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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.

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 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.

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.

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

Hinckley Ramblers

Located in Hinckley and have been offering walks for 45years the area's leading walking/hiking group
We offer Walks 3 times a week and
are members of HBC Ramblers Walking for Health on Burbage Common.

Abbey Park

Includes an Outdoor Gym

Barrow Health Walk

Barrow Health Walk

A friendly and sociable weekly walk of around an hour which welcomes walkers of all abilities. Just turn up, say hello and join in.

Walk Training

Walk Training

Walks throughout the year. These vary between 5-12miles in length, with something for everyone. Our walks in Leicestershire and Rutland, with Bradgate Park, Bosworth Battle Field, the National Forest and Rutland Water, are all nearby .

Gorse Covert Health Walk

Gorse Covert Health Walk

A friendly and sociable weekly walk led by volunteers from the Dishley Grange Surgery patient's group of around an hour which welcomes walkers of all abilities. Just turn up, say hello and join in.

Shepshed Running Club

Shepshed Running Club

Beginners welcome to join the group.

Shepshed Health Walk

Shepshed Health Walk

A friendly and sociable weekly walk of around an hour led by volunteers from the Forest House Surgery patient's group which welcomes walkers of all abilities. Just turn up, say hello and join in.

Melton Running Club - MRC

Melton Running Club - MRC

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

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

For all ages from 4 to 114!

Pushchairs, wheelchairs, dogs on short leads all welcome.

Find out more information here:
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/marketharborough/

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

Market Harborough parkrun

A free, weekly, timed walk, jog or run in the park.

Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

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,

Guided Walk

Guided Walk

Fortnightly guided social 5k walk at Shipley Park. Proceeds to Ilkeston Winter Shelter.

Partners

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

Partners

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