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Romantic winter strolls motivate people to walk more

Taking time to enjoy a potentially romantic winter stroll topped a poll of what would motivate British people to walk more in 2022, according to research conducted by YouGov plc exclusively for the Ramblers, Britain’s largest walking charity. 

With Valentine’s Day approaching, 28% of poll respondents from across Great Britain said that walking with a date or their significant other would encourage them to do more walking this year than they did last year.

Yet love interests weren’t the only walking companions Brits said would help get them walking more. Families, friends, neighbours and pets are motivators too.

Good company and good conversation whilst out walking are increasingly being recognised for the mental health and well-being boost they offer.

Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of Brits (24%) valued the idea of ‘me time’ to walk alone as a key motivator for walking more during 2022.


These new statistics underscore the Ramblers’ firmly held belief that there are lots of different ways to enjoy getting out walking, whatever the time of year. Whether you’re a nature wanderer, adventurous hiker, or weekend walk and talker the Ramblers offers encouragement, inspiration and tips galore. #WalkYourWay.

Mark Crosby, Head of Operations for the Ramblers said:

“Whatever motivates you to get out walking, the Ramblers has lots of inspiration, advice and support available to walk your way. We want everyone to enjoy getting out for a walk, with all the health-boosting benefits that being outdoors in nature brings. Visit our website, contact your local group or follow us on social media – a warm Ramblers welcome awaits you!”  

Whilst the weather remains wintry and New Year resolutions relating to fitness and well-being increasingly falter, a free guide packed with seasonal walking challenges to complete with partners, dates, friends or family; a chance to find out what type of walker you are, plus lots of walking inspiration and tips is available to download from the Ramblers’ website until the end of February.

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