Ramble your way to better Health!

June 1, 2015

What is the Big Pathwatch?

The Big Pathwatch is an exciting new project from the Ramblers which aims to get communities to survey all the rights of way—footpaths, bridleways and byways—in England and Wales to find out whether they are open and walkable – and where the best bits are! Why not strap on your walking shoes, download the Big Pathwatch app – or grab a pen and paper – and inspect our rights of way.

How can people get involved in the Big Pathwatch? 

It’s easy to take part in the Big Pathwatch:

1) From 13 July, visit: www.ramblers.org.uk/BigPathwatch

2) Download the free app

3) Choose your grid square

4) Walk every path in the grid square and use the app the tell us what you find

Don’t have a smartphone? No problem – you’ll be able to print off a survey card, complete it and upload the results to our website.

Did you know?

  • Regular walking can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and some cancers by between 20% and 50%.
  • Walking can reduce the chances of developing depression by up to 30%.
  • As a sociable, inclusive and free activity, walking helps improve our sense of community and build social networks.

In England and Wales we have a heritage unique in the world: a network of 140,000 miles of public rights of way where we can walk, cycle and horse-ride. Our paths take us through stunning scenery, rural tranquillity, picturesque townscapes – they give us fresh air, raise our spirits, offer exercise and recreation and green transport; they cut the nation’s health bill and they boost the urban and rural economy.

About the Ramblers

The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. We are the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to  get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness.


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