People's Postcode Lottery and The Ramblers announced today a £200,000 award from players towards a new nationwide walking festival to promote healthier lifestyles.

The Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth said, "We are thrilled to announce our new funding award, which will allow us to launch a unique and exciting walking festival next year, giving people more opportunities than ever to step into walking and get on track to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

"At a time when physical inactivity is a public health problem on a scale comparable to smoking and there's unprecedented pressure on the NHS, it's vital that people have the opportunity to get active through walking and experience the many benefits.

"That's why we will be launching a new walking festival in 2016, with a walk to suit everyone. We're enormously grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery. Together we will get more people walking and create happier, healthier communities."

Although walking is very straightforward, the benefits are endless. It's good for your health, it lifts your mood, it's a sociable activity you can do with family or friends and a great way to meet new people. It also counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity people should be doing each week.

The Ramblers' new relationship with players of People's Postcode Lottery will allow more people to take their first steps into walking and the healthier, happier lifestyle walking can bring.

The funding will encourage The Ramblers to continue its vital work of helping everyone, everywhere enjoy walking.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support The Ramblers with their exciting new walking festival in 2016, and we are proud that players can play a vital role in getting more people out walking."

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The Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth happily accepts a cheque for £200,000 from People's Postcode Lottery Trusts Manager Stephanie Kerr