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Chance to put best foot forward for Walking Month

Published: 30th April 2019 10:43


A FAMILY-RUN Bristol clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure equipment retailer is this month hoping to encourage more people to get out walking in the area as part of National Walking Month (May 2019).


Taunton Leisure - Bristol, which is on Bedminster Parade in Bedminster, is offering free advice on footwear, rucksacks and other walking essentials as well as tips for some of the best walks nearby.

Store Manager at Taunton Leisure - Bristol, Braam Van Der Walt, said: "As part of National Walking Month, which takes place throughout May, we're offering our complimentary expert advice on all the items a beginner or a more experienced walker or hiker might need and how to get started. We're also offering our free rucksack fitting service and walking boot-fitting service too.

"It's really important to have the right equipment for your walk or hike and to be comfortable, secure, warm and dry, whatever the weather. It's so essential to encourage people to get outdoors, as it's so good for everyone's health and well-being on many levels.

"According to the British Heart Foundation, more than one in seven men and one in 10 women die from coronary heart disease in the UK, however those who are more physically active are at a lower risk, which is why we actively want to encourage more people to give walking and hiking a try, and to come in for free advice from us on everything from equipment to clothing and maps and walking routes.

"Walking can also help keep the heart strong by increasing its rate. It can improve a person's mood and general well-being just being out of the house enjoying some fresh air and being in green open spaces, in touch with nature. We'll also be taking part in the official National Walking Month hashtag #WalkThisMay on social media and encouraging people to get active throughout the month with our handy hints, tips and free advice."

Taunton Leisure on Bedminster Parade in Bedminster, Bristol is an independent, family-run, Westcountry retailer and has been helping its customers get the right clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure equipment for decades.

"Our team here are all experienced walkers and hikers and we appreciate how important Somerset's open, green spaces are to us. We have Mendip Hills and Leigh Woods close-by. Plus there are many semi-urban footpaths such as those along canals and rivers through towns and into the countryside, which are great for exploring too, and there are some amazing wildlife reserves."

From walking boots to climbing shoes or tents to outdoor cookware, it supplies more than 3,500 products online or in-store and has friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to offer expert advice too.

Customers travel specifically to visit the store, as it is well known and respected for its specialist expertise and skills.

The Bristol store has experts in camping, especially cycle touring and backpacking, on the team. It also offers expertise in hiking, climbing and trail running and offers a boot fitting service. It has close links with many of the city's rambling groups too.

From May 18 until 19, 2019 it is hosting a free Tent Show at St Katherine's School, Pill Road offering people the chance to see equipment in its natural environment - the great outdoors.

The event will include one of the largest ranges of tents in the South West on display, including family, lightweight and bell tents, as well as tipis.

Taunton Leisure, which has stores in Exeter and Taunton as well, stocks well-known brands such as Altberg, Rab, The North Face, Vango, Outwell, Osprey, Mountain Equipment and Meindl.

It also provides niche products and is the only retailer in the UK to sell Snow Peak Titanium Cookware.

For more information, please visit Taunton Leisure on Bedminster Parade in Bedminster, Bristol or www.tauntonleisure.com. Alternatively, please call 0117 9637640 or connect via https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLeisure/ or https://twitter.com/tauntonleisure.

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