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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.

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

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

Race for Life

Tue, 04 Jun 2019

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all types of cancer.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

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

National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

Contact Name
General enquiries
Contact Email
ramblers@ramblers.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 7339 8500

Dream Chaser Youth Club

DCYC established in 2016 by Ms Asha Ali Rage, a Somali mother with a group of disadvantage children at Small Heath leisure center, she provides football, netball and basketball session every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, she is trained and qualified coach &

Worcestershire County Council. Walking for Health Groups across Worcestershire

Walking for Health is a network of 600 health walk schemes across England, with regular short walks each week. Anyone can turn up and join in – it’s free,fun and friendly.
Short walks for beginners• Trained walk leaders• Safe routes to walk

Vision Sports Academy CIC

Vision Sports Academy CIC (VSA) is a Birmingham based sports coaching social enterprise, more specifically a community interest company which tackles social objectives & reinvests profits back into the community.

Burghill Valley Golf Club

Primarily a golf club, but with extensive practise and catering facilities. Inclusive and welcome non golfers. Coaching provided for juniors (age 5 +) ladies only sessions, and we are part of the schools programme. Safegolf accreditation, and have also t

Worcester Community Trust

Worcester Community Trust runs six Community Centres in Worcester. We have facilities available for hire for Sports Clubs from Meeting Rooms to Small Sports Halls and a 3G Synthetic Pitch. If you need a venue in Worcester please do not hesitate to contact

Worcester Fitness Training

Fun and Friendly Fitness Training programmes
1:1 or small group, indoors and out for adults and juniors.

Senior Physical Activity and Sport Programme

As part of the University of Worcester Community engagement initiative, the SPAAS programme offers physical activity opportunities to individuals aged 60 or above within Worcestershire. SPAAS offers a wide variety of senior sports, exercise classes and ac

Tea, Talk and Walk

Tea, Talk and Walk

A stroll around the park, or maybe a little bit more, the choice is yours at Tea, Talk and Walk.

Walk anywhere between the distance from your car to a nice cup of tea or coffee, to 5 miles or more, the choice is yours.

Walking to Fitness

Walking to Fitness

The Walking to fitness programme is ideal for complete beginners. It's the perfect way to get more active in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven Walking to Fitness

Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven Walking to Fitness

A friendly walking group for those living with and beyond breast cancer

Walking to Fitness with the Breast Unit Haven

Walking to Fitness with the Breast Unit Haven

An interval based walking programme which is ideal for beginners and a great way to get active or to increase fitness levels.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you've never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Walks for Health

Walks for Health

Led and organised by a dedicated group of local volunteers, caters for all abilities with short and medium walks organised weekly as well as regular long and more strenuous walks.