Sustrans Walking Challenge

The Autumn Walking Challenge, delivered by Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council, has started. And the Council is encouraging businesses to get back outside and exercise.

The Autumn Walking Challenge, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), encourages participants to join a team with two colleagues to track their daily and weekly step count from 26 October to 23 November.

Councillor Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Environment, said:

“The Autumn Walking Challenge is a great initiative, encouraging people across Bedford Borough to get outdoors and improve their physical wellbeing.

“With award-winning parks and open spaces across Bedford Borough, the Autumn Walking Challenge is a brilliant chance to explore your local area whilst keeping fit.

“If you haven’t signed up for the challenge and are looking for a way to keep healthy this autumn, the challenge is a great way to test yourself and stay active.”

Successful teams will win one of three great prizes, which are also funded by the DfT. The categories in this year’s challenge are:

  • Most improved average group step count
  • Highest accumulated group step count
  • Best autumnal photo entry taken out and about on your walks

Bedford Borough Council is delivering the Autumn Walking Challenge in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council.

If you would like to register your team for the challenge, or just get some more information, you can email