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Ramblers National Get Walking Weekend gets into the sporting spirit

The Ramblers is urging everybody in the country to get to their feet for this year’s National Get Walking Weekend. They’re making it easy with two days of free, fun family walks as Olympic fever sweeps the country. Get your family and friends involved and join ‘Get Walking for the Games’ from Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 May. Simon Barnett of the Ramblers said, “2012 is the year to get walking. It’s one of our nation’s favourite pastimes but best of all its easy, enjoyable and affordable. We can’t all be Olympic medalists, but we can get into the spirit of the Games and use it as inspiration to get active and contribute to a great atmosphere in the build up to the Olympic and Paralympics Games - what better way to get into the sporting spirit than by getting yourself and your family to their feet. There will be plenty of easy walks under 8km/5 miles taking place across the country, so bring your friends and family to enjoy a fun day out and you’ll soon want to fill all your weekends with walking!” If you're just getting started and especially if you want to walk regularly for health and fitness, The Ramblers Get Walking Keep Walking website at www.getwalking.org has loads of information and advice including an interactive 12 week walking plan - My Get Walking. Other Ramblers events include: Summer Evening Walks Festival – a new festival (1-31 July; nationwide) for 2012, which aims to make the most of longer days. Festival of Winter Walks - Britain’s biggest walking festival (22 December - 6 January 2013; nationwide) will see hundreds of winter-themed walks on offer, from short ambles to more demanding outings. The Ramblers is Britain’s walking charity. It works to make it easy for everyone to walk, whether in countryside, cities, hills, coasts and on or off the beaten track. It has a grass roots network of over 17,000 volunteers who work tirelessly for a walking Britain. For over 75 years, it has helped build and protect Britain’s 130,000 mile long path network, it runs over 38,000 walks a year, and campaigns for better walking routes and more walking opportunities. Stay tuned to www.ramblers.org.uk/walksfinder to find a walk near you. Facebook www.facebook.com/ramblers and Twitter twitter.com/RamblersGB plus www.ramblers.org.uk/scotland; www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

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