The Big Smile
Keep up to date with all the latest news and events from the Walk & Talk Trust and The Big Smile below.
Echo backs The Big Smile to help disadvantaged youngsters into the great outdoors.
How walking and connecting to nature saved Keiron Young’s life.
One of the world’s most respected mountaineers is the latest high-profile figure to support a North-East initiative to inspire a new generation of walkers.
Intrepid Toby Simpson is preparing to embark on a 4,500 kilometre bike ride in 40 days to raise money for two charities close to his heart.
Mountain leader and former Royal Marine Richard Ellis is at the heart of a new campaign to inspire the next generation of walkers.
A group of men who started walking regularly to boost their mental health have spoken of the difference getting out in the countryside has made to their wellbeing.
Pupils from a North-East school have become the first children to receive free hiking boots thanks to a charity dedicated to inspiring a new generation of walkers.
The Big Smile is an important new initiative aimed at boosting well-being through a series of 50 walks through the northern countryside – and businesses are being urged to get on board.
Pupils from a North-East school got a special end-of-term treat courtesy of a newly-launched charity dedicated to helping children enjoy the great outdoors.
One of the North-East’s leading motor dealers is the latest high-profile business to back a new charity aiming to tackle physical and mental health through the power of walking and talking.
Two North-East charities have joined forces to offer autistic adults a chance to explore their surroundings and experience the beauty of the great outdoors.
An intrepid cyclist has set off on an attempt to circumnavigate the UK via every national park to raise funds for two deserving charities.
The Walk and Talk Trust, which is promoting the physical health and emotional wellbeing benefits of exercising and communicating outdoors, has teamed up with the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
Two North-East charities are teaming up to support each other through the power of walking. The Walk & Talk Trust and the North East Autism Society have formed a partnership that will help raise funds for both organisations.
The first of 50 fundraising walks takes places today (Monday) as part of a pioneering campaign to boost physical and mental health by reconnecting people with the countryside.
A campaign to improve physical and mental health in the North-East through the power of walking in the countryside began yesterday. PETER BARRON joined the first leg of The Big Smile
TWO intrepid guides leading a series of fundraising walks covering 1,000 kilometres have reached an important milestone with a rallying cry to supporters.
Toby Simpson has arrived home after cycling round the country for two charities close to his heart – and he had a special reason for getting back in time. PETER BARRON was there to see him return.
A HEAD teacher has praised a campaign aimed at boosting physical and mental health through the power of walking – and urged other schools to get involved.
TWO intrepid walkers are still going strong after passing the halfway mark in their quest to cover 1,000 kilometres in a fundraising campaign.
A NORTH-EAST charity will donate more than 1,000 pairs of walking boots to children following the success of its first fundraising campaign.
THE fiftieth and final leg of a campaign to inspire a new generation of walkers is underway today. The Big Smile, physical and mental health initiative backed by The Northern Echo, began at Raby Castle in County Durham on June 21, and ends in Durham City this afternoon.
A campaign aimed at inspiring a new generation of walkers reached its finale today. PETER BARRON was there for the final steps of The Big Smile 2021