According to a YouGov survey we commissioned, an alarming 34% of people would not consider walking for more than 20 minutes when planning a journey.
The survey also discovered that only 40% of adults surveyed are walking more than the recommended amount of 150 minutes per week and, worryingly, more than a quarter of people (26%) are only walking, on average, for an hour or less per week.
With these results we are asking people to park their cars and to get out more on foot for our annual short walks festival - Get Walking Week.
One in four of the adult population are currently classed as physically inactive and this has severe health consequences.
“Walking is such an easy way for people to meet the recommended guidelines of getting 150 minutes of exercise per week, so it’s really worrying that inactivity levels are so high,” says Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth.
"During Get Walking Week (3-10 May) we’re asking people to think about how they can walk more. Making short journeys on foot is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into everyday life - rather than automatically jumping in the car or on the bus, use your feet instead.”
To help people take their first steps we’ll be offering lots of ways for you start walking and keep going, with Ramblers groups running short walks across the country and Walking for Health schemes in England inviting you to join them too.
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.