Walktober, run annually since 2016 by the Travel Planning Team at Hampshire County Council, is a challenge held each October to celebrate and focus the mind on International Walk to School Month. 

A fantastic 148 schools signed up in total in 2021. That's a staggering 44,469 pupils and 6,154 staff who got involved. 

We are all more aware than ever 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 supports 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

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


Walktober 2021 Competition Results

Pupils' competition

Pupils around Hampshire sent in images and artwork showing how Walktober 2021 benefited their wellbeing. We received some amazing entries and are delighted to have two winners plus two runner up places.

Daisy in Year 3 at King's Copse Primary School is our junior age winner, and has won a family pass to the Winchester Science Centre.

Lucas in Year 1 at Fair Oak Infant School is our infant age winner and has won family entry to the Enchanted Light Trail at Staunton Farm.

Our two runner up prizes, Hampshire Outdoor Centre vouchers, go to Henry in Year 3 at Hale Primary School and Georgie in Year 1 at Elson Infant School. 


Schools' competition

For 2021, schools were asked to let us know what they have done to encourage their pupils to participate in Walktober. We loved hearing how schools got involved this year, with staff and pupils being encouraged to participate in a whole range of activities designed to help everyone get outside and improve their wellbeing.

We are pleased to announce our winner for the schools competition is Gomer Junior School. They have won a day of games-based mindfulness sessions for pupils, delivered by The Mind Runner

Our runner up for the schools competition is Hatch Warren Junior School who will receive an Outdoor & Educational Visit Leader course for a staff member, delivered by the HCC Outdoor Education Team


Four focus weeks for 2021

We are changing the structure of Walktober 2021 so that each week offers a new focus for schools and families. The challenge will work as follows:

Friday 1st October: Walktober launch day

Short PowerPoint presentation to be provided for sharing during school assemblies or tutor time.

Week 1 (4-10 October): Keep Active - Stay Safe

Activities will focus on safety for pedestrians, those on scooters and bikes during Hampshire's Walk to School Week

Week 2 (11-18 October): Moving Mindfully

Seven days worth of mindful challenges to focus on your inner self

Week 3 (18-24 October):  Exercise your Creativity

A selection of outdoor art and photography activities 

Week 4 (25-31 October - Half Term): Family Fun across the Finish Line

Outside activities to do with family and friends during the half-term holidays

What does your school need to do during Walktober?

Walktober means encouraging your school community 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 a link to an age-appropriate on-line pack of information containing lots of ideas for use in school and at home throughout the month to make time spent outdoors more interesting and fulfilling. This should be shared with your school community.


Registration for Walktober 2021 is now closed

All resources were emailed out to registered schools and included:

  • For schools, a short PowerPoint for staff to launch the initiative in school on Friday 1st October
  • For schools and families, lots of ideas to use during each of the focus weeks to encourage pupils to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors



* Please see the Travel Planning competition terms here.


Walktober 2021 is supported by Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Outdoors Education and features mindful activities by The Mindful Runner



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