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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.

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!

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.

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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
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.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way Coch Trip Walk

Derwent Valley Heritage Way Coch Trip Walk

A guided day of walking along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way in Derbyshire. Includes coach travel to and from Derbyshire.

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 .

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.

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,

Partners

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

Partners

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