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Walking group aims to break down barriers

Posted 10 November 2010
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Walking group aims to break down barriers
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A walking group aimed at breaking down barriers by getting people from different cultural and racial backgrounds to go walking together has been established in West Yorkshire.

The British Mountaineering Council has revealed it is one of the groups supporting the Onna Walks initiative, set up by local enthusiast Mumtaz Khan.

Further backing has come from Mountail Leader Training England, community cohesion body the Mosaic Project, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Girlington Community Association.

It has arranged its first walk for November 21st, focused on the Malham area, while places such as the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Wuthering Heights are on the December schedule.

The creation of walking groups may be one way to prompt people from black and ethnic minority groups to put on hiking boots and head to the countryside more, something the Mosaic project is trying to achieve.

November's edition of Trail Magazine features an article on one such group, which seeks to introduce the Lake District to Asians living in Preston.