Walking for Health

Walking for Health is a national programme which aims to get people walking more through regular group walks, led by trained volunteer leaders. Health walks are a great way to build physical activity into everyday life, whilst enjoying the natural surroundings in a sociable setting.

The York Health Walks scheme includes a series of between 10-15 free group walks from locations across the city.  Short walks are between 10-30 minutes long and are ideal for getting back into walking. Longer walks of up to 90 minutes are available more ambitious walkers. Monthly away day walks supplement the York Health Walks programme. Simply turn up on the day and bring a pack lunch!

Walks are suitable for all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome. Simply turn up on the day - no need to book. If you are attending one of our walks for the first time, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to introduce yourself to the Walk Leader and complete a short health questionnaire.  All walkers are asked to sign the register.

Please wear clothes and footwear suited to the weather conditions on the day and bring a drink with you. Dogs should be kept on a lead. Toilets are available on most routes or at the meeting points. 

York Health Walks brochure

A free York Health Walks brochure is published quarterly in January, April, July and October. 

If you would like a copy posted to you, please send a second class stamped and addressed envelope to Gillian Chefrad at City of York Council.

For more information see the Walking for Health website. If you would like more details of other walking groups in York please see the Yortime website and search for walking.

Become a walk leader

The council offers a free one day course for anyone who would like to lead or support walks for City of York Council. The council offers this training and ongoing support to all our new walk leaders. If you are an enthusiastic walker and would like to help others enjoy walking in and around York this could be the training for you.  Booking is essential.

For further details or bookings please contact Gillian Chefrad a sport and active leisure officer.

Benefits of walking

Regular walking 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, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.

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