Marvin Rees is the elected Mayor of Bristol and when he’s not busy running our city, he loves nothing better than a walk in the city. Here, he shares his favourite walking spot.

Tell us a bit about your favourite walk and why you love it so much.

My favourite walk is around Blaise Castle. I love the peaceful atmosphere, a chance to clear my mind and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

How long have you been walking there and when did you first discover it?

I used to walk there as a child when I lived in Long Cross and have happy memories of exploring the estate.

Who normally accompanies you on your walks?

My wife and three young children. It’s great to see them enjoy the surroundings as I did as a child, and I love having time to bond as a family away from the day-to-day.

How do you feel when you’re out for a walk? Does it change your state of mind?

All exercise is really important to me for clearing my mind after a long week. The surroundings themselves make me feel at peace.

Have you experienced any health benefits from walking?

Aside from the mental health benefits of walking, I’m one of countless people who have benefitted from walking physically too. It’s important to me to fit exercise into my weekly routine, and walking is a way of doing this that isn’t as demanding.

Do you have any particular kit you take with you when you’re walking? If so, what do you take and why?

The great thing about walking is that you don’t need any particular kit, which is another reason why it’s such a convenient way of getting some exercise in.

What tips would you give to anyone thinking about getting into walking?

One of the great things about walking is that you can just do as much as you want to. Being active improves our physical health as well as our mental wellbeing, making us feel better about ourselves, so even if it’s just a short stroll, just give it a go!

Bristol Walk Fest, the UK’s largest celebration of urban walking, takes place from 1 – 31 May 2018. See what’s happening and when on our events calendar page.

Image: Mayor Marvin Rees, credit Bristol City Council.