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Tom Franklin - Get Walking Day


I’ve just heard that we’ve now got more than 60 walks lined up for this year’s Get Walking Day.  This is the second time we’ve run the event – the idea is to always hold it on 30th May (which is 30/5, and so fits in with the minimum amount of exercise that experts recommend – 30 minutes, 5 times a week). 

All the walks are relatively short (between 2 and 5 miles), free, and run by experienced leaders.  The aim is to encourage people who don’t normally walk to give it a go.

60 walks is a good start. But there are over 500 Ramblers groups across Britain, and we’ve got almost three months to go – so I hope lots more groups put on ‘taster’ walks for the day.  Also, it would be great if groups could invite their local MPs or local councillors to join in – they can then see what local groups do first hand.

Get Walking Day is good for getting new people out walking.  But it’s also a great way to recruit new members!  To find out more, visit

Tom Franklin is chief executive of the Ramblers

  One Response to “Tom Franklin - Get Walking Day”

      At 5:24 pm on March 12th, 2009 John Sadler wrote:

    We now have over 80 walks planned for Get Walking Day!

    In addition, Ramblers Cymru are working with the Hay Festival to develop 30-minute walking maps.

    Ramblers Scotland will be launching a local community walking hub as part of the Walk Homecoming 2009 initiative. Dalgety Bay Ramblers will be leading a walk from Dalgety Bay Library on Get Walking Day and also promoting the library as their walking hub – a place in the community where three short walks have been identified, graded on bronze, silver and gold levels.

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