Last year I was delighted to be asked to be President of the Greater Manchester and High Peak Ramblers. Last weekend was the AGM where I was asked to speak about issues affecting rambling.
Our local councils are facing very deep cuts in Government support which is making it extremely difficult for them to prioritise the footpath network against needs like social care and safeguarding children. I was therefore very impressed with the work the Greater Manchester and High Peak Ramblers Area Groups are doing in working with local councils to keep the footpath network open.
The Ramblers already has a few teams working with local councils to help clear footpaths as part of their commitment to keeping the footpath network open. They plan set up teams across the remaining authorities in Greater Manchester to ensure the footpaths are kept clear for people to walk on.
I also spoke about the health benefits of walking and the role the Ramblers have to play in promoting walking for both health and enjoyment. Walking is extremely important for the nation’s health, particularly in tackling obesity and improving mental health.
Joining local groups, like the GM and High Peak Area Ramblers is a cost effective way to keep fit, stay healthy and work to prevent many causes of ill health. Exercise also improves well-being and just makes you feel good! On top of that, it’s a great opportunity to meet with new people, socialise and explore hitherto undiscovered parts of your local area.