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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

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.

Virtual Together Lockdown Challenge

Thu, 14 Jan 2021

It has never been more important for you and your family to remain physically active. Physical activity is good for the mind and body and so, throughout this Lockdown we are encouraging you to keep

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Make Inside Feel Better.

National Walking Month

Sat, 01 May 2021

It’s time to get walking for National Walking Month!

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
Rings Boxing Club

Rings Boxing Club

Rings Boxing Club is affiliated with England Boxing Ltd

Brocks Hill Country Park

Brocks Hill Country Park

Since opening in 1999, Brocks Hill Country Park has received increasing interest as a place for informal recreation and now attracts over 150,000 visitors per year. It is also an extremely important greenspace for wildlife in Oadby and Wigston Borough.

Langdale Recreation Ground

Langdale Recreation Ground

Comprehensive park spaces with play and fitness equipment.

Hinckley Ramblers

Hinckley Ramblers

Located in Hinckley and have been offering walks for 47years, 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.

Highcliffe Primary School

Highcliffe Primary School

Primary school based in Birstall, Leicestershire

Sence Valley Guided Walk

Sence Valley Guided Walk

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader

Lutterworth Walking Group

Lutterworth Walking Group

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Senior Health Walks - Melton

Senior Health Walks - Melton

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Long Clawson Health Walks

Long Clawson Health Walks

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Moira Furnace Guided Walk

Moira Furnace Guided Walk

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Partners

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

Partners

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