27th July 2015

Pledge to #GetOutside with OS


Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Small_logo_OrangeAre you one of the growing number of Brits that has become walk-shy? We want your pledges to get off the sofa, ditch your car and be more active for our #GetOutside campaign.

Our survey says…

New research shows that a quarter of us won’t walk anywhere that takes over 15 minutes. Three quarters of us don’t walk to work, almost 70% never walk to the shops, whilst only a third would ever do the school run on foot. And it’s not just incidental walking that looks to be on the decline, only around a third admit to liking a weekend walk for pleasure.


The top three biggest barriers to spending time outdoors are the infamous British weather, not enjoying being around lots of people and not having enough local green spaces or trails . Despite the barriers, 29% of Brits think their lifestyle is too sedentary and that they spend too much time indoors or sitting down per day. And we think it’s time to #GetOutside too.

Our #GetOutside pledges to you

To help you get active, and emphasise the host of green space around Britain, we’re pledging to publish 1 million walking routes around the country on our new OS Maps online portal. Getting outside doesn’t need to be a daunting task – it can be a weekly family walk to the local park or getting off the bus a stop earlier on the way to work.

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We’ve teamed up with adventurers Steve Backshall, Bonita Norris and Sean Conway to offer help, advice and inspiration for those of us who want to get outside. And they’ve made their own pledges too – take a look.

Make your #GetOutside pledge and win a prize

We want you to make your own pledges, from walking the dog, getting more fresh air or exercising out in the open. We’ll be doing a weekly prize draw to support the best pledges and handing out vouchers to support the pledge – from ice cream vouchers for a family day out to a new pair of walking boots.

Make a pledge now.

Find inspiration to #GetOutside

If you would like to #GetOutside more, but don’t know how to get started, visit our website: www.os.uk/getoutside

We’ve got lots of tips to help you enjoy the outdoors, interesting places to visit around Britain, new activities to try out and much more.

Share your #GetOutside adventures with us on Twitter and Facebook. And if there are activities you’d like to know more about – let us know and we might add it to our website in the future.