Giveaway: Why you should #GetWalking

The longer days and warmer weather has finally returned to England and what better a way to enjoy it than taking a walk in the great outdoors.

Inntravel, the walking holiday company, are currently running a campaign encouraging people to
#GetWalking as a way to get outside and explore your surrounding area and keep fit. Here are my top reasons to get your boots on, get outside and #GetWalking:

Keeping fit

I walk as way to burn off all the chocolate and cakes I have devoured during the working day. An average person of around 60kg walking for 30 minutes burns around 90 calories. The NHS recommend walking as a way to keep healthy and say walking regularly can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. I use my Fitbit zip to monitor how many steps I have taken, how many calories I have burned and to reach goals I have set myself. The Fitbit zip connects to your phone and produces graphs and diet plans to help you lose weight or just get fitter.

Discovering amazing places

D and I love discovering amazing places only accessible by foot. We recently discovered an amazing train tunnel entrance built during the industrial revolution. It’s hidden among the tress close to where we live. We found out about it on the internet then set out to find it using an OS map of the local area. The limestone pavements at the top of Malham Cove and White Scars near the famous peak of Inglbouough in the Yorkshire Dales are only accessible by foot. Walking on the “clints” and “grykes” feels quite surreal. The scale of these impressive geological features is awe inspiring.

Conquering mountains

Reaching the top of a mountain is exhilarating and exciting. Having completed a challenge makes you feel a sense of worth and is a great confidence booster. Last year, we and a group of our friends conquered both Helvellyn and Scafel Pike in the Lake Ditrict and we plan to take on the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge this year. It’s a 25 mile walk over Yorkshire’s famous peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside.

Watching wildlife

Walking is a great way to get close to wildlife and learn about the natural world. Under the stones you walk on there may be ants and in the trees there are birds and you may see deer crossing your path if you are lucky. Last week we watched hundreds of frogs mating and spawning in ponds within beautiful woodland. I discovered them after hearing their calls from the path. Being on foot means you pretty much ‘run into’ wildlife which you would have otherwise missed if you were in a car.

Spending time together

Walking provides a great opportunity to spend time chatting with a friend, relative or partner. There isn’t a TV or mobile phone grabbing your attention which means you can spend quality time together.

Meeting new people in a Ramblers group

My friend and I are members of the local rambling group and go on organised walks now and again when we have a free evening or weekend. It’s a great way to meet new people who also enjoy walking and means you don’t have to plan a route or follow a map. Personally, I love map reading and leading the way but sometimes it’s nice for someone else to do all the work so you can spend your time chatting with others. If you are new to an area and want a way to meet new people I really recommend joining a Rambler group. Walks run regularly on evenings and weekends and often finish with a drink at a pub. Most groups run social events such as BBQs, pub meats and meals out too. To find your local group visit the Ramblers website.

It’s free

If it’s free you can’t argue not to try it! Walking in your local park or closets footpath costs absolutely nothing. If you decide to take walking to the next level you can start spending money on proper boots and maps but you don’t need them to start with. Just get walking!

To encourage my readers to #GetWalking, Inntravel and I have partnered up to give away an amazing Fitbit zip worth £50 and this funky metal water bottle. My glamorous assistant, Tulip the lamb, is showing off the prizes up for grabs in the picture below.

The Fitbit Zip is a clever little fitness tracker that records your steps, distance, and calories burned and then syncs those stats to your computer of smartphone. You can set personal goals, track your progress and even create a diet plan. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions

The giveaway is open to residents worldwide. The giveaway will run until 18th May 2014. The winner will be automatically chosen by Rafflecopter however the winning entery will be checked and verified by myself. The winner will be contacted by email once the giveaway has ended and has 28 days to claim the prize. If the winner fails to claim the prize a second winner will be chosen. The prize will be sent via currier within 7 days of the winner claiming the prize. This competition has been promoted on, and on

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.

  • It's never too late to start getting fit!

  • I walk quite often and would love to know how many calories I am burning

  • So that I can get fitter and lose some weight!


