Suffolk takes more steps to walking

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More people in the county of Suffolk will find themselves leaving their cars at home and ditching public transport for short walks, over this next year.
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This is because today is the launch of the annual walking festival at RSPB Mismere, as part of Suffolk’s Year of Walking.
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It is shown that 45 percent of people will opt to use public transport rather than take a short walk says a report commissioned by the charity Living Streets.
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With the involvement of the University Campus Suffolk, ActivLives, Pigs Gone Wild, County Councillors, BBC Radio Suffolk presenter, Lesley Dolphin, and other local walking groups is a campaign filmed in order to present ways to encourage more walking in the Suffolk area.

Councillor Tony Goldson, a cabinet member for health, is enthusiastic about the year long project.

“You don’t have to be a regular walker, or a fitness enthusiast – it’s about incorporating walking in day-to-day life, from taking a lunch break to dropping children off at school.” says Goldson.

May is also National Walking Month, with lots of events available to get you into the swing of the exercise. Starting with the Suffolk Walking Festival, with over 70 different walk for various ages and abilities.

 Lesley Dolphin is launching the Walking Festival as the patron of the event. However she is also a supporter of the campaign as well.

“I have had the huge privilege of launching the walking festival over the past few years, and am thrilled that it’s gone from strength to strength.” the BBC Suffolk presenter says.

“I hope this year-long campaign will get even more people out and about to enjoy our incredible county.”
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 The Orwell Walk, Run and Cycle and Pigs Gone Wild will be two events in June to continue on the support of the campaign.
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Suffolk has around 3,500 miles of public footpaths to enjoy, and also two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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