Walking in the Badger Farm and Oliver’s Battery Area
Living Streets is the national charity that works to make streets safer and more attractive so that people find walking more enjoyable and do more of it, which benefits their health and the environment. Living Streets is promoting walking in schools, communities and workplaces across Hampshire in partnership with the Hampshire My Journey team, which is funded by the Department of Transport. My Journey is a one stop destination for travel information and advice in and around the Hampshire area. Whether you’re looking for information about local cycle routes to work, walking maps or links to public transport you can access it all from the website www.myjourneyhampshire.com.
This year, Living Streets is working in the Badger Farm and Oliver’s Battery areas to identify barriers to walking and encourage local residents of all ages to walk more.
Walking to school is one of the easiest ways to improve your children’s and your own health. Did you know that less than half of children in the UK currently walk to school and this number is decreasing, while the number of children being driven to school has doubled in the last 20 years! One in five cars on the road at peak times is taking children to school.
In 2015, Oliver’s Battery Primary School took positive steps to improve walking rates by joining the exciting Living Streets Walk once a Week’ (WoW) scheme. This rewards children for walking to school at least once a week with collectable pin badges. Living Streets would like to hear the views of parents and will be running a street audit with adults in the area too. If you would like to know more about this or take part, please contact Jean MacGrory of Living Streets on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to view our School Route Audit for Oliver's Battery Primary School, based on the walk-to-school routes shown in the map below:
Walking has numerous health benefits and helps maintain good body and brain function into older age. The countryside around Oliver’s Battery and Badger Farm has many footpaths that are ideal for exploring on your own. If you are a less confident walker or would like the opportunity to meet other walkers, Lydia Lockhart the Active Lifestyles Officer of Winchester City Council (WCC) runs six Health Walks in the district each week which may be found on their website. To find out more about the routes, times and days of the walks you can reach Lydia by telephone on 01962 848725 or look at the website at www.winchester.gov.uk/sports/active-lifestyles-scheme/health-walks.
If you would enjoy a walk but fear that you might be left behind as you have difficulties walking fast, or very far, please let us know as Living Streets and WCC are hoping to organise very gentle, short led walks. If this is something that you would welcome, please email Jean MacGrory on email@example.com or call her on 07714 616 561.