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🚶‍♂️ 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 a 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?

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.

Here is a more complete list ...

Next we asked what people might take with them when walking?

- Backpack

- Good boots

- Walking sticks

- 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 -

FIRST SONG. 'These Boots Were Made For Walking', Nancy Sinatra -


Then 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)

- A hop, a skip and a JUMP (nearby)

- Put your best foot FORWARD (Go for it!)


Round 1. Famous People & Their Shoes

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

She was a model in the 60s? What shoe is she wearing?

He was a rock star whose alter-ego was Ziggy Stardust? What shoe is he wearing?

He was the lead singer with T-Rex? What is under his feet?

She rose to fame as a Supermodel in the 90s? What shoe is she wearing?

They had a hit single in 1980 called 'Baggy Trousers'? What shoe are they wearing?

Their first hit single in 1996 was 'Wannabe'? What shoe is being worn by the girl kneeling down?

He played for Manchester United, making his debut at age 17? What shoe is he wearing?

He has won 20 Grand Slam tennis titles? What shoe is he holding?

He starred in the 1969 movie 'True Grit'? What shoe is pictured?

He starred in 'Baywatch'? What shoe is he wearing?

He is Chief Scout and a reality presenter? What shoe is he wearing?

She was 'The People's Princess'? What shoe is she wearing?

This ex cricketer walked from Land's End to John O Groat's (and several other walks) to raise over £8m for 'Leukemia Research'? What is his nickname?

'Blue Suede Shoes', Elvis Presley -

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


'Roller Skates', 'Some Mother's Do Ave Em' -

Not walking, but it sort of works.

Name the characters & what was his catchphrase?

Round 2. Famous Walks

Identify the famous footpath or climb ...

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

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

This climb is in Peru?

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

This walk is near 'Alice Springs' in Australia?

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

(Anyone fancy it?)

This climb is in London?

This climb is in New South Wales, Australia?

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

This wall walk stretches from coast to coast. It is 84 miles long?

What type of tree was recently cut down in a gap in the wall?

Kjeragbolten is a boulder on Mt. Kjerag in Norway. It's stuck (unsupported) 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?

SONG. 'Walking On Sunshine', Katrina & The Waves' -

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

Round 3. Who Is Wearing The Shoe?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (1939 movie 'Wizard Of Oz')

What shoe is she wearing?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (1950 Disney movie)

Name the shoe?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (Famous Hollywood movie actress)

Name the shoe?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (1978 movie 'Grease')

What shoe is she wearing?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (1990 movie 'Pretty Woman')

What shoe is she wearing?

Name the person wearing the shoe? ('King Of Pop')

What shoe is he wearing & what dance is he performing ?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (1987 movie 'Dirty Dancing')

What shoe is she wearing?

Name the person wearing the shoe? (1994 movie 'Forrest Gump')

What shoe is he wearing?

Name the person who wore the shoe? (Out of this world!)

What shoe made this print?

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

What shoe is she wearing?

SONG. 'Kinky Boots', Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman -

Which 1960s TV show did they star in together?


'Monty Python's Flying Circus Ministry Of Funny Walks' -

Name the walker?

ROUND 4. Journey Books & Movies

Name the book or movie ....

Here are some clues:

- Mark Twain

- Johnathan Swift (this is a defunct theme park in Japan)

- Von Trapp family

- Collie dog

- Stalag Luft 111

- Jules Verne

- JRR Tolkien / Frodo

- Phileas Fogg & Passepartout

- H.G. Wells

- Marty McFly

- Enid Blyton

Who wrote the books?

What was the name of their dog & what did they like to drink?

SONG. 'Bring Me Sunshine', Morecambe & Wise -

Can anyone demonstrate their end of the show dance?

Round 5. A Few Extra Questions

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

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

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

How old is the oldest leather shoe in the world (it was found in the Arena-1 cave in Armenia in 2008)?

(Nearest guess) How much did the shoe(s) thrown at President Bush recently sell for at auction?

Some more walking songs (ask members to choose which to play)

'Walk On By', Dionne Warwick -

'You'll Never Walk Alone', Gerry & The Pacemakers -

'Hole In My Shoe', Traffic -

'Goody Two Shoes', Adam And The Ants -

'Walk Like An Egyptian', The Bangles -

'Walking In Memphis', Marc Cohn -

'I'm Gonna Be 500 Miles', The Proclaimers -


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 or prayer ...


Twiggy (Lesley Lawson nee Hornby) / Brogues

David Bowie / Platforms

Marc Bolan / Skateboard

Kate Moss / Wellington Boots (Glastonbury)

Madness / Doc Martens

Spice Girls / Platforms

David Beckham / Football Boots

Roger Federer / Tennis Shoes

John Wayne (Previously Marion Morrison) / Cowboy Boots

David Hasselhoff / Flip Flops

Bear Grylls / Hiking Boots

Princes Diana / High Heels

Ian Botham / Beefy


Fans & Betty Spencer / "Oo Betty, the cat's done a whoopsie on the carpet."

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

'South West Coastal Path'

Machu Picchu

'Great Wall Of China'

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

'Grand Canyon Skywalk'

'Up At The O2 (Arena)'

'Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk'

'The Peak District'

'Hadrian's Wall Walk'

Sycamore Gap


1997 / 'Love Shine A Light'

Judy Garland / Ruby Slippers

Cinderella / Glass Slipper

Marilyn Monroe (Previously Norma Jean Mortenson) /Stilettos

Olivia Newton-John / Red Mules

Julia Roberts / Thigh-High PVC Boots

Michael Jackson / Moonwalk Shoes

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

Tom Hanks / Cortez Running Shoes (Trainers is okay)

Neil Armstrong / Space Boots

Kate Bush / Ballet Shoes

'The Avengers'

John Cleese

'The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn' (Mickey Rooney)

'Gulliver's Travels'

'The Sound Of Music' (Christopher Plummer)

'Lassie Come Home' (Elizabeth Taylor)

'The Great Escape' (Steve McQueen)

'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth'

'Lord Of The Rings' (Elijah Wood)

'Around The World In 80 Days' (David Niven)

'The Time Machine' (Rod Taylor)

'Back To The Future' (Michael J Fox)

Enid Blyton / 'The Famous Five'

Timmy / "Lashings of ginger beer."

Trevor Eve

Imelda Marcos

Michael Jordan

3,500 years old



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