News 2021

Title:  National Walking Day 2021
Date:  06/09/2021

We want this year, on National Walking Day, to both celebrate and promote the power of walking. Walking was the accessible activity that got us all through 2021. 

Our week of celebrations start on Monday 20th September and will conclude on our 2nd annual National Walking Day, on Sunday 26th Septemberas part of European Week of Sport.  

We know last year that 3.1 million people walkedRecent Sport Ireland/ IPSOS MRBI research from the first quarter of 2021, show that 76% of adults are still walking.  

Let us make National Walking Day the day where 100% of adults participate! 

Let’s put this date in everybody’s calendar and walk, hike, run, push and roll that day and do it for you!  

We have some amazing Ambassadors supporting our week of walking and our campaign will start on social media on the 30th of August. We’ll be working with the network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to facilitate this week. 

Our main hashtag is #NWD2021 and we would appreciate if you can use this in anything you post or share. The rest of the hashtags are: 

#WalkforYou #WalkYourArea #WalkYourTown #HiddenGems #HappyHiking#WalkYourHills

#EWOS #LeaveNoTrace #OneFromTheHills  #SunSmart #HappyOut #CommunityChampion#WalkHikeRunPushRoll  

Our celebratory week begins on Monday 20th September with our Ways to Walk Day – we will celebrate the many ways to walk there are, with the help of local walking groups, organisations and hillwalking clubs who will film and share short ‘How To’ videos and explanatory content on their type of walking: Nordic Walking, hillwalking and racewalking, activator poles. We will also be promoting specific National Walking Days events that will be held by the participating clubs/organisations 

Ambassador is Olive Loughnane Olympian Racewalker 

Twitter @OliveLoughnane  

Tuesday 21st September|Community Champions Day will acknowledge and celebrate the amazing walking and hillwalking groups that have done so much to promote the importance of being outdoors this year. We’ll be sharing the stories of people who promoted walking this year – our #CommunityChampions and celebrate their achievements!  

Our Ambassador is Jason Smyth – the fastest Paralympian on the planet 

Twitter @smyth_jason 


Wednesday 22nd September| #HappyOut Mental Health Day  

This day will celebrate nature and the benefits of being outside and walking in a green space. Our Ambassador is Dr Eddie Murphy, Ireland leading mental health  

Twitter: @dreddiemurphy/ FB: @dr.eddie.murphy.psychologist 


Thursday 23rd September|Accessibility & Inclusivity Day  

How accessible is Ireland to walk in? We’ll share multiaccess walks across the country to support people with mixed abilities in participating on National Walking Day.  

We’ll also be encouraging older people to return back to physical activity. 

Our Ambassador is Nikki Bradley, an adapted adventurer 

Twitter: @nikkibspeaksInstagram: @nikki_bradley_speaks/ 


Friday 24th September |Walk to Work Day We will be asking workplaces, schools and colleges to walk to work/school/college today. This is an opportunity for schools, colleges and workplaces to be environmentally friendly and add more activity to their travel today. Our days naturally include a mix of active travel – walking, cycling and car journeys. Can you walk to work or school today? Be environmentally friendly. Take a lunchtime stroll. Get off the bus a stop early and walk.  

Hold outdoor walk meetings today - walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity 

There are lots of exciting possibilities for you and your school/ organisation to participate and celebrate the power of walking. 

Our Ambassador is Minister Frank Feighan who is Minister for State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and the National Drugs Strategy. 

Twitter: @FrankFeighan 


Saturday 25th September |Hidden Gems Day We’ll ask our well -known supporters to share their own #HiddenGems today and we will ask people via social media to share their own favourite #HiddenGems. Have you got a #HiddenGem where you hike or climb? We’ll be choosing a winner of the best #HiddenGems to get a fun prize. 


Sunday 26th September|National Walking Day  

Our second National Walking Day is taking place! We want everyone to participate and share how they walk that day! Tag on Facebook on Instagram  and on Twitter @GetIreWalking



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