Due to Covid 19 lockdown, it is with regret that we have had to cancel the GM Walking Festival scheduled for May 2020.
But that does not mean we can't celebrate walking during May! Living Streets' National Walking Month kicks off on Friday 1st May.
With many of us appreciating the chance to get out for a walk more than ever, we’re hoping National Walking Month will provide a fantastic opportunity to shout about the benefits of the simple act of walking.
Throughout the month, we'll be encouraging people to #Try20 – walk for 20 minutes a day as part of their daily exercise. We have produced twenty #Try20 tips to help people walk safely during COVID-19 lockdown and to give advice on how to keep their daily exercise interesting, with activities for families, people working from home and those who are restricted to indoor exercise.
Living Streets’ will also releasing podcasts with contributions from Professor Shane O’Mara, Chris Boardman, Lee Craigie, Lee Waters and other inspirational people talking about the joys of walking.
We’d love it if you could join us in celebrating #National Walking Month and #Walk this May your own way!
Inspire your family & help your community...
If you are feeling well and can get out, you may be able to incorporate walking into your day, to help or inspire your local community during the COVID 19 outbreak. It’s not all about muddy boots and long hikes. It's about physical and mental heath and wellbeing. Just getting out for half an hour in the fresh air can remind you how joyful walking is.
For the selfie takers, how about an alternative selfie tour of places on your doorstep? Post them online for your friends to guess the location
Could you take a bin bag and do a litter-picking walk?
Could you offer to walk someone’s dog, if they are unable to leave their home?
Or walk to your local shops to pick up their shopping?
Could you showcase a walk route on our website which highlights your local points of interest or scenic spots?
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.