Explore the North East using Active Travel this Half-Term!

Half-term is fast approaching, and we’re here to help you get out and get active, while keeping the whole family entertained during the school holidays.

If you’re struggling to find things to do that won’t break the bank, look no further than Go Smarter, Go Active’s FREE Active Travel Days Out Guides and Interactive Maps to occupy your time and make lasting family memories.

Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee said “The Go Smarter, Go Active tools encourage more sustainable, active travel, reducing the reliance on travelling by car- and are the perfect resources to help families leave the car at home and discover the rich heritage and culture that is on their doorstep on foot or by bike.

“As well as guaranteed family fun, the guides encourage greater use of active travel and play a significant part in helping families to reduce their own carbon footprint during the half-term holiday and beyond. This all helps to deliver our transport ambitions, which are outlined in the region’s Transport Plan.”

There are 16 fun-filled Days Out Guides for you to try. Packed with fun facts, folklore and history, all of the guides are illustrated in a way that brings each of the areas they cover to life! Designed to be walked or cycled, there are shorter routes, ideal for families with young children, and longer cross-boundary routes for those looking to make a day of it. Each guide is designed to help you discover amazing and perhaps previously uncovered parts of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland- offering an abundance of options for half-term days out, whether you’re wanting to explore your local area or somewhere completely new.

All of the guides are educational, bursting with stories and anecdotes about some of the region’s most impressive landmarks, beaches, market towns and beautifully preserved countryside. Many of the guides are also suitable for wheeled pedestrians, those with limited mobility and people bringing pushchairs. Simply check the suitability key on each guide for more information. Download the guides for free at: gosmartergoactive.co.uk

If you are keen to make your own adventures, why not use our free Interactive Walking and Cycling Map to plan the best route to get you to your chosen destination. The map brings together all of the walking and cycling routes in the whole of the North East- presenting unlimited possibilities for active journeys during the school holidays! Download a map for free at:gosmartergoactive.co.uk

If you try out a Days Out Guide or use any of the maps to explore this half-term, make sure you take a photo and tag us on social media so we can share in your fun.

The Go Smarter, Go Active campaign is being delivered on behalf of the North East Joint Transport Committee by Transport North East, working in partnership with the seven North East Local Authorities. Funding for the campaign is being provided by the government’s Active Travel Fund.

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