HUDDERSFIELD area people are being urged to get walking to burn off their Christmas pudding.

More than 400 walks will be taking place across the country to encourage more people to get moving.

The free walks are being organised by the Ramblers' Association until next Tuesday as part of its festival of winter walks.

The walks will be led by association members but are open to everyone.

The nearest walk will start at 11am on Sunday from Station Road, Mirfield.

Everyone is invited to join in the five-mile trek.

Ruth Wembridge, head of membership at the Rambler's Association, said: "Christmas is a time for family.

"But it's easy to get fed up once the excitement is over and you're stuck inside with nothing to do but eat left-over turkey.

"Wrapping up warmly and enjoying a brisk stroll in the fresh air is a great way of escaping that cooped-up feeling, while spending quality time with your family and friends away from the TV."

Her comments come after medical research revealed how regular walking can reduce the chance of coronary heart disease by half.

It also helps to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight.

For a full list of the walks being organised in this area log on to

Anybody who takes part in one of the walks will be entitled to discounted membership of the association.