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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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Active10

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Walk 4 Life

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Ramblers Association

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

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,

The Alice Cross Centre

The Alice Cross Centre – The centre provides help, support, advice, hot meals and friendship to local people.

Torbay Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a trainer pool, 92 station gym, including Queenax Rig, sports hall, 4 squash courts,a friendly onsite café and even a Velopark.

Fitness 4 Living ND

I am a personal trainer/fitness instructor looking to help people to return to or take up exercise. I lead walking classes around South Molton. i have recently taken over a circuits-type exercise class and launched a chair-based exercise class.

Moor Fitness and Nutrition

We are a business that provided personal training and nutrition services to local people across a range on environments.

Grand Western Canal Country Park

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders for 11¼ miles through beautiful countryside and quiet villages between the market town of Tiverton and the hamlet of Lowdwells.

- Horse drawn barge
- Cafés
- Play park
- Visito

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!

Nordic walk - Meander -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic walk - Meander - 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.

Faster Rapid Nordic Walk on Friday mornings in Ludwell Valley

Slower Meander Nordic Walk on Monday morning in Riverside Valley Park

Beginner activity classes for the over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Beginner activity classes for the over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest hosts a number of free beginner courses throughout the year, please contact us for more information.

Walk with extra strength exercises

Walk with extra strength exercises

Decoy Park walk and exercise

Chalkscapes Development Manager - North Chilterns

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