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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.

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
Runtogether - HLB Runners

Runtogether - HLB Runners

HLB Runners is a local run club in Maulden which offers a variety of weekly runs aimed at all abilities of runner, from C25k to Long Sunday runs.

Action4Youth

Action4Youth

Our charity gives local children and young people inspiring experiences and life skills, no matter what their background, ability or disability. We run two outstanding outdoor education centres, deliver NCS, Duke of Edinburgh and give vital support to ove

Turvey Turtles

Turvey Turtles

Turvey Turtles is a new RunTogether group lead by a qualified Run Leader in Turvey, Bedfordshire. There will be sessions for all including Couch to 5k, social runs and games.

Memory Walk, Alzheimer’s Society

Memory Walk, Alzheimer’s Society

A series of sponsored walk events, raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 400 active schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.

Ramblers Association

Ramblers Association

The Ramblers Association in the National Governing Body for Rambling in the UK.