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 in 2020!

Unusually in 2020, during October, as well as Walktober, we also promoted 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 signed up in total in 2020.

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

Click here to check if your school is among them.

All resources were emailed out to registered schools. Please see the foot of this page to download them again. These included:

  • 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 Competitions

See below for the winners of this year's competitions

Many congratulations to the following individuals and schools who have won prizes:

Competition for families:
Main prize winners
- Yakub (Alderwood Juniors) wins a trip to Calshot on the ringos
- Tilly (Wildern School) wins a Go Ape Treetop Experience
- Josaiah (Kings' School, Winchester) wins a sports action camera
All three also won a My Journey goody bag.

The following won vouchers for a day out in Hampshire:
Jetta, Chloe and Jacob (Crofton Hammond Infants), Benjamin (Shipton Bellinger Primary), Emily (Marchwood Infants); James (Bishop Challoner); Jessica, Chloe, Jack and Grace (Wildern School) and Emily and Monty (Kings' School, Winchester) and Mrs Bradley from Locks Heath Infants.

Runner up prizes of a Treasure Trails voucher were awarded to: 
Mimi (Oakley Infants), Jamie (Alderwood Juniors), Joshua, Amelia, Matthew, Jess, Eden, Joshua and Emily (Wildern School) and Manas, Carla, Lilly, Kathryn, Theo and Lily (Kings' School, Winchester)


Competition for schools:
Games-based Mindfulness sessions for pupils delivered by The Mind Runner
Leesland CE Infant School, St Bede Catholic Primary School and Marchwood CE Infant School

Outdoor & Educational Visit Leader course for staff delivered by the HCC Outdoor Education TeamBurnham Copse Primary School, Kings' School, Winchester, Lockerley CofE Primary School and Wildern School

The Southampton City Council winning schools were as follows:

Family competition winners:

O. from Newlands Primary School wins a sports action camera for his wonderful video entry of what Walktober means to O. and his sister. Please watch it here.

Piyaja and Pabaji of St Mark’s Primary School win a family voucher to Winchester Science Centre for their brilliant photographic journal of all the activities that they did during Walktober.

And we have six runners up who shared lovely examples of how they enjoyed the Walktober resources with their families:

Amelia from Sholing Junior School wins a New Forest Wildlife Park family ticket and Anya from Bassett Green Primary School wins a voucher for the Tudor House, Southampton. Sean and Olivia at Banister Primary School, Nicole at Bassett Green Primary School and Angela Manore at Sholing Junior School all win Trail vouchers!

Schools competition winners:

We have joint winners!

Weston Park Primary School and Sholing Junior School submitted brilliant evidence of all the amazing activities they undertook with their pupils to get them enjoying the great outdoors this Autumn!

Weston Park Primary School wins a Mindfulness Movement Course for pupils whilst Sholing Junior School wins a Hampshire Outdoor Leaders Course for staff.


Congratulations to all of our winners and also a massive thanks to the HCC Outdoor Education Team for gifting their courses and to the following who generously gifted family tickets to the following venues: Calshot; Liberty's Owl, Reptile and Raptor Centre; Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway; Winchester Science Centre; Sea City Museum and Tudor House and Garden.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year. We hope you will continue to enjoy Walking for Wellbeing this Winter.

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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