Walk a Country Mile for The Prince’s Countryside Fund

PUBLISHED: 11:27 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:27 15 July 2014

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It’s National Countryside Week from 13 to 20 July – so make the most of summer and Walk a Country Mile for The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Taking a walk is one of life’s greatest and simple pleasures, but you don’t have to walk as far as the ramblers in our photograph by Andrew Bowden (www.flickr.com/photos/bods) which shows Lodge Hill on the Ridgeway, coming down from Bledlow in Buckinghamshire. See more about Andrew’s Ridgeway walking at ramblingman.org.uk/rigdgeway
Walking is as close to free as it gets. You don’t need fancy shoes, or clothes, or equipment. The simple act of taking a walk connects us to landscapes, nature, communities and helps us to reflect and appreciate the importance of the countryside.

During National Countryside Week) we’re asking you to Walk a Country Mile in support of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

National Countryside Week is run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund to raise awareness of the importance of the countryside to the UK. What makes the Fund unique is that it doesn’t support the environment, buildings or wildlife but the people who manage and maintain the countryside. HRH The Prince of Wales recognised the crisis facing our rural communities and as a result set up The Prince’s Countryside Fund to provide support to the multitude of remarkable organisations and individuals working tirelessly to keep farmers farming and our rural communities alive.

In 2014 we are asking people to Walk a Country Mile to raise awareness and support our greatest national asset ‘the countryside’. The Prince’s Countryside Fund is asking businesses, community groups, villages, families and individuals to walk together, to consider, appreciate, and celebrate the countryside.

Taking a short walk is not only fun but will make us mindful of the importance of the countryside, and give us pause to consider how we support those who work to conserve it.

How to get involved:

Walking is simple and easy – you could go for a walk in your local park or visit your nearest National Park. You could take a walk around your local village or head to the hills and explore some of our amazing natural scenery. Ideally you will get a small group together and download one our online maps so you can explore your local countryside. A country mile can be any distance (!) so if you only make it to the local village pub or undertake a 12 mile hike everyone can achieve something.

To register your support for the campaign and make a suggested £3 donation please visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk. Once you have signed up you will you receive an email with maps, ideas, tips and suggestions, plus information on where your donation will go and who we are helping.

Take a WALKIE:

To maximise awareness on social media for the campaign, we’re asking people taking part in the campaign to take a ‘WALKIE’—our Countryside version of a “selfie” to raise the profile of the campaign.

What else is happening?

If you would prefer to join an existing walk and see some of the great work being supported by the charity then please join one of our Project Walks. Held across the UK a number of the organisations and charities supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund are holding a series of sponsored walks throughout National Countryside Week. Please see further details at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk.

Alternatively we are hosting a series of ‘Celebrity Country Mile’ walks at the CLA Game Fair from 18 to 20 July at Blenheim Palace. If you would like to join a guided walk by Phil Vickery or Alan Titchmarsh make sure you attend the Game Fair and join up.

In addition to this Waitrose will be running their in store promotion offering discounts on supporting company brands such as Jordans, McVities and Duchy Originals - ideal for a picnic on your walk.

Get the youngsters out walking: turn their mile into a hunt for local wildlife.

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