LETTER: Great time to get out and get walking!


People in the East Midlands are being encouraged to get out on their feet and discover the wonders of walking during the Ramblers’ biggest-ever free short walks festival from May 3-10.

Get Walking Week makes it easier for people to take their first steps into walking, which leads to a happier and healthier lifestyle. During the week the Ramblers will be offering free short walks in the East Midlands, giving people a taster of what walking is all about.

Although walking is very straightforward, the benefits are endless. It’s good for your health, it lifts your mood, it’s a sociable activity you can do with family or friends and a great way to meet new people. It also counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity people should be doing each week.

We’ve seen first-hand what a positive impact regular walking can have on people’s lives so we are keen to open up opportunities to everyone so they can benefit too.

We want as many people as possible to step out on one of our short walks during Get Walking Week so that they can experience the benefits walking has to offer. You don’t need any special equipment to join in and all our walks during the festival are free, so why not find a walk near you and take those important first steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle?

If you’d prefer to head out on your own time with friends and family, then we have hundreds of free routes throughout Great Britain on our Ramblers Routes that you can download – and hundreds more available if you become a member.

Ramblers groups will be leading plenty of walks throughout the East Midlands for everyone to enjoy. To find a walk to go on, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/getwalkingweek.

Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, will also be inviting people in the East Midlands to walk with their local schemes, to help them get walking and keep walking. To find your nearest health walk scheme, visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder

Simon Barnett

Director of walking development at the Ramblers