourage people to walk more, and to improve their mental and physical health. Did you know? The health benefits of walking include: Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes Stronger bones and improved balance. The postcards are still available. Simply request one through the CCG Facebook page. Keep up to date on the Craigmillar Community Grows project by visiting its Facebook page.