Imagine if all of Britain’s town and cities truly put pedestrians first. If every resident’s natural impulse was to walk whenever they left their front door to make a short journey. If you were more connected to the place where you live and the other people who live there. It’s a bold vision, but an inspiring one.
We want to make walking in towns and cities the easy option. The way you get to the shops, take the kids to school, go to work. Walking is great for your mental health and wellbeing, the best way to get more exercise every day and it’s good for the environment too. And you discover so much more from your doorstep when you’re on foot.
We’re calling on local authorities to improve walking infrastructure, and to make walking in towns and cities the easy option.
There are many neighbourhoods across the country that are already great for walking, so we launched the first ever Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood award to celebrate them.
After over 12,000 votes were made for our ten nominees, Hastings Old Town emerged as the winner.
Find out more about the 2018 award – and how to nominate your own neighbourhood for the 2019 award – on our dedicated Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood page.
Voting for the 2018 Award has now closed. Find out who made our shortlist and who the winner is.
Who has been crowned the 2018 winner?
Find out how we can make towns and cities better for walking.
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On 3 May 2018, elections will be taking place in many local councils in England.
Local councillors make a lot of the decisions that affect walking in our neighbourhoods, from approving planning applications, to maintaining streets and protecting parks and urban green spaces. That’s why we need your help to show local councillors why improving urban walking spaces is so important.
This spring, we'll be launching our Walking Charter and asking for your support in lobbying your councillor candidates to get them to sign-up to the Charter. Even if you don’t have local elections, you can still email your local councillor to ask them to sign up to the Charter. Get in touch if you’d like tips on how to do this.
Following the public vote, Hastings Old Town scooped the award.