Best Foot Forward for 2013, Tavistock!

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By ExeCellent | Monday, January 14, 2013, 11:05

AS TAVISTOCK puts away the Christmas decorations for another year, many of us are dreading that first foray onto the scales after our seasonal indulgences. Weight loss and improved fitness are among the most popular New Year's resolutions, but where to begin?

In Tavistock, we're blessed with a wonderful environment, so now's the time to get out and about – walking, jogging, hiking and running are all great forms of exercise... and they're free, so you don't need to shell out a fortune in gym fees to get in shape! Here are some ideas to help you get 2013 off to a healthy start without breaking the bank.

Walk this Way...

In Tavistock, we're lucky enough to be close to Dartmoor, with all its wonderful opportunities for exercise, and there's no better way to enjoy the views than on foot. The key to any successful exercise programme is enjoyment, so go for an activity you  know you enjoy, or would like to try. If it's not fun, you won't stick to it. Don't be over-ambitious – start small, as little and often is the best way to build your fitness level without risking injury.

First Steps

For a gentle, sociable introduction to walking, why not join one of Tavistock Walk and Talk's free health walks? All walks are local and start and finish outside The Wharf in Tavistock.  Short walks are on Tuesdays starting at 10.30am and moderate walks are on Thursdays starting at 10.00am. Aimed at those currently doing little or no exercise, they're suitable for everyone, but do check with your doctor first if you have health issues.

The Great Outdoors

If you like to walk in company but are looking for something more challenging, then Tavistock Ramblers could be the group for you. They have a full programme of walks with experienced leaders every Sunday, on many Saturdays and on some Summer evenings. Their walks are varied in length and cater for the experienced walker and also those new to walking.

If you prefer to go it alone, but are not sure where to start, West Devon Council produce a whole range of free walking guides, ranging from a 1-mile local stroll to the challenging 37-mile West Devon Way. They're available free from WDC's Customer Service Centre at Kilworthy Park, or to download. With a choice of trails featuring local villages and landmarks, they're a fantastic way to explore local heritage. You can also pick up walking trails at the Tourist Information Centre. TrubblnStrife says its a 'spacious and well-stocked resource... and knowledgeable staff are always happy to help and advise'.

All you need to start walking is suitable footwear and waterproofs (and if you live in the area you probably have those already) plus your map or guide, but if the bug bites, you'll probably want to visit Kountry Kit on West Street and get yourself kitted out with with proper walking boots and a pole. diosman says: 'Kountry Kit is an exellent shop, very, helpful, informative staff, no waiting, great choices. Will definitely visit again, I needed a pair of walking boots and didn't have a clue but a very helpful member of staff found the exact boots I needed and checked they were right for me. Would highly recommend.'

Hit the Road

Running has never been so popular, and with unlimited options from mini fun runs to full-blown marathons, there's something to suit everyone. If running appeals to you, Tavistock Athletic Club meets at Tavistock College every Tuesday evening and offers training runs suitable for all levels throughout the week. The club also organizes several events during the year, including the Town Relay races in the Meadows during Carnival Week, the Tavy 7, a  seven-mile road race in November, and the Tavy 13 half marathon in April.

If you need new running kit, try Active Co in Duke Street. SVeal21 says it's: 'The only real Sports Shop in Tavistock... very good at specialist trainers'.

So best foot forward, Tavistock, and a happy and healthy New Year to you all!

If you enjoy getting out and about in the area, why not take your camera with you? It's easy and free to share your picture galleries here on Tavistock People, and we always love seeing them!



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    Sean - this video is priceless! And, as ExeCelllent says, a shining example to us all. As well as "Daddy, you'll make a crash", I think I may have also caught the line "This is foolish"! Please can we have subtitles, or, if you make another video of a different ride, please can you get the mic nearer to your cameraperson? Tremendous stuff!

    By TheGreenMan at 11:31 on 19/01/13

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    Thanks, Sean – you're a shining example to us all! Loved the video – we were utterly mesmerised by watching your rear view for an uninterrupted 8 minutes and cracked up by the cameraperson's commentary. Can we suggest subtitles, as we only caught 'This is a bad idea', 'Daddy, you'll make a crash' and 'Cool'?
    We'll be doing a feature on cycling later this year to coincide with National Bike Week when we'll highlight some of the local routes, but in the meantime please keep sharing your biking adventures with us – can't wait for the next video!

    By ExeCellent at 11:05 on 17/01/13

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    If you're on the cycle path between Morrisons and Monksmead, why not add a rack to your bike, get some good-sized panniers and do your Morrisons run on the marvellous, quiet off-road path around the college and football club?

    Here's a video of my beast of burden (sorry, there was nowhere to put the camera in front of me) doing the Morrisons run with the kids in the trailer:

    Those little panniers on the front will take nearly a shopping bag each. I have some larger ones which will take nearly two bags each. The more often you go shopping by bike, the less you have to carry and the less gruelling the ascent to the top of Daleswood Road on the return!

    There's a bike shop opposite Cornwall Farmers (right turn at 6:38 in the video) where they seem to have most bits and bobs I need. The track is mostly downhill to Morrisons, mostly uphill on the return.

    If you fancy going further afield but don't fancy the road, Drake's Trail to Horrabridge and Yelverton is a delight on foot or bicycle.

    By Sean4u at 21:57 on 14/01/13

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