Ramblers head to parliament to build a walking Britain

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison with Ramblers staff

Public health minister Jane Ellison MP with Ramblers staff

Yesterday we hosted a reception at parliament to talk to politicians about how they can help us build a walking Britain.

Over 35 MPs and peers from across the political parties - including public health minister Jane Ellison - joined us to talk about the policies they can put in place to support walking.

From completing the England Coast Path and supporting farmers who maintain their paths to tackling physical inactivity and protecting urban parks and green spaces – there’s lots that can be done to help build a walking Britain.

“Walking provides an effective, low-cost solution to many of today’s problems: it is good for our health, reduces healthcare costs and supports local economies, and it’s good for the environment and your local neighbourhood too” said Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth, speaking at the event.

“Despite this walking often remains overlooked and undervalued by policy makers and many of the benefits it offers are not yet being fully realised” he added.

Over the course of the next year - in the run up to the 2015 general election - we will be working with parties to help them develop their manifestos to support and encourage walking. Our local groups will also continue to step out 'walking and talking' with their local candidates to help them understand the many benefits of walking.

At the event MPs were given an election trail survival kit with Kendal mint cake to keep them energised and walking socks - courtesy of our partner Cotswold Outdoors - to keep their feet comfortable as they pound the campaign trail.

For more information on our work to build a walking Britain visit our campaigns section.