Story: Karen Lloyd – Age UK Bristol

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Karen Lloyd and I’m the Active Ageing Programme Manager at Age UK Bristol. I’ve been promoting community sport and physical activity for most of my working life and in my current role I coordinate Bristol Walk Fest. 

Although I primarily work on supporting older adults to get more active, Bristol Walk Fest is aimed at reaching all ages and abilities. This year I’ve been delighted by the number and range of walks that have taken place, a big thank you to all of our amazing walk providers!

Tell us about your preferred Bristol walking route and why you love it so much. How long have you been walking there?

I enjoy walking in Blaise Castle Estate. We are lucky enough to live right on the doorstep having moved to our current house 19 years ago. I find myself out walking our 7-year-old black labrador Inca there every weekday morning before work. What I enjoy most about doing this is that you get to see the changing seasons and experience the best that nature has to offer.

This year my favourite walk featured in Bristol Walk Fest was the Walk Leader Training led by Bristol City Council. I hope to see many more people setting up walks for their communities following this training!

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

When I’m out walking I feel a lot more relaxed and able to let my mind wander. I find I can focus more on just being in the moment, rather than worrying about all the stresses and strains of everyday living.  

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

When out walking I always take my mobile phone with me. Partly because I feel safer knowing I can phone home if I need to for any reason bu also so I can take a photograph of anything that catches my eye. For example, the first sighting of snowdrops I always send in a photo to my children, to let them know spring is on its way. Hopefully, it helps to cheer up their day too.

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

Starting small is just fine. You can add in a walk to the shops instead of driving, getting off the bus a few stops early – it all adds up and can help you to feel fitter and happier. If you enjoy walking in company, consider joining one of Bristol’s many walking groups. If you’d like to help support the festival’s return in 2024, please email with any ideas or suggestions for how we can continue to improve the festival for Bristol. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Wed 31 May 2023
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Wed 31 May 2023