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Ticks and Lyme Disease:  Warning:  Ticks are a small blood-sucking mite.  It lives on blood from wild animals such as deer but occasionally it may attach itself to humans when they walk through grass, bracken or heathland.  The tick can carry a small bacterium called Borrelia burghdorferi in its stomach.  This bacterium causes Lyme Disease.  To help prevent this please stick to open paths and always keep your skin covered; wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts and tuck your trousers into socks if necessary.  If you are bitten and you do not know how to remove a tick successfully, please visit your doctor or local A&E as soon as possible.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is asking people to go on a bee walk – just choose a walk close to your home and make a note of any been activity you see along the way.  Alternatively, why not join a bee safari  – a guided walk taking part in different country parks across the UK.  Bumblebees are essential.  Find details at

What is the secret to a long life?  Walk two and a half hours a week.  If you do this you could add more than seven years to your life researchers believe.  The study found that even half of that is beneficial with 75 minutes of brisk walking a week  –  enough to extend life by almost two years.  Harvard professor Dr I-Min Lee, the study’s senior, said: “We must not underestimate how important physical activity is for health – even modest amounts can add years to your life”.

Donate your old kit.   Every year hundreds of porters, from the very young to the very old, carry massive loads in locations such as the Himalayas to aid western trekkers.  Many are very ill-equipped, most are paid little and a huge numbers rely on donations from trekkers to buy the clothing they work in.  Many suffer hugely;  some die.     Please support if you can.  For more information on porters, visit:

Is your rucksack looking a bit worn and tired?  Wash with Nikwax Tech Wash and then spray on Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof. This will not only make waterproof your rucksack but protect from UV degradation.

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The National Osteoporosis Society recommends regular weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, to keep bones strong.  A 30 minute walk every day may reduce a man’s risk of death from cancer by 34%.  Three hours of walking per week may reduce heart attack risk by 35%.  Walking is simple, free and easy on the knees and a great work-out.  Dean Hodgkin, a fitness expert recommends it.

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 Do good, feel great!  Find a challenge that makes you feel great this year, and help Mind make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.  Whether you fancy skydiving, trekking or keeping your feet firmly on the ground, we have lots of exciting events to choose from.  Find out more:  Tel: 0871 872 1144.

Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance are looking for support.  Checkout or ring 01823 669604 to find out the many difference ways you can  help.  

GET ACTIVE, GET INSPIRED, GET OUT THERE:  Discover new horizons with Marie Curie.  From scaling the Great Wall of China to hillwalking in the Himalayas.  Contact:

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE with  Mont Blanc, Burma?  Join their team for a once in a lifetime adventure – all for a great cause.

BREAST CANCER NOW:   Cotswold Challenge: Friday 28 – 30 September  – 24 miles.  Friday 4 – 6 May South Devon Coastal Challenge – 21 miles.  Friday 22 – 24 June Peak District Four Dales Challenge – 21 miles.  Friday 13 – 15 July Gower Coastal Challenge 22.5 miles.    Contact

SATURDAY 14th JULY 2018.  WALK THE NIGHT united against cancer.    Walk a full or half marathon through London at night.  Contact  01590 677854.

Trek the Great Wall of China.  7-16 September or 19-28 October 2018.   United we trek against dementia.

JUST WALK SAVES LIVES.  British Heart Foundation. or call 0300 330 3322.  Fight for every heart beat.  29th – 7th April 2019.  Contact  Cusco to Machu Picchu.