  • We leave by the sea at Whitley Bay so I am always out walking with my kids and our dog. We also go inland or up the coast walking at weekends with my parents and their dog too. I love nature and the fresh air keeps us all fit and we sleep better!

  • I am trying to lose weight for my brothers wedding and get fit. I am currently walking a quick mile every evening! I know Walking is something I am more likely to stick. Great giveaway xx

  • i hit 40 and hit the middle age spread and also have an underactive thyroid, some help to get me motiviated and off the sofa would be fab x

  • to keep fit and active

  • Love the fresh air!!

  • I want to start a weightloss journey

  • Anonymous

    all good exercise for me
    olga carpenter

  • Want to know if I have earned post walk chips!

  • I love getting outside this would be great as a way of knowing if I have walked far enough for chips!

  • If you try to lose weight or burn calories. Eat only when you are hungry. It’s as simple as that. I have seen people just fill their mouth and stomach with all sorts of food only for the taste.

  • Anonymous

    Its a great way to keep fit and to see some of the countryside

  • I am loosing weight, 2 stone so far, and wanna exercise more and get fitter x

  • I live in Scotland and when I can I like too get out and up into the Highlands

  • Anonymous

    Makes you feel good


  • Anonymous

    Walking is something that I did a lot in the past. I am looking forward to some warmer weather, in order to get out into the healthy outdoors :- Exploring some new places would be nice. Maybe with some company, as there are now some Walking groups locally.

    Rachel craig

  • Its a cheap and easy way to get fitter and help me lose weight for my holiday xx

  • Great way to get fit

  • My husband and I have decided to become a little more healthy–for ourselves and our son–and this would be a great tool to aid in that!

  • To get out and enjoy the beautiful countryside while spending time with family and friends!

  • That's gonna be for my father who stopped smoking and who wants to start walking or running. I think that could be a great gift

  • lauren tourle

    I wanna get walking to help with my fitness plan that i'm starting today ironically 🙂 time to get fit for summer, bit late starting but ahhh well lol will get there 🙂

  • I love walking back home in the Cotswolds, but when Im at university I don't get a chance to go on walks as I Iive in the city.

  • Amanda Graham

    I have a desk job so I want to walk as much as I can in my free time!

  • I love walking, it's a great low impact way to stay fit and I'll be doing lots of it once my baby's born to get back into shape 🙂

  • I want to get walking so I can loose some weight for my sisters wedding next year.

  • Anonymous

    I want to get walking in order to lose weight. – Judith R.

  • i'm still desperately trying to get a bit closer to my weight and fitness goals, and I think this would really help.

  • I already walk quite a lot, and often go up to the Brecon Beacons but I'd love to be able to track what I'm doing as an extra incentive to keep going!

  • keep fit ready for summer xx

  • I already walk everywhere but it would be great to keep track of just how uch I am actually doing in a day x

  • To enjoy the countryside and lose some weight

  • recently started walking to get fitter so this would be great to help with how many calories im burning .it would also give me the extra boost to keep it up

  • I need to lose weight. 🙁

  • i love walking, its the cheapest and easiest way to lose weight and get fit!

  • I love walking – it makes me feel great & gives me a bit of me time. have wanted one of these fitbit things for ages!!

  • About a month ago, I started working out and walking more – so far, my energy has increased and I'm feeling better throughout the day. Loving it!

  • I enjoy walking! I'd love to explore the fitbit hype!

  • I love walking especially with my children we say its an adventure 🙂

  • So I can get fitter

  • I have now finished work so I have more time to enjoy the outdoors and the exercise would be very beneficial.

  • I've been thinking about joining my local ramblers group for a few weeks. I always seem to be busy when there doing some of the shorter walks 🙁

  • Anonymous

    you get to see so many things that you did not realise were so close to home
    debbie jackson

  • I've lost 4 stone in the last year and a half, and am finding walking and exercising much easier and more enjoyable now – I'd love to get into it properly 🙂

  • ive always loved walking so its a great way to keep fit

  • Walking is not only good for the body but its also good for the mind. I quite often go for long, relaxing walks to clear my head. It does wonders!

  • I get winded playing with my kids for longer than 5 mins, getting out to walk and upping my cardio is on my must list for this summer!


