We create Walkways in partnership with national governments, city officials, schools, Commonwealth Games Associations and local communities.
There are 4 simple steps to creating a Walkway:
The first step is to agree the most significant points of interest in the capital of each Commonwealth nation and territory which are to be connected by a route. Normally Walkways include between ten and twenty points but several have many more. The points can acknowledge significant people and events as well as places. There are likely to be as many as 3,000 points marked in the Commonwealth in total.
The Walkway, typically a loop and 5km long but can be of any length, is then designed to be as safe, attractive and accessible as possible. Often Walkways can be enhanced to improve the quality of the walking experience and consideration should be go be given to this. (It took 17 years to improve the access along the Jubilee Walkway in London, but The Queen's Walk, between Lambeth Bridge and Tower Bridge is now one of the most walkable parts of the capital - so be visionary!)
Bronze markers are to be installed in the ground at each of the agreed points of interest. Her Majesty The Queen, as Head of The Commonwealth, has kindly given permission for her personal EIIR cypher and crown to be hand cast in the Walkway marker design. The markers, which are available from The Trust, take about an hour to install using either a 300mm core drill or an angle grinder. (The video opposite gives useful installation tips).
The second step is to write the story for each point of significance so that it can be shared digitally and potentially in print locally too.
Wellington, New Zealand created an attractive pocket map for their Walkway; Malta produced a booklet. On the Gold Coast of Australia, the Mayor has created a Commonwealth Walkway Passport, Guidebook and handout certificates too for those that complete the route.
In time the Trust plan to reward visitors to multiple marker locations with bronze, silver and gold Commonwealth citizen certificates.
The third step is to prepare an interpretive panel, at the start of each route, to promote the Walkway and the principles and values of the Commonwealth signed by Her Majesty The Queen.
The panels, which are coordinated by the Trust, explain the significance of each country; illustrate some of the highlights on the route; and provide a map and an opportunity to thank sponsors.
Hand drawn and embossed in zinc the panels are supplied in a bespoke lectern metal frame that is approximately 1750mm long x 450mm wide. The panels are accessible, legible and long lasting.
Traditionally panels are unveiled by a member of The Royal Family or a significant person locally. Over time the original Jubilee Walkway has amassed 45 panels, celebrating various points of interest, sponsored often by local businesses over 40 years. More information on these can be found on the Trust's history page.
In time we hope to organise an annual ‘Walk for the Commonwealth' once all 81 Walkways are in the ground. Some countries are already walking, during Commonwealth week in March and at other times too, mobilising communities to benefit their health, raise money for charity and celebrate the Commonwealth family of nations.
The Commonwealth Games Federation recognise the Walkways as a permanent legacy of The Queen's Baton Relay which visits every Commonwealth nation and territory in advance of the
Commonwealth Games every four years. Commonwealth Games associations locally are often leading local partnerships to target the 37% of people in the Commonwealth currently not active enough to benefit their health to use the Walkways as an accessible gateway into more everyday physically activity.