Dan stepped out with twenty keen walkers from the Camel Ramblers group on Wednesday to talk about the many benefits of walking and how they can help to build a walking Britain.
The walk highlighted the importance of paths in North Cornwall and how these are beneficial to the health and wellbeing of people in the area.
The weather remained kind although wet underfoot as the group of twenty set off from the Quarryman pub, expertly bed by Libby, a keen rambler with a wealth of knowledge about the paths in the area.
Dan heard that by helping the council clear paths, install kissing gates, steps and bridges Cornwall Ramblers have saved the local tax payer thousands of pounds.
Hilda Blacklaw, Chair of the Camel District Ramblers, said: “We’d like to thank Dan for joining us on a walk around the paths of Wadebridge so that we could to show him the importance of walking to our health and wellbeing and to the local economy. We hope he enjoyed getting out with us and enjoying our beautiful countryside and to see, first hand, some of the places where the ramblers have made a huge difference for walkers in North Cornwall.
“We know walking is one of the most accessible, achievable and enjoyable ways to get people in North Cornwall more active. We offer regular local walks of varying lengths and we’d love for you to join us too to discover the fun, friendship and fresh-air of walking with a group.”
Following the walk, Dan said: "I had a great day walking on the beautiful paths near Wadebridge with the Camel Ramblers. I am keen to do all I can to help people get out walking, both for their health and wellbeing and to support our local economy."
As Government Environment Minister Dan Rogerson has worked to secure funding to repair the South West Coast Path, including at Trevone, Daymer Bay and Port Isaac, and investment to market the path as a tourist attraction. The Ramblers also thanked Dan for his support of the One Coast for All campaign, and his role in ensuring the whole of Cornwall and England will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of a coast path.