Wollaton Park: the perfect location to spot nature, spend time outdoors and get involved with national walking month. Credits: Jessica Piazzi

Going out for a walk has been a key way for young people to keep in touch with family and friends during the last year, according to research for National Walking Month.

More than half (56%) of 18-24-year-olds surveyed by charity Living Streets said they used walking as a way see loved ones safely and legally during lockdowns.

Better physical health was cited by 76% of all people who responded as a benefit of a daily walk and 56% felt it was good for their mental health.

National Walking Month and the campaign #WalkthisMay celebrates the outdoors and is encouraging people to record the number of short journeys they are making during May as part of efforts to continue the enthusiasm for walking for the long term.

Reporters Enya Stock and Jessica Piazzi went to one of Nottingham’s most popular walking spots, Wollaton Park, and found people were relishing being outdoors all the more since the pandemic restrictions were eased.

And they also met a man out walking with his pet parrot . . .