  • Anat Paz Kotler

    I love going

  • Amazing giveaway! So many beautiful pictures!
    I want to Get Walking to Keeping fit and Spending time together <3

  • To get fit whilst doing something I enjoy as well as getting fresh air while I am doing it.

  • It's good exercise and enjoyable.

  • I love seeing new things, walking makes you slow down giving you time to observe everything around you.

  • Walking is so much easier than running

  • I've gained a little weight after a serious illness and desperately need to get fit again!

  • I walk a lot to keep myself in top shape.

  • I love walking but I need to make extra time for it

  • Running & cycling are my favorite ways to keep fit

  • Because I like being in nature

  • To be active and to keep fit

  • I love hiking and we plan to go hiking in the stunning scenic hiking route of Norway this summer.

  • love nature and I need for weight!

  • love nature and air! 🙂

  • I've recently lost a lot of weight and would like to now concentrate on getting fit

  • I've recently lost quite a bit of weight and now I'd like to try and get fit

  • tracking my success stimulates me while sporting!

  • Almost anyone can walk, and you can catch up with the kids, family or the girls when walking

  • I want to be healthy on the inside and the outside so walking will help me move in the right direction!

  • I need to lose a few (alright quite a lot) pounds and now the weathers better I have no excuse!!!

  • This will be just the thing to spruce up my exercise, my "chore"

  • This should be a good companion (motivator) for my exercise, my chore!

  • love to walk

  • walk and cut down sugar !!

  • I live in the countryside and a lot of moving. I go to work by bike and I'm very proud of it.

  • to get fit again

  • I need to track my daily walk

  • Boris

    Well, I want it… to get walking!) Always liked adventures and walking longer distances than the home-to-work one)

  • I want to know how lazy I am. And be motivated to walk more. Haha

  • I want to get walking for my fitness and health.

  • I love walking, it s good for the health,your body and your soul…
    Thank you for this lovely giveaway!
    Fingers crossed!

  • I want to get walking so I can lose some weight

  • I could use the exercise because of my computer work at home routine 🙂

  • Carol Wright

    Walking is a great way to keep fit and help you lose some extra weight!

  • va

    i would like to use it for my husband and i to start doing a team effort to walk together and be fit . thanks

  • Anonymous

    This is really great to use while running in the morning and walking my dog and for these long 3-4 hours walks with friends!! :)) I use a plastic bottle for the water so this prize probably will be helpful! Also I think this giveaway is very cool ! 🙂

  • General fitness and to get out of the house and away from a screen

  • Im starting to life more healthy & i wanna walk more often..

  • I want to get walking to be able to clear my mind and be in the moment.

  • To stay fit and healthy so I can be successful in my work and family life.

  • I would like to win this because walking is my favorite activity 🙂

  • Alexey Petrov

    I want to win for my wife!

  • After my back injury and stationary lying down for a month it's time for walking … doctor order. These prizes would be very helpful in my recovery

  • I want to get walking because I have bad asthma and I need to lose at least 50 pounds.

  • Walk make me feel better! Body and mind!

  • Walking is my favorite Hobby! I and my father always walking everyweek in the morning at holiday 😀
    Walking make me feel better and my father walking for losing his weight 🙂

  • I want to win this SO MUCH, because my work is too much sedentary, you know? I already walk every day but this gadget should surely help me a lot controlling calories and steps :') <3

  • I want to get into shape.

  • because i want healthy life

  • I need to get more active and I think this Get Walking device will be an added advantage to do so. You know, when there's something to measure stuff. 🙂

  • I want to win this special giveaway because I like walking and walking has benefits for our life. 😀 <3

  • I do a lot of walking at work and would like to monitor it.

  • My 20 month old niece ran rings around me last weekend. I want to catch her for a change.

  • I do a lot of walking at work, and would like to monitor it.

  • I love walking and I'd love to get fit!
    Thanks for the chance to win this prize!

  • Ren Longpig

    Cause I need to lose weight!

  • i am a sucker when it comes to fitness. I love to walk, jog, and workout a lot

  • I need to exercise more!

