Help us make it easier for everyone to enjoy walking ahead of May’s elections

Green walking routes and nature-rich spaces encourage people to get outside and get active – whether it’s our footpath network, an urban park or local streets filled with trees. Walking in high quality nature-rich places improves our health and happiness and helps us relax and unwind.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how important access to green space is. Many people are walking more often or have discovered the joy of walking in local green spaces for the first time. That’s something to be celebrated.

But access to green space is unequal

Too many people across our communities live more than five minutes’ walk from high quality green space. Many are put off from visiting green spaces by poorly-maintained paths, heavily-trafficked roads, or simply not knowing where to go.

6 May 2021 sees the biggest set of elections across England, Scotland and Wales we’ve had outside of a General Election. Most of our councils will elect new representatives and many of our big cities will have the opportunity to elect metropolitan mayors.

We want to make it easier for everyone to enjoy walking in nature. That’s why we are calling on councils to improve our path network, create new green walking routes, and support people to get walking.

Please help us make it easier for people to walk in contact with nature by asking your local council and councillors to sign up to our manifesto. You can find out who your local councillors are by visiting www.writetothem.com and typing in your postcode.

Local election manifesto cover 2021

 

London and Greater Manchester

We've also launched manifestos for the mayoral elections taking place in London and Greater Manchester.

In London we are asking the new mayor to commit to creating six new green walking routes that will provide walking links between green spaces, create greener streets and help revitalise the network of existing routes such as the Capital Ring and Thames Path. Londoners can let them know you support our call, by contacting them today.

In Greater Manchester, data from Greater Manchester Combined Authority shows that only 44% of people across Greater Manchester live within a five-minute walk of green space. That’s why we are calling on mayoral candidates in May’s elections to commit to creating a new green walking route in each of Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs. If you live in Greater Manchester, please let contact the candidates know you support the creation of new green walking routes.

Can you show us your favourite green walking routes?

We’d also like you to send us your photos of your favourite green walking routes near where you live. Next time you’re on a short walk from home, take some photos of your favourite walking spots and send them to us by email (campaigns@ramblers.org.uk) or Tweet us with them (@ramblersgb). We’re particularly looking for great walks that are close to home, and alongside some lovely bits of nature – be it a canal, a park or a river. Don’t forget to let us know your name and where the photos were taken.