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Walking

Walking is the easiest, most accessible, cost effective, and enjoyable way for most people to increase their physical activity.

An Overview of Walking

There are many footpaths, parks and country parks to explore. Most of us walk a little bit every day, but most of us would benefit from walking more. Whether it's for leisure, to work up a sweat or in competition, you can find a type of walking that suits your ability and fits into your schedule.

  • Urban walking: Ditch the car and walk - it's that simple!
  • Walking groups: Don't want to walk alone? Joining a walking group is not only social, it can also help motivate you to keep going.
  • Rambling and Hiking: If you enjoy the great outdoors, there is no better way of experiencing the countryside than at your own pace through hiking or rambling.
  • Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking can be seen as taking your nature walk to the next level, using poles to work the upper body and push the legs a little harder than they would be otherwise.
  • Race Walking: it's a progression of steps where the feet make contact with the ground constantly. At least one foot must always be on the ground at any time. In running, the feet move at a much faster pace and feet are allowed to both be off the ground at the same time.
  • Hiking is a natural exercise that promotes physical fitness, is economical and convenient, and requires no special equipment. Hiking is basic to many sporting activities and is also a widely recommended and practiced form of physical training.

Benefits

Along with the physical benefits, walking can be done in an organised group or with friends making it the perfect social activity. Walking with others is a great way to meet new people and keep motivated.

Involvement

For more information about the benefits of walking and how to get started take a look at the helpful NHS walking guide. To find local walking schemes or to start one of your own, visit Walking for Health.

Find Walking Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Active 10 App

The Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go!

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

Go Orienteering - Permanent Courses

A Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way for getting active, enjoying the scenery and green spaces with your family, or as a chance to get outdoors for a competitive time trial.

parkrun

parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.

Walk 4 Life

Walk4Life was orginally part of the Government's Change4Life campaign that was set up to encourage families and adults to eat well, move more and live longer, by making small lifestyle changes that ad

Walking for Health

Find a local health walk scheme today...

National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

Contact Name
General enquiries
Contact Email
ramblers@ramblers.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 7339 8500
Thrive Community Health, Fitness and Wellness

Thrive Community Health, Fitness and Wellness

Weight Management
Wellness Workshops
Group Exercise Classes
Mental Health First Aid
1:1 Health Coaching (available from January 2022)

The Park Club Chatham

The Park Club Chatham

The Park Club is a charitable company whose focus is to get more people, more active, more often. We have two clubs in Kent, one in Chatham and one in Ashford. We offer group exercise classes, a fully equipped gym, functional training area & squash court

Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers

Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers

SLJ was set up in 1999 as a women's running cub for all ages & abilities. We now offer Fitball, Yoga, Pilates, Power Walking and Hi Met classes.

A Better Medway

A Better Medway

Medway Council's public health team run a number of sessions across Medway to improve fitness and support physical activity.

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

A free, weekly & timed 5km event open to people of all ages and abilities. Every Saturday at 9am.

Wellbeing in the Weald

Wellbeing in the Weald

Our aim is to organise new and promote existing wellbeing activities in the Weald area, to encourage social inclusion.

The Park Club

The Park Club

The Park Club is a charitable company whose focus is to get more people, more active, more often. We have two clubs in Kent, one in Chatham and one in Ashford. We offer many group exercise classes as well a fully equipped gym and functional training area

Cranbrook Wellbeing Walks

Cranbrook Wellbeing Walks

These FREE guided walks explore the beautiful countryside around the historic market town of Cranbrook.

Cranbrook Wellbeing Walks

Cranbrook Wellbeing Walks

These FREE guided walks explore the beautiful countryside around the historic market town of Cranbrook.

Cranbrook Wellbeing Walks

Cranbrook Wellbeing Walks

These FREE guided walks explore the beautiful countryside around the historic market town of Cranbrook.

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Walk Derbyshire Lead

Derbyshire County Council and Active Derbyshire want to support everyone in the county to have the opportunity to walk within their local community. There is a particular focus on people and communities where being active is not a part of their current life. Derbyshire already has an incredible network of walking groups and this will provide a foundation to build upon with many local partners.

Walk Derbyshire is being launched to promote all walking opportunities across the County. We are looking for some to lead on this work over the next 3 years.