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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

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport believe walking is for everyone and is most fun when shared with others. There are a number of beginners walking groups across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland offering beginner friendly walks, led by trained and insured Walk Leaders. To find a group near you, please click here

For more information about the benefits of walking and how to get started take a look at the helpful NHS walking guide.

Find Walking Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Walking Month

Fri, 01 May 2020

May is National Walking Month and now the evenings are lighter for longer and the weather is warmer, this makes it the perfect time to get outside, and get walking.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

Race for Life

Tue, 04 Jun 2019

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all types of cancer.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

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

Spinney Hill Park

Includes and Outdoor Gym

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.

Jesse Jackson Park

Includes an Outdoor Gym

Glen Parva Walking Group

Glen Parva Walking Group

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Stoney Stanton Walking Group

Stoney Stanton Walking Group

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Melton Running Club - MRC

Melton Running Club - MRC

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Walk & Talk - Beginner Health Walk Melton

Walk & Talk - Beginner Health Walk Melton

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Senior Health Walks - Melton

Senior Health Walks - Melton

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Long Clawson Health Walks

Long Clawson Health Walks

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    Equality Standard
    Harborough LSA
    Melton LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Rutland
    Safeguarding
    Active Partnerships
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Leicester
    O&W LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Sport England

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Harborough LSA
    Melton LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    NWL LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    O&W LSA
  • Sport England
    Active Leicester
  • Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Equality Standard