A short walk in Brightlingsea, Essex, during last year's Get Walking Week
Our short walks festival runs from 3-10 May and there are lots of ways to get involved whether it’s joining one of our local walks, organising your own outing with friends and family or making a simple change to include more walking in your daily routine.
Only a third of us are active enough but it doesn’t have to be this way – walking is an easy and fun way to improve health and wellbeing and it’s free too, all you need is a good pair of shoes to get going.
During Get Walking Week we’ll be offering lots of ways for you start walking and keep doing it with Ramblers groups running short walks across the country and Walking for Health schemes in England inviting you to join them too.
“We want as many people as possible to step out on one of our short walks during Get Walking Week so that they can experience the benefits walking has to offer” said Simon Barnett, Director of Walking Development at the Ramblers.
If you’d prefer to organise your own walks there are lots of free to download short walking routes available in our online library and if you’re planning a walk in Scotland you can also choose from over two hundred short Medal Routes.
We’re also encouraging people to include more walking in their day to day lives throughout the month of May, whether it’s making short journeys on foot instead of in the car, making time for an after work stroll or walking to school.
And we’ve got lots of advice to help, whether it’s top tips to keep motivated or practical information so you can get the most from your walk. You can also read our reviews of the latest walking gear and walking books.
“We’ve seen first-hand what a positive impact regular walking can have on people’s lives so we're keen to open up opportunities to everyone so they can benefit too and take those important first steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle” added Simon.
Get Walking Week is supporting Britain on Foot, a call to encourage more people in Britain to get active in the great outdoors.