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Walking sports, a trending phenomenon in Bristol, UK

Throughout the month of May, the Bristol Walk Fest is taking place in Bristol, United Kingdom. The festival is a celebration of walking. The walks are categorized into different themes:

  • Art and creative walks
  • Health and wellbeing walks
  • Nature and wildlife walks
  • Green and clean walks
  • History and architecture
  • Walking sport

In addition, the walks are graded to these levels:

  • Easy – mainly flat on paved surfaces without features such as steps; gentle pace.
  • Fairly easy – mainly flat on paved surfaces with features such as steps, gentle pace.
  • Moderate – more challenging slopes and the ground may be varied, may include steps and stiles; moderate pace.
  • Challenging – suitable for experienced walkers able to walk long distances over mixed terrain and gradients. Likely to include stiles; brisk pace.
Picture from: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/huge-walking-festival-happening-bristol-2848245

Walking sports include Nordic walking, walking cricket, walking tennis, walking hockey, walking rugby, walking football, walking netball, walking Boccia, New Age Kurling and walking multi-sport. Bristol Walk Fest co-ordinator Kerry Morgan explained: “One of the joys of this year’s Walk Fest programme is the number of opportunities it gives for sports fans of all ages and fitness levels to try a walking sport. There’s a myth that these slower versions of popular sports are strictly for older people. While it’s true that they are a great way for ageing players to maintain their interest in a game, stay active and enjoy team camaraderie, they are also a way for lapsed and injured players of all ages to get back into their favourite sport.”

Walking sport is non-competitive and can be enjoyed by people of all standards and ages. Kerry continued: “The walking part is a physical leveller, and allows different abilities to play together, and grandparents, and parents with their children, competing together or against each other. Also, the fact its slower can also allow regular players to hone and practice their technique. So there really is not limits to it.”

Nordic walking and various walking tours and clubs are available in Canada; however, walking sports are still a rarity. Are you aware of walking sports happening in your area? Let us know at feedback@jointhealth.org.