A new project that encourages youngsters to walk to school has been introduced in Whitehill & Bordon as part of the Healthy New Town programme.

The My Journey ‘Park and Stride’ scheme, coordinated by Hampshire County Council with support from the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company and East Hampshire District Council’s Healthy New Town programme, encourages parents and students of Bordon Infant and Junior Schools to either walk to school from their homes or park in one of the four designated car parks and walk from there.

Park and Stride is being implemented in Whitehill & Bordon to encourage healthy and active lifestyles. Walking to school is great for boosting brain power, becoming street savvy, enjoying quality family time and saving money. 

Children need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day and walking to school is an excellent way of doing this, for every minute you walk – this is about 100 steps. 

The four car parks that are available to use for the Park and Stride initiative are: 

  • Hampshire Road car park which has a capacity of 12 spaces and is 300 metres from the schools.
  • Garrison Pool car park which has a capacity of 30 spaces and is a 60 metre walk to the schools.
  • Guadeloupe car park, has 15 spaces and is a 600 metre walk to the schools.
  • Martinique car park which is only available until 8:45am for Park and Stride, this car park has 10 spaces and is 300 metres from the schools. 

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “This is an excellent way of incorporating exercise into people’s every day lives.  

“We are totally committed, here at East Hampshire District Council, to helping people, especially children, live as active lives as they can. 

“I encourage all families to get involved in the scheme and help make Whitehill & Bordon an even healthier town!”

Park and Stride in a Healthy New Town