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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.

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

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.

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 &

Rosliston parkrun

We are a free 5km timed event based at Rosliston Forestry Centre. We welcome runners and walkers of all abilities.

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Hinckley Ramblers

Located in Hinckley and have been offering walks for 45years the area's leading walking/hiking group
We offer Walks 3 times a week and
are members of HBC Ramblers Walking for Health on Burbage Common.

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.

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.

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.

Walking to Fitness

Walking to Fitness

This group is specifically for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis, is undergoing treatment or has had treatment for cancer and is run in conjunction with The Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.
It's a friendly, relaxed group and is led by a Breast Cancer survivor. It's a great way to build up, or regain your fitness and you will be sure of a warm welcome.
Walking to Fitness is interval based, mixing faster walking and slower walking all at your own pace.
If you are in active treatment please check with your team before joining us.

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.

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.