Step out in the North West
for the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks
PEOPLE in the North West are being
invited to step out with the Ramblers during its free, annual 'Festival of Winter Walks'
runs from 17 December 2016 to 8 January 2017, where walkers across the country will
leave footprints in the snow as they explore Britain at its wintry best.
With more ways than ever to get involved in Britain's biggest winter walking
festival, there's something for everyone in the North West to enjoy. Starting in
the build up to Christmas, the 'Festival of Winter Walks' marches right into the
New Year, with the following range of free activities on offer:-
► Ramblers groups will be leading hundreds of free walks taking place all over
Britain. These range from short festive strolls to blow away the cobwebs, right
up to whole day hikes to kick start New Year's resolutions, and everything in
► Short health walks, perfect for anyone taking their
1st steps into walking. In
England people can join Walking for Health, England's largest network of health
walk schemes, delivered in partnership by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer
For those who prefer to walk alone, or lead their own walks, festival routes are
available from Ramblers Routes, an online library of more than 2,500 of
Britain's best walks.
The Ramblers' director of walking development, Simon Barnett, said:-
"Winter is one of the best times to go out for a walk. There's something truly
magical about putting on your hat and gloves, heading out with your loved ones
and perhaps even being the first person to leave footprints in the snow.
Our popular Festival of Winter Walks is our Christmas gift to the nation, so
that everyone in the North West can enjoy the wonders of a winter walk. Our
walks during the festival are free, fun, friendly and open to everyone, so wrap
up warm and join us as we enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet."
The Ramblers has also launched a free online tracker that allows people to log
their walking activity, helping people to get active and stay on track with New
Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their 1st steps,
there are lots of badges and rewards for walking regularly, completing long
distances and reaching particular milestones. It could be walking every day in a
month, completing the equivalent of the length of the Cotswold Way or even
earning a Santa badge for walking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
Simon added:- "The Festival of Winter Walks is free and open to everyone,
but anyone who gets the walking bug can find
out more about becoming a Ramblers member
online. Our members enjoy access to over
45,000 group walks led by our volunteers each year, as well as exclusive walking
routes that can be downloaded and quarterly editions of Walk magazine. Your
membership will also be helping to protect the region's footpaths for
generations to come."
For further information about the Festival of Winter Walks and to browse the
festive walks or routes on offer visit:-