Pull on your boots, pack your rucksack and start planning now to make the most of the UK’s big push for everybody to enjoy walking. If the gym has been your route to fitness, then look outdoors to make the most of what the UK’s countryside can offer. We’ve got all the gear you’ll need to stay warm, comfortable and safe even in the hills.
Get Walking Week, 4 – 11 May 2013, is Ramblers’ short walks festival designed to help the nation discover the wonder of walking. Get Walking Week is part of 2013’s Britain on Foot campaign which is a year-long call to action to get the British public fitter, healthier and happier in the great outdoors. In Wales during the weekend of 4-6 May, Ramblers Cymru will be hosting the Big Welsh Walk – inspiring families to take to their feet for some quality family fun outdoors.
In England, Walking for Health, which is hosted by the Ramblers in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, will be inviting people across the country to join short, free and friendly walks with their local schemes, to help them get walking and stay active. It’s England’s national network of health walk schemes, offering free short walks over easy terrain led by trained walk leaders. The brainchild of GP Dr William Bird, who started leading health walks from his surgery in 1996, Walking for Health is now a national programme supporting around 600 local schemes across England that deliver a range of group walks for over 75,000 regular walkers.
Throughout Scotland, Wales and England, Ramblers’ groups will be extending invitations to join them on a variety of guided walks through countryside, cities and along the coast which are five miles or less. All of the walks will be led by trained walk leaders providing the perfect opportunity to discover the freedom, fresh air and fitness that comes with exploring the great outdoors.
Photo: Walkers above Croyde Bay, Devon. Credit: Neville Stannikk