🚶‍♂️ May Is 'National Walking Month'

We started our session by remembering that May is 'National Walking Month'.

We asked members who likes to go for a walk or take hike? Have they a favourite footpath or route to walk?

Have they a favourite pair of shoes, now or in the past? What shoe sizes do members have? Who has the smallest and largest feet? What are the pros and cons?

We asked members what are some of the health benefits of walking? Here is our list:

- Improved well-being

- Improved cardiac health and fitness

- Improved strength and balance

- Stronger bones and muscles

- Reduced body weight.

We asked what people might take with them when walking?

- Good boots

- Waterproofs

- A hat and gloves

- Sunscreen and sunglasses maybe?

- An OS map. Maybe a compass?

- A mobile phone

- A GPS tracker

- A pedometer

- Binoculars

- A sandwich and flask of tea

- Kendall mint cake

- A friend or partner

- An iPod and earphones

- A camera

- A dog?

There's a good 'Walking For Health' Fact Sheet here - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/walking-for-good-health

FIRST SONG. 'These Boots Were Made For Walking', Nancy Sinatra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww


We completed these following idioms about walking together, by way of a shout out ...

- Within walking DISTANCE (Nearby)

- A stones THROW (Very close)

- He is a walking DISASTER or DICTIONARY (A clumsy or knowledgeable person)

- Walking on thin ICE (Pushing it)

- Walking on egg SHELLS (Being careful)

- Walking the tight ROPE (Trying to keep both sides happy)

- Give someone their marching ORDERS (Give someone the sack)

- Someone is walking over your GRAVE (Send shivers down your spine)

- A walk down memory LANE (Reminiscing together)

- Walking on sun SHINE (Very happy)

- Being made to walk the PLANK (Taking the blame)

- Walking WOUNDED (Injured)

- Walk the walk and talk the TALK (Be good at something)

- Walk a mile in someone's SHOES (Develop empathy)

- Walk on the wild SIDE (Take a risk)

- As tough as old BOOTS (Thick skinned)

- Organise something on a shoe STRING (On a budget)

- Goody two SHOES (Angelic)

- Down at HEEL (Depressed)

- Fill your BOOTS (Help yourself)

- Pull out the rug from under someone's FEET (Trip somebody up)

- The shoe is on the other FOOT (Things have changed)

- Put your foot in your MOUTH (Embarrass yourself)

- Stand on your own two FEET (Be independent)

- Keep both feet on the GROUND (Level headed)

- Walk away Scot FREE (escape any blame)

- Walk down memory LANE (reminiscences)


Round 1. Famous People & Their Shoes

Identify the famous person ... and the shoe ...

1. She was a model in the 60s?

And the shoe?

2. He was a rock star whose alter-ego was Ziggy Stardust?

And the shoe?

3. He was the lead singer with T-Rex?

What is under his feet?

4. They had a hit single in 1980 called 'Baggy Trousers'?

And the shoe?

5. Their first hit single in 1996 was 'Wannabe'?

And the shoe, worn by the girl kneeling down?

6. He played for Manchester United, making his debut at age 17?

And the shoe?

7. He has won 20 Grand Slam tennis titles?

And the shoe?

8. He starred in 'Baywatch'?

And the shoe?

9. He starred in the 1969 movie 'True Grit'?

And the shoe?

10. She rose to fame as a Supermodel in the 90s?

And the shoe?

11. 'Blue Suede Shoes', Elvis Presley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Ond-OwgU8

Which South Wales seaside resort hosts the largest annual Elvis Convention in the World every September?

Round 2. Famous Walks

Identify the famous footpath or climb ...

12. This 513 mile walk is in North Spain. It takes about 35 days?

13. This 330 mile footpath wraps around the coast of Cornwall and beyond?

14. This climb is in Peru?

15. This climb is in London?

16. This climb is in New South Wales, Australia?

17. This 13,171 miles long wall can be seen from space?

18. This walk is near 'Alice Springs' in Australia?

19. This walk overlooks the 'Colorado River' in the USA?

(Anyone fancy it?)

20. Kjeragbolten is a boulder on Mt. Kjerag in Norway. It's stuck between two cliffs at over 3,200 feet from the bottom. (Anyone fancy having their photo taken here?)

The question is, what do they call the deep narrow inlets of water, formed by glaciers?

21. Which 'District' or National Park does the 268 mile long 'Pennine Way' pass through?

22. SONG. 'Walking On Sunshine', Katrina & The Waves' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U

What year did they win the 'Eurovision Song Contest' and with which song (it was the last win for the UK)?

Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azw4Kh8Rqpw

Round 3. Who Is Wearing The Shoe?

23. The person wearing the shoe? (1978 movie 'Grease')

The shoe?

24. The person wearing the shoe? (1939 movie 'Wizard Of Oz')

The shoe?

25. The person wearing the shoe? (1950 Disney movie)

The shoe?

26. The person wearing the shoe? ('King Of Pop')

The shoe?

27. The person wearing the shoe? (Famous Hollywood movie actress)

The shoe?

28. The person who wore the shoe? (Out of this world!)

The shoe?

29. The person wearing the shoe? (1990 movie 'Pretty Woman')

The shoe?

30. The person wearing the shoe? (1987 movie 'Dirty Dancing')

The shoe?

31. The person wearing the shoe? (1994 movie 'Forrest Gump')

The shoe?

32. The person wearing the shoe? (This music icon had a 1993 hit album entitled 'The Red Shoes')

The shoe?

33. SONG. 'Kinky Boots', Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0mTRiZGvvw

Which 1960s TV show did they star in together?


'Monty Python's Flying Circus Ministry Of Funny Walks' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCLp7zodUiI

ROUND 4. A Few Extra Questions

34. Who starred in the 1970s TV detective series 'Shoestring'?

35. Which former 'First Lady Of The Philippines' was said to have owned more than 3,000 pair of shoes?

36. Name this basketball player, whose old sneakers recently sold at auction for $1.5m?


37. (Nearest guess) How much did the shoe(s) thrown at President Bush sold at auction for how many million $?

38. SONG. 'Goody Two Shoes', Adam And The Ants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuOhVIEEM4I

Name either of their UK number 1 hits?

39. SONG. 'Hole In My Shoe', Traffic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a77yHpjdUtU

What is a shoemaker or repairer called?

40. 'You'll Never Walk Alone', Gerry & The Pacemakers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV5_LQArLa0

Which musical does this song come from?

Can anyone think of any other songs about walking?

'Walking In Memphis', Marc Cohn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgRafRp-P-o

'I'm Gonna Be 500 Miles', The Proclaimers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbNlMtqrYS0

'Walk On By', Dionne Warwick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9M744rDd40


You could polish shoes together (or paint daps white?)

You could give members (who want it) a foot bath and pedicure. Wash feet in warm water with lavender oil or similar. Dry thoroughly. Apply a small amount of foot cream and rub in well (so as to avoid slips). Paint toenails. (Be aware that cutting nails requires a certificated course these days!)

You could make footprints in the sand or on paper with paint (take care re the choice of product) and then photograph and display your efforts.

Or you could simply go for a walk somewhere beautiful in nature. Make it more sensory, by pausing to smell herbs and flowers and touch different textures.

Some people will enjoy this famous poem ...


1. Twiggy (Lesley Lawson nee Hornby) / Brogues

2. David Bowie / Platforms

3. Marc Bolan / Skateboard

4. Madness / Doc Martens

5. Spice Girls / Platforms

6. David Beckham / Football Boots

7. Roger Federer / Tennis Shoes

8. David Hasselhoff / Flip Flops

9. John Wayne (Previously Marion Morrison) / Cowboy Boots

10. Kate Moss / Wellington Boots

11. Porthcawl

12. 'Camino De Santiago' (a.k.a. 'The Way Of St James')

13. 'South West Coastal Path'

14. Machu Picchu

15. 'Up At The O2 (Arena)'

16. 'Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk'

17. 'Great Wall Of China'

18. 'Uluru' (Previously known as 'Ayres Rock')

19. 'Grand Canyon Skywalk'

20. Fjords

21. 'The Peak District'

22. 1997 & 'Love Shine A Light'

23. Olivia Newton-John / Red Mules

24. Judy Garland / Ruby Slippers

25. Cinderella / Glass Slipper

26. Michael Jackson / Moonwalk Shoes

27. Marilyn Monroe (Previously Norma Jean Mortenson) /Stilettos

28. Neil Armstrong / Space Boots

29. Julia Roberts / Thigh-High PVC Boots

30. Jennifer Grey / White Keds (Pumps or Daps is okay)

31. Tom Hanks / Cortez Running Shoes (Trainers is okay)

32. Kate Bush / Ballet Shoes

33. 'The Avengers'

34. Trevor Eve

35. Imelda Marcos

36. Michael Jordan

37. $10m

38. 'Stand And Deliver' & 'Prince Charming'

39. Cobbler

40. 'Carousel'