GM Walking Festival 2021

In May 2021 we will be holding the next walking festival! More info coming soon!

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Let’s Walk Fest Fortnight - New for October 2020

Our GM Walking festival from 12th-25th October launched the use of our 'Let's Walk' activity toolkit website. 'GM Walks around the World' was our combined walking goal, which we are still able to log walks against this total.

Let’s Walk Fest 2021 – Walk This May!

No matter whether you’re a stroller, roamer, shuffler, moocher or a marcher the Let’s Walk Fest had something for you. The Fest fortnight was a great opportunity to set yourself (or your family) a walking goal and discover the simple joys and benefits of walking.

We are planning to hold a GM Walking Festival again in national walking month, May 2021.

Due to the uncertainties around the restrictions that will be in place at that time this will be in a virtual format this year.

It will be predominantly a selection of challenges, activities and ideas on our website which can be utilised on a #WalkFromHome, on an individual basis, and in small groups when restrictions allow.

We are just working on plans and ideas around this, how it will look and feel, and how people can get involved.

Watch this space – More info on how you can take part coming soon!

Participants by Area - 2020

Manchester and Stockport had the highest number of people logging activities, with those living outside of Greater Manchester (perhaps taking part via their workplace) and Oldham following close behind.

Most popular activities - 2020

All of the 19 activities appealed to the Let's Walk audience and had people logging their walks. The most popular goal was 10,000 steps per day, followed by Mile A Day. Car swaps, walking commutes, photography walks and greenspace walks all fed into some of these totals.
And most people preferred to log their walks in steps, then distance and time spent walking being third choice.

Celebrate good times!

Together we made every step count in October 2020. On your journey we hope you had fun and discovered the simple joy of walking. Every achievement is to be celebrated and because we love a certificate, we’ve created a downloadable one that you can hang on your wall.

Download and print your Festival Certificate of Achievement

Download yours here

Here are some of your fabulous walk photos

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Don’t stop me now, I’m havin’ a good time!

Don’t stop now – if you’ve been bitten by the walking habit and had a great time then you can find route ideas here and walking inspiration here

If you’d like to feedback any comments about the Walk Fest or just want to say hi to our lovely team, stay connected and follow us @gmwalks or drop us an email at

Stay safe and carry on walking!

Key Features of how the ‘Let’s Walk’ Toolkit works

  • 1 mile = 2000 steps
  • Walking activity can also be entered as a time e.g. 20 minutes.
  • The website will calculate how far has been walked in that time.
  • Any amount of time counts! Any walking – #ThatCounts!
  • You can take part in more than one activity.
  • But please don’t enter the same walking activity for more than one goal!
  • Participants can use a phone, tablet or computer to enter their walking activity
  • Don’t forget to Log in (link here) and add your walk as soon as you get home! 

What matters is that if they are feeling well and are able, everyone still has the opportunity to have fun as they move and walk – realising the many health and wellbeing benefits of being more physically active. There's plenty of walking activity ideas over on our 'Let's Walk' website.

Join in!

Inspire your family & help raise money for charity...

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on charities and at the same time has shown us all how much we need one another and are stronger together.
The Let’s Walk Fest team wanted to spread the joy of walking across Greater Manchester and we thought it would be great if we could combine the Fest with an opportunity for participants to raise some money for local causes too and spread the joy a bit further. More news on your fundraising efforts soon!

Want to record your walks, but no access to a phone, tablet or PC?

  • Use our log sheet (below) to print off and manually record your walks
  • Get someone to register on your behalf and input your walks into the website

Activity sheet for manually recording your walks

Download the sheet

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