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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.

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.

Sugar Awareness Week

Mon, 20 Jan 2020

Sugar Awareness Week helps to raise awareness of the damaging effect of having too much sugar in our diet.

The Big Pedal

Wed, 22 Apr 2020

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. It inspires hundreds of thousands of pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to

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

Jubilee Wood

A 19ha mixed woodland which was presented to Leicestershire County Council in 1977 to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

Older People's Activity Group

The Older People's Group has been running for five years and has made a
massive difference to all who have been involved. Members attending have
a choice of activities which they select when they arrive, It's usually a choice
from gym activities, table

King George's Field, Woodhouse Eaves

The field is managed by Woodhouse Parish Council as sole trustee. The field has tennis courts, a MUGA, 3 village halls, a children's play area, cricket and football pitches, car park, and a sports pavilion.

Bagworth Heath Woods

A 75ha reclaimed colliery site owned by Leicestershire County Council between Bagworth and Thornton. Part of the work has been funded through the Tender Scheme.

Woodhouse Eaves Walking for Health Walk

Woodhouse Eaves Walking for Health Walk

Health walk around the local area of around an hour in duration. Led by friendly volunteer walk leaders.

Loughborough Town Walking Group

Loughborough Town Walking Group

Free, sociable short walks around the local area.

Shepshed Running Club

Shepshed Running Club

Beginners welcome to join the group.

Melton Running Club - MRC

Melton Running Club - MRC

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

Melton Running Club - MRC Couch to 5k

Melton Running Club - MRC Couch to 5k

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

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s (men and women) for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels. If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but, this club probably isn’t for you. Please arrive 15-30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, & regs, pay subs, allocate teams, WARM-UP to reduce injuries! and ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Tuesdays / Fridays just £2 (On Mondays £4/£3). Contact Phil first before attending,

Partners

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

Partners

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