Jericho Green Blue Health Route

Jericho is a suburb of Oxford rich in history. Centered on Walton Well Road, the area includes a reach of the Oxford Canal, and abuts the Observatory Quarter leading to Oxford City Centre.

In 2016, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare secured a grant from the Postcode Local Trust, to create a Green Health Route in the area. The Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Green Health Routes inspire and empower people to take control of their health by realising the joint benefits of walking, contact with nature, and connection with their localities. In Jericho our route begins and ends at the Health Centre, enabling people to access the route directly from consultation with their doctor. As well as the parks and gree spaces publicly accessible within Jericho, this route also includes a stretch of the canal towpath, which deliveres a fantastic sense of separation from the city, and many of the area's community centres and cafes, which can add a social element to the walk.

Local people have been involved in creating the walk, through a consultation event at Jericho Street Fair in 2017, where over 50 people visited our stall to comment on the proposals.

The walk has been mapped using our new interactive mapping tool, and will also be available as a printed leaflet and downloadable map.

Future plans for the route include group sessions with local schools, and engagement with Oxford City Council's Health Walks programme to enable more people to realise the benefit of this great local initiative.



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