Ilkley MP backs Ramblers campaign

Wharfedale Observer: Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth, left, with Kris Hopkins MP Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth, left, with Kris Hopkins MP

Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins has attended a Westminster event hosted by the Ramblers to discuss how they can help to build a walking Britain.

The Ramblers held the reception to put walking high on the agenda, ahead of next year’s general election and highlight why people should vote for a walking Britain.

Nicky Philpott, Ramblers director of policy and campaigns, said: “Walking offers an effective, low-cost solution to many of the problems we face.

“It’s good for our mental and physical health and therefore reduces healthcare costs, it supports local economies and it’s good for the environment and your local neighbourhood.”

Mr Hopkins added: “Keighley and Ilkley is a constituency renowned for the magnificence of our surrounds and is a very popular destination for walkers from across the country and far beyond.

“I am never happier than when I’m walking on the moors. The benefits to body and mind are unrivalled and it is important that we do all we can to promote walking as an activity which more and more people choose for themselves, and I am always keen to help with this.

“I was delighted to attend the Ramblers reception and hear how I can play my part in helping to create a walking Britain.

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