Walking is popular and healthy

A  report by the Sport and Recreation Alliance confirms that outdoor recreation is the UK’s favourite pastime.

The Reconomics report reveals:

People spending their day enjoying outdoor recreation spent £21 billion in 2012/13
Walking tourism supports almost a quarter of a million jobs
Outdoor recreation can make a significant contribution to tackling the cost of looking after unfit people.

Key proposals for government action also published by the Alliance includes a call for better public transport in rural areas.

The announcement, made on Wednesday 12 June at Westminster just yards from the Thames Path, is supported by British Mountaineering Council, Campaign for National Parks, English Outdoor Council, Living Streets, Open Spaces Society, Outdoor Industries Association (Britain on Foot campaign), Ramblers, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Wild Network and the Youth Hostel Association.

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