Making the most of your walk

A girl with a Netzeronation tote bag.

Choosing to walk instead of taking the car for shorter journeys helps cut carbon emissions, reduces congestion and pollution. It makes our environment a nicer place to be and it’s a great way to easily play your part in getting Scotland to net zero. Net zero is when the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we put into the atmosphere and the amount we’re able to take out adds up to zero.

Walking is also great for your health and wellbeing and you don’t need any special equipment to get started. It’s often not as far as you think to walk for shorter journeys, you’ll feel great and it’ll count as part of your daily exercise.

And even if you’re in a hurry, walking can often be quicker than navigating busy roads in a car and then finding a parking place. You won’t need change for parking either.

A couple walking by the sea with a pram

All in all, walking is a great way to get from A to B – each step is a move towards a cleaner, greener Scotland and a healthier, happier you. 

Benefits of walking

  • Reduce emissions – avoid emissions from your car by walking for shorter journeys instead
  • Keep fit – being active every day is great for your health and wellbeing
  • Unwind – walking is one of the best ways to relieve stress
  • Save money – cut down on fuel and parking costs

Make walking part of your routine

Some switches are easier, especially shorter, everyday journeys you’d usually do by car. This is where you can make a big difference in cutting your carbon emissions by not switching the car engine on. Get the kids walking to school with you if you live close by and enjoy the time spent together outside. If you’re not working from home, walking to work can give you some much needed time to think, listen to music and relax. Doing your shopping locally and walking there is easier when you don’t have to find a place to park first. It’s also often a lot quicker than you think to get to where you need to go. 

A person walking with a dog
Two girls walking through a park

Plan your walk

Take a look at the different routes to your destination. The best route might be quite different, quicker and more exciting than the one you normally choose. Remember to always follow the latest coronavirus guidance for walking, wheeling and cycling.

Find out more about trails and paths at

You can also keep a lookout on your walks for any sightings of birds, animals, plants and more. It's a really easy and fun game to play on your walk – most surveys can be accessed through your smart phone. You could make an important discovery and it can also make a big difference to the environment. 

Walking with the kids

Got kids? Walking is a great activity to do together, with endless possibilities for entertainment! You could try a nature hunt, learn about the different seasons, go puddle jumping or  download a plant or bird ID app to help you spot some wildlife.

Many of us also discovered local walks, paths and parks during lockdown. Local greenspaces can be great for taking a breather, walking dogs, enjoying family time, and for outdoor learning. There's usually plenty of wildlife to see too.

Get more ideas and inspiration for outdoor play on the Parent Club website: