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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.

Better Health

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Walk 4 Life

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National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

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

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.

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

Hinckley Ramblers

Located in Hinckley and have been offering walks for 47years, 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.

Chesterfield Canal Trust

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

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.

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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.

Rosliston parkrun

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

PfP Leisure

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

Chalkscapes Development Manager - North Chilterns

The main purpose of this post is to lead the development of Chalkscapes and submit a successful National Lottery Heritage Fund Stage 2 bid, to time and budget.