  • Great way to get fit

  • I want to get walking because it's finally spring here – after a winter of hiding indoors, I need to retrain myself to get outside.

  • Insiya

    I need to start walking & be physically active as I have started a job from home and gained so many pounds just sitting! Definitely need to get fit & walk more often.

  • Easy way on doing exercise and make us health so start on walking!

  • I dont do much exercise so walking is perfect for me 🙂

  • Kit

    I want to get walking because it is a great form of exercise!

  • I would never touch the frog

  • I love walking, it s good for the health, your body and your soul 🙂

  • Pam Francis GRegory

    To shift a couple of pounds

  • Being single parent of 3 it's hard for me to get to the gym. But as a family we love going for long walks it's great to get out in the fresh air and go on an adventure 🙂

  • caroline kelly

    Been doing the 30 day shred and weight watchers but would like to try walking too

  • Love the fresh air!

  • caroline kelly

    Would like to add walking to increase my exercise regime

  • to lose a bit of weight

  • I've lost a lot of weight over the past year and would like to do more walking now to tone up!

  • To get fitter

  • To keep up with my toddler!

  • I need the fresh air and exercise

  • I already do walk quite a lot with my little boy but we'd love to be a bit more adventurous and go for longer walks 🙂

  • Rachel Davies

    I need to get fit and I might as well enjoy the fresh air and countryside while I do

  • I need the exercise and I,m trying to lose weight.

  • Im on a strict diet at the moment. i go swimming twice a week and also attend the gym twice a week however i do need to go out walking daily instead of doing house work! LOL!!! 🙂

  • Alya K

    because I'll be having exams soon and walking just relieves some of my stress. Fresh air is also never bad for you.

  • I find commuting too stressful, walking to work would be great, if only it wasn't so far!

  • I play ingress and a lot of the targets are miles away, so I often go for late night walks to get to them.

  • We live by the sea and I love walking on the beach with the kids – I love the sea air and we all feel refreshed after a walk 🙂

  • Because I'm about 5 stone overweight and I live in a beautiful village surrounded by fields.

    kirstyjfox [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • both my sisters did the moonwalk this year, they both inspired me to get fit and see if i can do it next year, im a big girl and never been as fit as my 2 sisters, but im determined to work harder

  • Anonymous

    Used to love walking listening to music. Essential I start again to start to get fit.

  • I love getting out and about with the kids 🙂

  • We are determined as a family to get fitter this summer and this prize will help motivate.
    Sam Gregory

  • Daisy

    to get out into nature 🙂

  • I don't drive so am used to walking to work, friends and for leisure.Ditching the car definitely keeps you fit!!

  • walking is probably the cheapest and easiest way to lose weight and get fit but for me it's important to walk as I have FM

  • Walking eases my mind. I just plug in my headphones and walk around the park (everywhere). It also lessens your contribution to pollution.

  • To blow the cobwebs abnd cares away. Walking gets you to places and views you would never see otherwise.

  • Hubby and I love to walk, it's so much more beneficial than sitting in your car, you can get off the beaten track, enjoy the coastal routes which are our favourites, see thing you wouldn't see and keep fit. We love it

  • I need to get fit again, for my health and happiness and I do love to walk

  • To lose weight

  • To be fit and active 🙂

  • Need to lose weight, this will give me the motivation to get off my big fat behind!

  • because I need to lose some weight, get out of the house and breathe some fresh air

  • I live within the most beautiful scenery in the country and even have dozens of nature walks literally around me. But after an accident I lost my confidence and need to get out and get fit.

  • My husband and I would like to improve our fitness levels!

  • Anonymous

    it would be great for getting started on gettign fit

  • I need to lose a few lbs and walking is great for that

  • Anonymous

    i always walk when i can

  • I walk everywhere

  • Anonymous

    i aways walk if i can

  • It's cheap, enjoyable, healthy and something we do as a family – we are especially lucky as we live very near the beautiful South Downs 🙂

  • I love walking as you get to see so much more of the scenery and it can be so peaceful.

  • the coast

  • Got to lose weight and move more before I morph into a sofa!

  • I love walking and would love to keep a track of my progress … I think I'd walk more if I could track what I'm doing 🙂