Walktober is a challenge held each October to celebrate International Walk to School Month, when school communities are asked to walk/wheel as much as possible to and from school or work. In Hampshire, Walktober has been run annually by Hampshire County Council's Travel Planning Team since 2016. 

Walktober 2021 saw 148 schools and settings sign up, meaning a staggering 44,469 pupils and 6,154 staff got involved. This year we hope even more schools and settings will Step Up to the challenge. 

The challenge

For 2022 we are encouraging all early years settings, primary schools and secondary schools in Hampshire to Step Up for Walktober.

By travelling actively throughout October your school community will be stepping up for our planet, our wellbeing and our community. Walking/wheeling, scooting and cycling reduces car use which will improve air quality, benefit health and wellbeing and have a positive impact on the local community by reducing congestion.

Registration and resources are free of charge and there are some fantastic prizes to be won by pupils and schools or settings who enter the Walktober competitions.


Sign Up now to Step Up for Walktober 2022 

Please use the link above to register your school or setting by Thursday 29th September 2022.

All registered schools and settings will be emailed a range of resources to promote and run the event.

The competitions

Your Steps Count! - pupil competition

We are asking pupils to make an active travel pledge and show how they are Stepping Up for Walktober by recording their active travel choices using the Walktober Challenge Card. There are lots of actions they could include - walking/wheeling to school, scooting to the park, cycling to a local shop, using Park and Stride, taking a bus instead of the car on a day trip - these choices make a big difference!

Parents/Carers can submit their child's completed Challenge Card to be entered into a prize draw. At the end of Walktober a competition entry link will be available here until Friday 11th November 2022. 

There are some fantastic prizes available!

For early years and primary age pupils you could win a garden den building kit, a bird box building kit with bird book, a microscope set or binocular starter kit with bird book, plus there are some fun family days out vouchers available too.

For secondary age pupils, you'll be able to choose your own prize using a Love2Shop voucher worth up to £30.


Spread the Word! - school competition

We would like everyone to hear about how important active travel is and the benefits it brings.

We are asking participating schools and settings to promote Walktober to their school community by finding at least three opportunities to encourage pupils, families and staff to get involved. You can be as creative with your promotion as you like, but a checklist with suggestions and ideas will be provided when you register. 

Schools and settings meeting the criteria and who submit evidence of their promotional efforts will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a bird box camera system or a bird feeding station with feeders set. A competition entry link will be available here at the end of Walktober until Friday 4th November 2022.


Please read the Travel Planning competition terms here.

The resources

All resources will be emailed out to registered schools and settings. Apart from the pupil challenge card, we will send you digital versions of the documents.

Should you require alternate versions, all available resources are below. 




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