A summer of walking – and on into autumn

Have you heard about the Britain on
Foot
campaign?
The aim of this campaign is simple: To encourage more people in Great Britain
to get active outdoors. This could mean walking to work, hillwalking,
geocaching with the family, trail running or mountaineering.

16747pre_3f1f28f39c30a33With a website, as well as Facebook
and Twitter platforms, people can “meet” and communicate with other like-minded
people and also find out about activities and events as part of the Britain on
Foot initiative.

What’s good about walking?

Walking is great for your heart, lungs, circulation and the
mind. It’s also one of the simplest yet most effective forms of exercise. So
whether you want to up the pace, rise to new walking challenges or keep it to a family friendly stroll, your health
will benefit from walking.

Get up, get out and get Britain on Foot

With summer fading and autumn just
around the corner many of us need even more encouragement to get out on foot.
Joining a walking event or getting together with others to walk can be a great
way to boost your motivation to walk. And remember that as the days become darker,
walking is one of the best ways to improve your mood because it elevates
serotonin levels.

Join a walking event

Here we bring you a selection of
walking events for late summer.

Walk Ten: This is a series of events taking place
across Britain that will get you walking and raising funds for Marie Curie
Cancer charity.

Corwen Walking Festival: From August 31 to
September 1, this festival offers a range of walks from a history-focused
walk around Corwen to a high-level ridge walk along the Berwyn. There are
guided walks on both days with the choice of shorter of full-day outings.

Project R: Get out and take part in Regatta’s Project
R. Sign up by August 31
to have the chance to enjoy
the outdoors adventure. If you are chosen you’ll gather with hundreds of Regatta volunteers to take part in a huge
photoshoot in a secret location in Greater Manchester on September 15. This is
your chance to cement your place in Regatta’s history – and enjoy the great
outdoors.

Day walk on the Chiltern Way: Join a walk of just over 11 miles on the Chiltern
Way on September 1. The circular walk heads between Buckland Common and Cow
Roast starting and finishing at Wigginton. The pace will be moderate with 230m
of ascent and descent.

Gritstone Edges & Moorland: Walk a fabulous
route on September 7 with Peak Walking Adventures. Explore the amazing
gritstone edges of the Dark Peak. The
moorland heather should also be in flower for this moderate-graded walk. The walk of 5.5
miles  involves some hills and short
sections may be steep.

Ben Nevis Challenge: Climb the
highest mountain in Britain (summit top 1,344 metres) and raise funds for
Breast Cancer Care at the same time. The challenge can be undertaken on
September 13 to 15 or September 14 to 16. The Ben Nevis Challenge totals a little over
nine miles of trekking (up the mountain and back down again) and after a day on
the mountain, you’re sure to feel proud and inspired by what you have achieved.

South-East Cornwall Walking Festival: Taking place from September
14 to 21, this popular annual festival offers a host of guided walks to suit a
range of abilities.

Ross Walking Festival: Located in the beautiful Forest of Dean,
this festival takes place from September 27 to
29.  There are lots of walks to suit all abilities.

Tell us about where you have or will be walking this summer.

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