Walktober 2020: Walking to Wellbeing

Walktober, run annually since 2016 by the Travel Planning Teams at Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council, is a challenge held each October to celebrate and focus the mind on International Walk to School Month. The pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, has taught us all that exercising and spending time outside enjoying your surroundings is great, if not essential, for your wellbeing. That is what the Walktober challenge is all about: walking to improve your wellbeing.

Walktober is open to all primary and secondary schools in Hampshire and Southampton and registration is free of charge.

Triple celebrations this year!

Unusually this year, during October, as well as Walktober, we will also be promoting Walk to School Week (5-9 October) and Clean Air Day (8 October), both delayed due to Covid-19.

What do you need to do during Walktober?

Walktober means encouraging your school communities to walk as much as possible during the month: to and from school or work, but also trying to find other opportunities to enjoy spending time outside.

Registrants for the event will receive an age-appropriate on-line pack of information containing lots of ideas for use in school and a separate one for use at home throughout the month to make time spent outdoors more interesting and fulfilling.

Walktober is structured around Hampshire and the NHS’s Five Steps to Wellbeing as evidence suggests that these are the five steps that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:

Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give to Others and Be Mindful

Registration is now closed for the 2020 Walktober initiative.

A fantastic 163 schools have signed up in total this year.

That's a staggering 61,225 pupils and 7,466 staff who are getting involved this year.

Click here to check if your school is among them.

All resources have been emailed out to registered schools. Please see the foot of this page to download them again. These will include:

  • For everyone, an outdoor scavenger hunt (one for primary and one for secondary pupils) presented as a short film by Kate at The Mind Runner to use at home or at school to get the Walktober: Walking for Wellbeing month underway
  • For families, a menu of ideas for making time spent outside more enjoyable, and a downloadable challenge card to complete
  • For schools, a short PowerPoint for staff to launch the initiative in school


Walktober Competition

Enter the competition for pupils, staff and their families here

Enter the competition for schools here

Deadline for entries: Friday 6th November.

We have some great prizes this year including Hampshire Outdoor Leader courses for staff, Mindful Movement courses for pupils and vouchers for days out in Hampshire for families including to the Hillier Gardens and the Winchester Science Centre.*

We also encourage all schools and families to give something back during the month by showing an act of kindness or doing some fundraising whilst walking - either to raise money for a charity, or for your school. You can let us know how you got on in your competition entry.


Walktober 2020 is supported by Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council and Hampshire Outdoors Education and features Mindful Scavenger Hunts by The Mindful Runner

* Please see the Travel Planning competition terms here.

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