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Sconce and Devon Park in Newark unveils fitness trail

People using fitness apparatus in Nottinghamshire park
Image caption The six-station course in the park has an abs bench, balance beams, leap frog and parallel bars

A park in Nottinghamshire steeped in Civil War history has a new fitness course.

The 600-metre course at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark has six apparatus, including an abs bench, balance beams, leap frog and parallel bars.

Newark and Sherwood District Council said it hoped to encourage visitors to keep fit and "learn about the history and significance of the area".

The park is home to the Queen's Sconce, a 17th Century Civil War fortification.

The ancient monument, which is star shaped when viewed from the air, is one of nine siege works in Newark and was used by Royalist forces to defend the town against Parliamentarian invaders.

Image caption The trail will be unveiled by the council

Councillor Nora Armstrong, cabinet member for parks and open spaces, said: "The new fitness trail will provide a challenge for those wishing to use the park to keep fit.

"Within our parks we aim to strike a balance between providing clean and safe open spaces for people to enjoy, as well as stimulation for those wishing to exercise or learn about the history and significance of the area."

Local company Physical Training Team is currently using the course at the park to hold boot camp-style fitness sessions.

In 2009, the park was regenerated using funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with new facilities including a bridge to the Sconce, signs about the history and ecology of the park, footpaths, a cafe and a play area.

The Friends of Sconce and Devon Park secured a £5,000 grant from the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society and park owners Newark and Sherwood District Council contributed £1,500 to install the fitness trail.

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