PRIMARY pupils from across the borough have been taking to their feet this week as part of National Walk to School week.

The national campaign celebrates the benefits of walking, and this dedicated week is the perfect time to give walking a go.

Dudley Council’s road safety and travel awareness team has been co-ordinating the week in a bid to encourage both children and adults to find a more sustainable way to travel.

All primary schools in the borough were sent resources to help and encourage their pupils to find an alternative way of travelling to school, whether on foot, by cycling, or by ‘park and striding’ their way to school.

Each class has received a pack appropriate to their age, while every pupil has an activity diary focusing on the benefits of walking, and every day children walk they get a sticker to put on the class chart.

At the end of the week every child who walked at least part of their journey will be rewarded with a pack of sunflower seeds.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, the council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Walking to school helps to reduce pollution and congestion levels and teaches children vital road safety skills.

“This campaign also reminds parents and children of the health benefits that can come from utilising active travel whenever possible.”