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Ramblers Scotland will be encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy a short walk as part of the Ramblers Get Walking Week from May 4 to May 11 - aiming to get 100,000 people to their feet.

Ramblers Scotland knows that getting more people out walking will lead to healthier and happier lifestyles, so this May they’re making it easier than ever to take those first steps.

With it being the Year of Natural Scotland, there is no better time to get outdoors and get active in beautiful surroundings – from walking in the countryside or along the coast, to exploring green spaces in towns and cities.

During Get Walking Week a number of Ramblers Scotland groups will be leading free short walks of five miles or less led by experienced walk leaders, and they’re also encouraging people to step out with family or friends for a short walk by following their easy, 12 step walking plan.

Walking has endless benefits, especially brisk walking:- it’s good for your health; it lifts your mood; it is a fun, social activity that almost anyone can do without any specialist gear or equipment; it’s easy to fit into busy lifestyles; and you can start slowly and build up gradually – just to name a few.

Dr Andrew Murray, President of Ramblers Scotland said: “We’ve seen so many different people benefit from regular walking and we know it can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

“We hope people in Scotland will take steps to a healthier and happier lifestyle with us by joining one of Ramblers Scotland’s short walks during the week, or setting out to explore the outdoors on a short walk with family or friends for Get Walking Week.”

For more information visit www.ramblers.org.uk/getwalkingweek. Stay updated on twitter by following #walkweek.

Find out more about the handy 12 week walking plan by visiting Ramblers Scotland’s Take 30 website: www.take30.co.uk.