MP joins Isle of Wight Ramblers to explore local footpaths

On the walk, issues discussed included progress on coastal access, importance of volunteers in the big society, health benefits of walking, financial benefits of walking and sustainable transport.

Ramblers with Andrew Turner

Thanks to David from the Isle of Wight Ramblers for this latest update. Ed

Andrew Turner, the Island’s MP set out on a walk with the Island Ramblers to explore some of the local footpaths and talk about the fantastic benefits of walking.

The Ramblers are encouraging people on the Isle of Wight to make the most of opportunities right on their doorstep and start exploring their local area on foot, and enjoying all the added health benefits.

David Howarth, Area Chair of IW Ramblers said:

“We are very pleased that Andrew has joined us for a walk. We encourage everyone in the area to join us and step out to explore their local surroundings on foot to experience the many benefits of walking. Anyone is welcome to try two or three walks before joining the Ramblers.”

An active and varied walking programme
IW Ramblers has 550 members. Volunteers from the group help the Council to improve footpaths and also lead an active and varied walking programme. Walks of various lengths take place to suit everyone’s capabilities.

Andrew Turner said:

“Walking is one of the best ways to explore your local area and it’s been wonderful to be out walking with the Ramblers today. I hope that more people are able to get out and experience the many benefits that walking has to offer.”

Working with Macmillan Cancer Support
Ramblers has also taken over the running of the Walking for Health centre in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, which supports around 15 schemes on the Island that provide free, short led walks over easy terrain to help people become active and stay active.

Once you get started walking, there is plenty of advice on the Ramblers Website, including details of accessible trails and routes, and plenty of local walks.

Friday, 20th September, 2013 11:25am



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Mark L Francis
I don’t know if anyone remembers the legendary Harry Peel – he was a retired Durham Miner & lived in Lowtherville. He would walk the number of miles of his age each birthday well into his 80’s but he had little time for stragglers. I co-led one walk with him when we had the side of Culver Down looking like the retreat from Corunna & one guy… Read more »