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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

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.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

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

Active10

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

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
The Outwoods

The Outwoods

Classed as an Ancient Woodland, the Outwoods supports a rich variety of plants, insects and birds typical of such old woodlands.

Glen Parva Nature Reserve

Glen Parva Nature Reserve

A Green Flag award-winning site with walks over the fields and alongside the Grand Union Canal.

Walking

Castle Hill Country Park

Established in the early 1980’s, the park takes its name from the dramatic medieval Castle Hill Earthworks, believed to be a Knights Hospitallier monastic grange or sheep farm.

Sport in Desford

Sport in Desford

The Charity’s objects (“the objects”) are the promotion of community participation within the village of Desford and its environs in healthy recreation, in particular by the provision of facilities for playing bowls, tennis, squash, football, recrea

Watermead Country Park, Leicester

Watermead Country Park, Leicester

Watermead Country Park is a network of lakes woodlands and nature reserves created from 340 acres of gravel workings along the River Soar to the north of the city.

Partners

  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    NWL LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
  • Active Rutland
    Charnwood LSA
    Melton LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Harborough LSA
  • Equality Standard
    Safeguarding
    Active Leicester
    Active Oadby and Wigston

Partners

  • Leicestershire County Council
    NWL LSA
  • Sport England
    Active Leicester
  • Equality Standard
    Charnwood LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Active Partnerships
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Safeguarding
    Harborough LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth