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Kennet and Avon Canal relay marks Ramblers' anniversary

Walkers are being urged to join a relay along the length of a 200-year-old canal in an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers.

The 87-mile relay along the Kennet and Avon Canal, from Reading to Bristol, is one of a series around the country.

The canal relay, from 8 to 15 May, has been divided into 26 short walks.

Last month walkers re-enacted the mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932 which inspired the foundation of the charity to fight for access to the countryside.

Tom Franklin, the charity's chief executive, said: "For 75 years the Ramblers has existed as Britain's walking charity, to help everyone - no matter who they are or where they're from - experience the joy of walking."

Ramblers president Julia Bradbury said: "Accessible to all, walking is a perfect form of exercise.

"Even walking for half an hour five times a week makes a real difference. Make walking part of your life as the more you do the better you'll feel."

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