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Walking group gets helps from Ramblers

Posted 19 April 2010
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Walking group gets helps from Ramblers
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A walking group in south Wales has been established with help from the Ramblers, with the programme being used as a template for people trying to set up their own walking communities.

The Ramblers noted that its Communities on Foot toolkit has been enquired about by people looking to establish such groups all over the world, including as far away as the Australian capital Canberra.

It was pioneered among councils in the Neath Port Talbot area of south Wales, with an emphasis on health, better sleep and increased interest in the local area.

Participant in the scheme John Horrells said: "Walking gives you the freedom to soak up the local history, wildlife and the raw beauty of the narrow steep-sided slopes."

When the project was launched, the Ramblers stated that its intention was to use its partnership with One Voice Wales to get the scheme adopted by all 700 local councils in the principality.

Those donning walking shoes and seeking to enjoy the Welsh scenery may make particular use of its three national parks - Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast - which cover 19.9 per cent of the Welsh land surface.

Posted by Brandon Egley