Ramblers in South Cambs and North Herts are gearing up for the ever-popular Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks, which takes place this year from Friday 20th December to Sunday 5th January.
Stag Walkers are joining Ramblers groups across the UK in inviting people to join them for a free festive walk. The walks will give everyone the chance to enjoy magical winter landscapes in good company, meet new friends and relax, stress-bust and unwind.
Stag Walkers have a series of walks on offer during the festival, including a Sunrise to Sunset, 16-mile circular walk starting in Hitchin on Sunday 22nd December.
Walk: Sunrise-Sunset Hitchin-Whitwell Circular
Date: Sunday 22nd December 2019
Start time: 8.00
Description: The route explores the gently undulating countryside south of Hitchin, with two refreshment stops to rest, refuel and keep warm.
Distance: 16 miles
Starting point: Queen Mother Theatre car park, Hitchin, SG4 9SP
For the full list of Stag Walkers’ Winter Walks please visit:
Rebecca Dawson, Group Chair of the Stag Walkers, said: “Winter is a wonderful time to take some time out, go walking and enjoy the cold crisp air and striking frosty landscapes, and of course it’s a great way to burn off the effects of any festive over-indulgence! We’re looking forward to people walking with us.”
The Festival Of Winter Walks is organised by the Ramblers, the charity which helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. It’s the ideal ‘festive uplift’ – Ramblers’ research from winter 2017 found that nearly half (46%) of adults surveyed said they sometimes felt socially isolated or lonely.
TV presenter Fiona Phillips is backing the Festival Of Winter Walks. She is an ambassador for People’s Postcode Lottery, whose players raise money for the Ramblers and other good causes. She says: “A walk in the fresh air is good for the soul and it helps us to reconnect with nature at this time of year. The festive season can leave many of us feeling anxious and stressed out, but it’s also a chance to make a new start. With support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Ramblers are helping tens of thousands of people to start discovering the perks of walking for your health. So, if you like the sound of getting outdoors more often, why not join this incredible charity during the Festival Of Winter Walks?”