Walking for wellbeing...and website updates

Embark2 walking group at Monkseaton Metro station
12 July 2021

A local group supporting widows and widowers have swapped foreign trips and sunnier climates for coffee mornings and local walks during the pandemic.

The group, called Embark2, have been following some walks between Metro stations, and helping keep the Nexus website up-to-date in the process.

John Webb, Founder of Embark2 said: “We provide support for anyone who has experienced the loss of a partner and offer opportunities to meet up, usually weekends away and holidays, where we can share our experiences of grief and remaking our lives.  As part of our Wellness initiative during the pandemic, we are running a series of short walks between some Metro stations.

“The walks are easy to follow and usually include somewhere to stop for a coffee. Our members have enjoyed the opportunity to get out and about once restrictions allowed.”

The group have already followed five Metro walks, with more to come. The walks cover all areas of the Metro network, and the routes are available on the Nexus website.

While on their walks, the group members note any changes or amends needed to the route guides, such as changes to pub or shop names, and new road or path layouts, and feed them back to Nexus.

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “There’s lots of different ways our customers use Metro, whether it’s for getting to work or education or to access social activities. The Metro Walks were developed a few years ago to encourage people to use the network to explore new places, knowing they will finish at a Metro station to get them home easily too.

"It’s great that the walks are still being used and providing ideas for wellbeing activities during the pandemic, and it’s an added bonus for us that John and his group are very helpfully letting us know of any changes we need to make to our website pages.”

There are 38 Metro walks, ranging in distance from two to nine miles, all starting and ending at Metro stations, and all with detailed directions. Find them on the Nexus website here: Explore | nexus.org.uk  

More details about Embark2 are available here Embark2 |

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