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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 Derbyshire

Walk Derbyshire partner and public events

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

National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

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

GoodGym Derby

GoodGym helps you get fit by doing good. We’re a group of runners that combines regular exercise with helping our communities.

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

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.

PfP Leisure

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

RideWise

RideWise

RideWise is a charity dedicated to supporting and enabling the use of sustainable forms of transport. We inspire and support people and organisations to travel more frequently by bikes, trams, trains, buses, walking, cycling, carsharing and even electric

Rosliston parkrun

Rosliston parkrun

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

Walking

Nottingham and Derby Walking Group

The NDWG is a young persons walking club for guided walks in Nottingham, Derby and the Peak District. Easy walks, hill walks and weekend walking holidays throughout the UK.

Enrych

Enrych

We provide support to adults living with disabilities and mental health problems to help them to become more independent and confident members of the community.

Loughborough Female Fitness Club

Loughborough Female Fitness Club

We are a diverse and inclusive physical activity/sports club, which organises & promotes physical activity, health & wellbeing sessions for females (only) of all ages, with a focus on youth and adult women of ethnic minority and Muslim/faith groups.

Chesterfield Nordic Walking

Chesterfield Nordic Walking

Chesterfield Nordic Walking aims to get more people, more active, more often. We provide Learn to Nordic Walk courses, regular classes, Nordic Circuit training and Nordic Wellbeing classes in parks across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Chesterfield Canal Trust

Chesterfield Canal Trust

Voluntary organisation to promote the full restoration and appropriate development of the Chesterfield Canal and the Rother Link.

Group runs - do good, get fit

Group runs - do good, get fit

Run in a group to work on community projects

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Castle Donington)

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Castle Donington)

Running 18th-22nd & 25th-29th July

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Castle Donnington)

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Castle Donnington)

Running 8th-12th, 15th-19th & 22nd-23rd August

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Thringstone)

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Thringstone)

Running 18th-21st, 25th-28th July, 1st-4th & 8th-11th August

Conkers parkrun

Conkers parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Shepshed Health Walks

Shepshed Health Walks

Weekly health walk led by the friendly Shepshed health walk volunteers

Shepshed Health Walk

Shepshed Health Walk

A friendly and sociable weekly walk of around an hour led by volunteers from the Forest House Surgery patient's group which welcomes walkers of all abilities. Just turn up, say hello and join in.

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Shepshed)

Holidays Together - Summer Session (Shepshed)

Running 12th-14th, 19th-21st, 26th-28th July, 2nd-4th, 9th-11th & 16th-18th August

Bulwell Runners Social Run Session & Couch To 5K Course

Bulwell Runners Social Run Session & Couch To 5K Course

Meet @ Ken Martin Leisure Centre, Hucknall Lane. NG6 8AP. Join us for a run and chat session in Bulwell. All welcome from beginners. We run up to 5K.

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The National Forest Trek

The National Forest Trek

The National Forest Trek is an annual walking challenge weaving through the lush woodlands, gently rolling countryside and industrial heritage of the National Forest Way.

Sign up for the full, three-day trek, spare just a couple of days, or join us for a 20-mile hike almost anyone can do.

Step by step you will reconnect with nature and with those around you, all while raising money for an important cause.