In preparation for this year’s Bristol Walking Festival (1st-31st May 2015), people now have online access to over one hundred recommended walking routes around the city.
Every step counts has added its one hundredth Bristol walking route to a free downloadable map on the Ramblers website www.ramblers.org.uk. These walks, along with thousands of others from across the country, are available for free within the interactive map on the website.
Every step counts is a project that was created to trial a new model for walking groups; which could help to that often struggle to get active and stay active. The project has been running in Bristol for 18 months now. As part of the project, a team of dedicated volunteers have been out exploring some of the green spaces and lesser known byways that our city has to offer to compile the perfect list of local walks. Together they have created 100 walking routes which are available to all online with descriptions, maps, photos and risk assessments.
Every step counts is run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support and was funded by Big Lottery for the initial 18 months. Now it’s become a successful model, which has engaged nearly 300 walkers during 17 walking programmes in Bristol alone, it is to be rolled out nationally to the 350+ Walking for Health schemes in England.
Walking routes have been mapped on Ramblers Route, a programme which gives people access to a large national database of walking routes. Many of the 100 new routes in Bristol are accessible routes, and there are also some longer routes available which are up to three miles long for more confident walkers.
If you are looking for a walk in Bristol, you can register for free at www.ramblers.org.uk. Once you’ve logged in, enter Bristol in to ‘where do you want to walk?’ and have a look through to find the walk that best suits you.
For more information on Bristol Walking Festival, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/page/adult-care-and-health/bristol-walking-festival