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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

Make Inside Feel Better.

National Walking Month

Sat, 01 May 2021

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

The Big Pedal

Mon, 19 Apr 2021

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

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.

Go Orienteering - Permanent Courses

A Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way for getting active, enjoying the scenery and green spaces with your family, or as a chance to get outdoors for a competitive time trial.

parkrun

parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.

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

Walking for Health

Find a local health walk scheme today...

National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

Contact Name
General enquiries
Contact Email
ramblers@ramblers.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 7339 8500
Abbey Park, Leicester

Abbey Park, Leicester

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the city centre.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Victoria Park was the city's race course until 1883, the park now has thoughtfully laid out pathways shaded by avenues of trees dividing its 69 acres of open parkland.

Includes an Outdoor Gym.

Western Park

Western Park

The site was purchased for development as a park in 1897 and to this day Western Park is the largest park in Leicester, offering 72 hectares to explore.

Spinney Hill Park

Spinney Hill Park

Created in 1885, Spinney Hill Park is a popular park with 34 acres of sloping parkland with walks under shady tree avenues, playgrounds and ball courts..

Includes and Outdoor Gym.

Braunstone Park

Braunstone Park

The 168 acres of Braunstone Park are a reminder of Braunstone’s pastoral heritage with large areas of well-established open parkland, woodlands spinneys and meadows.

Includes Outdoor Gym Equipment.

Group  Walks

Group Walks

Group Walks varying lenghts 5/ 8/ 10miles 3 times a week.

Member of Lets Walk Hinckley

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.

Welland Park Walking Group

Welland Park 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

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

Partners

  • Active Partnerships
    Melton LSA
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Charnwood LSA