We should all be walking more, whatever the weather, Mr Morris said

We should all be walking more, whatever the weather, Mr Morris said

The boss of the Ramblers in Scotland said people should be encouraged to walk from sofa to summit.

Dave Morris today welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s national walking strategy at an event near Falkirk.

Speaking at the Helix project, the charity’s director said: “We welcome the commitment and support being given to the national walking strategy by Shona Robison, cabinet secretary for sport and Commonwealth Games, and by Michael Matheson, minister for public health.

“The strategy is a vital element in delivering legacy benefits from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“We should all be walking more, from sofa to summit, from cradle to grave, whatever the weather. This strategy will guide us along the path to making Scotland one of the fittest nations on the planet. Walking is the key to better lifestyles, better health and a better environment.

“Over 10 years ago the Scottish Parliament passed the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, securing for all time rights of public access to our land and water which are among the best in the world.

“Now we must use those rights to deliver a fit and active nation. This year Scotland is demonstrating how a major international sporting event can be used to stimulate action to improve the health of the whole nation.

“The 10-year action plan which will emerge from this strategy will show all those involved in events such as World Cups and Olympic Games how to get people more active, at whatever age and in whatever circumstances.

“If Scotland can do it, so can everyone else. It is a small step from a walk down the street to kicking a football across a stadium.”

He urged Ms Robison to ensure all Scottish Government departments get behind the plan and work towards removing barriers to access and to developing path networks.

He welcomed recent announcements of funding for more walking and cycling routes, and the proposed £6m allocation for footpaths in CAP reform plans.

Mr Morris also announced the launch of the Ramblers’ 100th walking hub for medal routes, which are funded by Paths for All, Scottish Natural Heritage and Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

“Ramblers Scotland will be returning to the Helix to launch our 100th walking hub for medal routes,” he said.

“These hubs provide easy walks for everyone. We will unveil our bronze, silver and gold routes for anyone to enjoy a 15-, 30- or 60-minute walk in and around the Helix centre.”

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