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National Walking Month 2024

by Richard Howlett
Published 01/05/2024
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Last week I was cursing the weather, as the rain dampened every single morning of school and nursery drop offs, but not today! Today, the sun was shining and the skies were blue. Sure, there was a cool wind blowing, but it was certainly an improvement, and I can see warmer days on the horizon.

In fact, the warmer days of May are nicely timed for National Walking Month 2024, hosted by Living Streets.

How can I take part in National Walking Month?

All images courtesy of Living Streets
Walking not only provides the obvious physical health benefits, but a lot of mental health benefits too. Being out walking or wheeling in your own community can help us to feel less isolated and alone, plus that sunshine and fresh air can really help to boost your mood.

To take part in National Walking Month, all you need to do is get out and walk more! It really is as simple as that. Are there any car or bus journeys you can swap for walking? Or is there a spare 20 minutes in your lunch break where you can get outside instead of sitting on the couch watching repeats of Doctor Who?

Living Streets are asking people to #Try20, offering up 20 tips to help you fit in 20 minutes of walking into your day. This includes simple things like walking to the shops instead of driving, as well as more adventurous suggestions like doing a scavenger hunt. You’ll find all the tips here, including links to more information around each tip, and a handy checklist!

Walk To School Week 2024

As part of National Walking Month, Living Streets also hosts Walk To School Week from 20th - 24th May. This initiative is aimed at getting school pupils walking to school every day for a whole week, when they might normally go in the car or on the bus. This year's theme is ‘The Magic of Walking’, and highlights the magic of nature, movement, happiness, friendship and community. Schools can order classroom packs here to help inspire and reward pupils.

Walking inspiration

We’ve written a few blogs about walking in the past, so if you’re struggling to get up and get yourself outside this National Walking Month, then here are a few articles that might inspire you:

- 5 of the Best Church Walks in the UK

- Top 10 Waterfalls to visit in the UK

- Top 10 walks in the UK
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