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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.

Beat the Street Leicester: 13 Mar-24 Apr

Wed, 13 Mar 2019

A fun, free game that will see Leicester transformed into a giant game! See how far you can walk, cycle and run in just 6 weeks.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

National Forest Walking Festival

Sat, 18 May 2019

Come and get active in the forest!

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

National Walking Month

Wed, 01 May 2019

May is National Walking Month!

On Your Feet Britain: 26 April

Fri, 26 Apr 2019

#SitLess & #MoveMore with On Your Feet Britain!

Race for Life

Wed, 01 May 2019

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only 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?

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

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

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

Partners

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

Partners

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