Walking resolutions for 2014

Happy walkers

We’ve come up with twelve walking-related resolutions for the coming year and we’d love to hear what yours are too. Take a look at our list and tweet us yours @RamblersGB using the hashtag #walkingresolutions or leave us a comment below.

Leave the car at home

Make use of public transport to get to the start of your walk or see if you can car-share if you’re walking as part of a bigger group.

Look after your soles

Make a promise to keep your trusty trainers or well-worn walking boots clean rather than leaving them covered in mud to deal with another day.

Invest in new kit now

January is a great time to take advantage of discounts at a range of outdoor stores, including our recommended retailer Cotswold Outdoor, which could save you money later in the year.

Learn to read a map

Instead of relying on others to lead the way, why not learn the basics of map reading and start planning your own walking adventures.

Take on a challenge

Britain is blessed with long-distance walking routes including the epic Wales Coast Path, National Trails in England and Wales and Scotland’s Great Trails that are sure to challenge you.

Introduce someone new to walking

Share your love of the outdoors with a friend, family member or even someone you work with by inviting them on a walk or recommending Ramblers membership.

Walk as you work

Include walking in your working day, either by replacing part of your commute with a walk or taking a short stroll at lunchtime to stretch your legs.

Make a wildlife diary

If you regularly walk the same route, make it more interesting by noting down what flora and fauna you spot along it over the next 12 months.

Walk as a family

Get in the habit of going for a walk (however short or long) as a family and benefit from free and fun time spent together in the fresh air.

Explore from your own front door

Take time to discover your local area - around every corner hides a potential treasure from an inviting path to an interesting landmark.

Don’t ignore a problem

If you spot a problem when out walking, don’t leave it to someone else to report it, let us know about it as soon as possible so we can help resolve it.

Make it a large

What could be better than a whole week or long weekend spent out on the trail? If you’ve not been on a walking break before why not see what our holiday partner HF Holidays has to offer.