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Chris Boardman puts best foot forward for Wellbeing Walk

17 May 2018

Wellbeing, walking and art were on the agenda yesterday for Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner.

Strollers at the Whitworth Art Gallery were joined by Chris Boardman, as he laced up his walking boots and joined in the Wellbeing Walk as part of the Walking Festival.

The month long festival, which kicked off on 1 May, is now offering 369 free guided walks exploring local towns, cities, countryside, canals, riversides and parks across Greater Manchester.

The festival is being coordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), with support from many local walking groups and charities, and aims to showcase all that the region has to offer.

Walks cater for all abilities and interests, whether it’s an easy-on-the-legs family story ramble through the Wigan countryside or a more challenging evening trek around Blackstone Edge to watch the sun set.

There are also some more quirky and imaginative walks to get involved in, such as a stroll around Peel Park with a bat detector or a wheelchair-friendly mountain trike ramble around Dovestone Reservoir.

Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, said: “The Walking Festival has many fantastic and free led events such as the Wellbeing Walk and I would strongly urge people to check out what’s happening in their area and get involved.

“Walking isn’t just about getting from A to B. There are obvious health, environmental and social benefits too, with recent studies indicating that walking briskly for 10 minutes a day can add years to your life.

“I hope that by encouraging people to get involved, they will find out how easy and enjoyable walking can be and will be inspired to continue walking regularly after the event has ended.

“I’d like to thank all our walking groups and walk leaders, many of whom are voluntary, who run all the walks and make this event possible.”
Funded by the Department for Transport, the Greater Manchester Walking Festival is part of TfGM’s Walking Works project, encouraging people to make a walk part of their daily routine.

Copies of the festival brochure, which has details of all the walks, are available in TfGM Travelshops and other outlets across Greater Manchester, or can be ordered by emailing

On social media, check out the GM Walking Festival Facebook page or search for the #TfGMWalking hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.