Greater Manchester Walking Festival returns for first time since the start of the pandemic

This Could, The Greater Manchester (GM) Walking Festival will start for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Coinciding with Nationwide Walking Month, greater than 200 free walks might be on provide.

The Let’s Stroll GM Walking Festival is a chance for individuals to stroll extra throughout the month of Could by becoming a member of in with a free programme of organised group walks. Kicking off on Sunday, Could 1, there might be a plethora of walks on provide, all of which think about distance, grading, proximity to public transport and accessibility by wheelchair, in addition to buggy-friendly walks and routes near cafes and pubs.

It comes as knowledge from Sports activities England’s Lively Lives survey confirmed that 30 % of adults in the area have been discovered to be lacking out on the advantages of motion throughout the top of the pandemic (Could 20-21). Which means they have been energetic for lower than half-hour every week, so this yr’s competition is encouraging extra individuals to get shifting.

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Louise Robbins, strategic lead at GM Walking mentioned: “This May we want to encourage more people to keep moving by exploring their local area, discovering new places to walk, socialising and having fun through walking. Our aim is to support people to walk regularly in their neighbourhoods and through the inspiring festival walks programme, to encourage more walking amongst those who are new walking.

“To help with motivation, there is a calendar people can use to keep track of their walks or miles. We also have hints and tips for walking all year round available on the GM Walking website.

“We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful region for enjoying the great outdoors. There are natural reserves, ancient woodland, and fantastic open spaces all within Greater Manchester. Much of this greenspace is tucked behind residential areas and we hope this May more people will discover it for themselves, by foot.”

The competition walks are offered by neighborhood teams, strolling teams and a spread of organisations working throughout Greater Manchester. That is the sixth GM Walking Festival, and the first since 2019.

This yr’s calendar of walks consists of ‘A Bee in Birchfield Park’, which takes place on Thursday, Could 19, for those that are excited by wild, honey bees; a Chicken ID stroll run by Metropolis of Timber on Thursday, Could 26, an invite to hear and look for birds in the timber at Whitworth Park; and the GM Walking Festival 2022 Celebration Stroll on Saturday, 28 Could, an 5-mile route which takes in the sights of Salford Quays, Ordsall Corridor and the Imperial Conflict Museum. Different occasions embrace a Castlefield picture stroll, a range of leisure walks in south Manchester and a collection of walks led by the MS Society.

In 2019, there have been an estimated 4800 attendances and greater than 350 walks. The complete programme of guided occasions is obtainable to view at the GM Festival web site.

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