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Walking

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.

Connecting Actively to Nature

CAN is an exciting programme that supports and inspires inactive people aged over 55, in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth, to connect actively to nature. This includes people with multiple barriers to ac

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

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.

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.

National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

Contact Name
General enquiries
Contact Email
ramblers@ramblers.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 7339 8500
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,
Meander, Ripple or Rapid walks available.

Grand Western Canal Country Park

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

Moor Fitness and Nutrition

Moor Fitness and Nutrition

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

The Alice Cross Centre

The Alice Cross Centre

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

Torbay Leisure Centre

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

Fitness 4 Living ND

I am a personal trainer/fitness instructor looking to help people to return to or take up exercise. I lead a walking class around South Molton. I also run a couple of a circuits-type exercise classes and a chair-based exercise class.

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!

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.

One of 8 walks
Rapid, Ripple or Meander

30 Active minutes per day Lockdown 2.0

30 Active minutes per day Lockdown 2.0

A virtual challenge for all. 30 Active minutes per day through lockdown

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.

Active Walking

Active Walking

A sea breeze stroll along Teignmouth Promenade with stationary exercises along the way

Active Walking

Active Walking

A sea breeze stroll along Teignmouth Promenade with stationary exercises along the way

Walk Jog Run

Walk Jog Run

Getting outdoors into a Green Space. Progress to a walk, or take a walk to a jog, all at your own pace

F4L Health Walk

F4L Health Walk

A one hour walk of between 2 and 3 miles around South Molton.

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