Walking with MPs

In the lead up to the next election we’ve been out walking with MPs across England to show them what we do at a local level and tell them about our work for walkers everywhere.

The walks were a chance for MPs to meet some of their constituents in the relaxed and informal setting of a walk in their area, demonstrating just how many people enjoy walking and how important it is to local communities.

Our local groups have welcomed MPs from all the major parties on 16 walks so far and we’ll be inviting more MPs and candidates for the 2015 general election to walk with us soon.

We’ve had fantastic feedback from the MPs who’ve joined us. As well as thoroughly enjoying their outings, they’ve been encouraging more people to get walking, advocating the health benefits, praising our wonderful countryside and showing support for the England Coast Path.

“It’s been brilliant,” said Jesse Norman, Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, who did five walks with the Herefordshire Ramblers. “Walking is the cheapest and easiest way to keep fit and it’s also a great way to get to know people.”

“The Herefordshire scenery has been simply stunning,” continued Jesse. “Like many walkers, we have supported the local economy, by meeting at some excellent local pubs, truly one of Herefordshire’s best assets.” You can hear more about Jesse’s walks in his blog.

Take a look at some photos from our walks with MPs below.

The Tameside Ramblers with Jonathan Reynolds:

The Tameside Ramblers with Jonathan Reynolds

The Brighton and Hove Ramblers with Caroline Lucas:

The Brighton and Hove Ramblers with Caroline Lucas

The Stockport Ramblers with Andrew Stunnell:

The Stockport Ramblers with Andrew Stunnell

The Herefordshire Ramblers with Jesse Norman:

The Herefordshire Ramblers with Jesse Norman

The Burnley and Pendle Ramblers with Andrew Stephenson:

The Burnley and Pendle Ramblers with Andrew Stephenson

Charlie Elphicke during the Deal Walking Festival:

Charlie Elphicke during the Deal Walking Festival

The Canterbury Ramblers with Roger Gale:

The Canterbury Ramblers with Roger Gale

What the MPs had to say

I had a great evening walking with the Ramblers. We have some beautiful countryside on our doorstep, which everyone deserves the opportunity to appreciate. It would be great to see more political will behind projects to encourage people to get out and walk. That’s why, for example, I’m campaigning for funding for the England Coast Path to be completed.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion