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Walking To Happiness

The Ramblers charity encourages people to get walking to improve their health and happiness

The Ramblers is a charity committed to helping everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protecting the places we all love to walk.

The Ramblers is dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces. They lead amazing walks, open up new places to explore, and encourage everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts health and happiness.

The charity protects, maintains and keeps an expert eye on every single path you walk. Because of them, you can explore the wilds of the Scottish countryside, walk along the pioneering Wales Coast Path, and enjoy England's stunning national parks and trails. Approximately 26,500 volunteers make this possible - from leading walks and clearing footpaths, to protecting and promoting parks and local green spaces.

In 2016, thanks to players, the Ramblers created a summer walking festival Walk About. At the festival, the charity invited everyone to join them for a walk. This resulted in 24,500 people benefiting from group walks, covering a staggering 195,000 miles across Britain. Walkers burned 14,469,000 calories – the amount contained in 361,725 jammie dodger biscuits!

Andrew was introduced to the Ramblers when he heard about Walk About. As a scout, Andrew grew up loving the great outdoors. He started walking from an early age, but stopped after retirement. A visit to the doctors revealed that he was at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Andrew had to take action and he knew that walking was the best exercise. He signed up to track his walking activity and to walk with the Ramblers, which helped him to stay motivated.

Andrew is now a Ramblers member and loves the sociable aspects of the group. "I began to walk regularly every week. After three months I returned to the nurse, who told me all my indicators for diabetes had halved – walking really is a wonder drug!"

This year, players supported Ramblers Cymru's Big Welsh Walk which encouraged walkers to challenge themselves and conquer the legendary landscape of Ceredigion.

Throughout winter, the Ramblers will get more people out walking during the Festival of Winter Walks. The charity plan and organise walks for all ages and abilities. Winter Walk Festival activities include fun festive-themed walks that children will love, leisurely strolls under 5 miles, and longer walks for those who enjoy a challenge.

Next year, thanks to players, the Ramblers will help even more people take their first steps to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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The Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks is giving more people the opportunity to get out into nature this winter
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