In the UK we are fortunate to have inherited a wealth of footpaths that criss-cross the country. They are a critical national asset that connect people and places, improve wellbeing, help to reduce carbon emissions, offer freedom and bring joy into people’s lives. As the pandemic and its effects have reshaped our geographies, being able to go for a walk has been critical to many people’s mental health and often the only way to spend time with friends and loved ones.

Like many people, I have done a lot of walking. For one project I walked 1,600km across all of Britain’s national parks and ...


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