The Ramblers will be hosting Great Britain’s biggest ever short walks festival from 4 – 11 May in a drive to get more people discovering the wonder of walking in 2013. This festival is supporting Britain on Foot, a campaign to encourage more people in Britain to get active in the great outdoors.

The Ramblers believes walking is one of the best ways to get people feeling healthier and happier, and we’re making it easier than ever to make a start. During Get Walking Week, there’ll be thousands of free short walks of 5 miles or less led by experienced walk leaders all throughout Scotland, Wales and England. A variety of walks will go through countryside, cities, and coast – the perfect opportunity to discover the freedom, fresh air and fitness that comes with exploring the great outdoors.

Simon Barnett, Director of Walking Programmes at the Ramblers said: “We want to fill this year with countless opportunities for people to get more active. Walking has so many benefits – you can improve your physical and mental health, spend time outdoors and enjoy the company of others – and Get Walking Week is a way to encourage people to make a start. We hope that joining one short walk will lead to many more miles in the future.”

In England, Ramblers groups will be leading plenty of walks for all to enjoy. Walking for Health, which is hosted by the Ramblers in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, will also be inviting people across the country to walk with their local schemes, to help them get walking and stay active.

In Wales during the weekend of 4-6th May Ramblers Cymru will be hosting the Big Welsh Walk – inspiring families to take to their feet for some quality family fun outdoors.

In Scotland there’ll also be a variety of short walks to choose from, and with it being the Year of Natural Scotland, there is no better time to get outdoors and get active in beautiful surroundings.

So wherever you are in Britain, make sure you’re taking steps to a healthier, happier you by getting active for Get Walking Week.

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