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Discover Salford - an active city

Whether it's discovering the city on foot, on your bike or on the water, there's lots of fascinating and fun ways to keep active in Salford. With the Greater Manchester Walking Festival, Art on the Run and the European Cycling Challenge all happening in May, there's plenty to inspire an active lifestyle this month!

Discover a refreshing secret about Salford - 60% of it is green space. Amazing isn't it? There are two country parks, five local nature reserves and over 20 public parks so plenty of places to get active whether it's flying a kite or walking the dog. Enjoy a 'green fix' in Salford through fun events, guided walks and nature conservation with the Salford Ranger team. And even where it's more built up, there's still wildlife to enjoy - at MediaCityUK you can go birdwatching 24 hours.

Being physically active is really good for your mind, body and health - and there are lots of easy ways to fit activity into your day. You can earn BetterPoints by logging your activity on the app and then redeem them for high street rewards or donate to charity. It's all part of Live Well,(the NHS's way of helping everyone with healthy living and wellbeing.

You could explore the heritage, countryside and rural areas of Salford with The Salford Trail a brand new long distance walk of about 50 miles divided into a series of ten walks.

Regular running events throughout the year include a timed 5k Parkrun every Saturday morning at Worsley Woods. Youngsters can get in on the action too with the new 2k Junior Parkrun at Buile Hill Park every Sunday morning and enjoy themselves without the need for iPads or electronic equipment!

Recent improvements to the towpath mean you can now walk or cycle the full length of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford from Barton to Boothstown so there has never been a better time to discover this historic waterway. From tree planting and pond dipping to volunteering, boat trips, family fun days, exploring trails and even a knitting project #swingiest, there's plenty of great ways to get active near the water!

If messing around in the water is more your thing, try your hand at kayaking, wakeboarding or windsurfing at the Salford Watersports Centre. Located down at The Quays it's also the place for Dragon Boat racing - ideal for both experienced crews and novices alike. Other highlights at The Quays include the city's 10K run, the start of the Bike Ride to Blackpool, an international yoga festival and the Salford Triathlon.

Your journey to a more active you could start at one of the many local leisure centres across Salford where you'll find fully equipped gyms and sparkling swimming pools. Salford Community Leisure (SCL) have launched their search for the 2018 This Girl Can Salford Ambassadors to help inspire women of all shapes, sizes and abilities to embark on a more active lifestyle. SCL's Active Lifestyles Team also provide a range of physical activity programmes including health walks.

Volunteering can also be a great way to keep active and with Volunteers' Week from Thursday 1 - Wednesday 7 June, now is the ideal time to start. Volunteering can also make a real difference to your local community as well as create more social value in the city.

Explore Salford and discover an active city.

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