Temporary suspension of York Health Walks
York Health Walks remain suspended whilst social distancing and limits on group gatherings are in place due to COVID-19.
We don't have any plans to restart the walks until they are safe for our walkers, and the public they meet on the way.
This page will be updated when York Health Walks reopen.
Walking for Health is a national programme which aims to get people walking more through regular group walks, led by trained volunteer leaders.
Walking is a great way to build physical activity into everyday life, whilst enjoying natural surroundings in a sociable setting.
York health walks brochure
The current York Health Walks brochure will be published here when it is available.
Find details of other walking groups in York via the Walking for Health website.
York Health Walks scheme
The York Health Walks scheme is delivered by Walking for Health - York, a voluntary managed group.
It covers a series of 13 free group walks, from various locations across the city:
- short walks are up to 30 minutes and are ideal for getting back into walking
- longer walks of up to 90 minutes are available for more ambitious walkers
- occasional progressive walks supplement the York Health Walks programme
- no need to book - simply turn up on the day
- walks are suitable for all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome!
If you're attending a Health Walk for the first time, please arrive 15 minutes early to meet the walk leader and complete a short registration.
- there are no walks scheduled on bank holidays
- all walkers are asked to sign the register
- you must wear clothes and footwear suited to the walking and weather conditions on the day
- you should bring a drink with you
- you should keep dogs on a short lead
- toilets are available on most routes or at the meeting points
- if you require practical support for everyday activities, you will need to bring that level of support with you on our walks.
If you're an enthusiastic walker and would like to help others enjoy walking in and around York, there is free training available for anyone who would like to lead or support walks. We also offer on-going support to all our walk leaders.
Benefits of walking
Regular walking will lighten your mood and give you company. It can improve confidence, stamina and energy, and help control your weight. It can also keep your heart strong and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.