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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

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Make Inside Feel Better.

National Walking Month

Sat, 01 May 2021

It’s time to get walking for National Walking Month!

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

Walk to School Week

Mon, 17 May 2021

The countdown is on to Walk to School Week 2021! The five-day walking challenge will be taking place from 17-21 May. Join the thousands of schools taking part and feel the benefits of walking.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for 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
Somerset Health Walks

Somerset Health Walks

Somerset Health Walks are gentle walks done on a regular basis for well-being.

Duncan Bawler Training

Duncan Bawler Training

I am a self employed PT and CrossFit Coach as well as L3 trainer assessor for the delivery of 1st Aid

Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset

We're a local charity working in the community across Somerset and North Somerset to support older people, their families and carers.

We want everyone to be able to love later life.

wildaboutexmoor

wildaboutexmoor

Wildaboutexmoor was founded to enable visitors and locals alike to make the very best of Exmoor national Park. We offer guided walks and experiences both at night to stargaze and spot wildlife and during the day - walking safaris and story walks, history,

GoodGym Exeter

GoodGym Exeter

The GoodGym is a charity set up to combine running with volunteering. Our community of runners get fit by doing good. We have free weekly group runs where we run to carry out a good deed for local organisations. All abilities welcome to join!

Exe Nordic Walking

Exe Nordic Walking

Sue is an INWA qualified Nordic Walking Instructor,
Learn the INWA 10 step technique method.
Join group walks in Natures' Outdoor Gym,
Enjoy walking and chatting,
Make friends,
Enjoy exercise,
Wellbeing, Meander, Ripple or Rapid walks available.

Weekly Exmoor Walk

Weekly Exmoor Walk

A weekly 2 boot (intermediate difficulty) walk that goes out from either Dulverton or locations across Exmoor (the Walk Leader sends out meeting point location and walking route information weekly to walkers who have registered for the walk). The contact details for the Dulverton Walk Leaders can be found on the West Somerset Walks leaflet either the hard copy or the electronic on our webpage: https://www.sasp.co.uk/west-somerset

Mindful Movement Classes

Mindful Movement Classes

Mindful Movement classes in May for the over 55s at East Hill, Ottery St Mary, as part of the Naturally Healthy May Campaign.
Classes will be on Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th May 11am-12pm and focus on mindful exercise including a walk and appreciation of the nature around us.
Please message me for more details and to book.

Minehead area weekly health walk

Minehead area weekly health walk

A weekly walk that goes out from various locations around the Minehead area, led by a trained Walk Leader.

Nordic Walk - Meander (Slower Pace) -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic Walk - Meander (Slower Pace) - Mincinglake Valley Park

Join us for a Nordic walk through the park, using your Nordic walking technique to enhance your natural walking style. Great views, hills to climb, moving more in natures gym. Small group walks in our local green spaces.

ReadySteadyWalk - Walking for fitness at Haldon Forest Park

ReadySteadyWalk - Walking for fitness at Haldon Forest Park

A walking group for those with low or no current fitness. Friendly and supportive atmosphere, led walks for 8 weeks.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
  • SAPHTO
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Lifeline
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK