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The hunt is on for Trafford’s hidden walks with cash prizes up for grabs

Hunt for Trafford’s ‘secret walks’ gets underway and you could win some cash.

PAPER POST - TRAFFORD

Residents across Trafford are being encouraged to share their favourite local walks and walking pursuits over the summer holidays, as part of a wider campaign to get people moving.

The winning walks will win fitbits, vouchers to spend on walking gear and other walking related goodies to help the winners get out and about over the summer (and beyond!). There are weekly prizes worth £100, with final prizes worth £250 and £500 up for grabs too.

To enter the summer competition people need to upload a short video or photo to Instagram or Facebookand tag @GMWalks, accompanied by the hashtag #HiddenWalksGM and some information about where the walk is, and why they love it.

Nominated routes could include a site of local interest such as a historic landmark, a hidden oasis that you think deserves some recognition, a walk that has strong personal memories or perhaps a fun way to ditch the car and stroll somewhere instead.

The summer walks initiative will share local knowledge about interesting places to explore, wander and toddle, so people and families can rediscover the benefits of walking, reconnect with friends and neighbours, and get out and about in their local area.

Beth Sutcliffe, GM Moving’s walking lead, said: “Walking is often overlooked as a way to get active, but it can be a great way to add more movement to your day, as well as being a fun and sociable way to explore the local area too, no matter what your age or fitness level.

“It doesn’t need to be about hiking boots and trekking poles – some comfy footwear and adventurous spirit is all you need. Whether you step, roll, push or whatever, it’s about getting out and getting active.

“Often more local walks and points of interest get overlooked, with some people not realising what important history, diverse cultural assets and amazing spaces there are, literally, just round the corner!

“Through this competition we hope that more people will share their favourite walks for others to enjoy over the summer, as well as ideas for ways to get out and about more in Trafford.”

Paul Riley, a walk leader from Trafford, said, “This is a great competition to be running in our area. Walking is a natural activity which transcends age, gender, and race. It is not thought intensive and allows your brain to wander at will. It is easy on the pocket, easy on the body and easy to make friends. I’m really interested to see what walks other people nominate – mainly as it means I’ll have more places to walk to and investigate for myself!.”

The initiative follows on from the Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2019 earlier this year, which saw thousands of people taking part in more than 400 walks across the region. It’s all part of GM Moving  – an ambitious plan to help reduce inactivity in the area, supported by Trafford, the NHS and Greater Sport charity.

The competition runs until Friday August 30 with weekly prizes worth £100, plus a final grand prize worth £500, and runner up prize worth £250. Ts&Cs apply.

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