Ramblers in North Devon meet with Torridge MP Geoffrey Cox as part of campaign to recognise walking as a ‘major player’ in tourism and health.

The North Devon Ramblers are campaigning to recognise the part walking can play in sustaining health.

Members of the group met with Torridge MP Geoffrey Cox at Torrington Commons to discuss walking-related issues.

Joan Long, Ramblers local chairman, said: “The health benefits of walking can help to reduce healthcare costs at a time when the NHS is struggling.

“Walking is also a major player in supporting the region’s tourism businesses, with visitors to the South West Coast Path contributing £387million to the local economy in 2011.

“For all these reasons government must build this crucial activity into departmental policy”.

Geoffrey Cox said there was a ‘strong case’ for a national plan, and added: “I am extremely supportive of the Ramblers’ campaign and agree that walking deserves better promotion.”