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.

York Health Walks brochure

Health walks are a great way to build physical activity into everyday life, whilst enjoying the natural surroundings in a sociable setting.

Download the free, quarterly Health Walks brochure (published in January, April, July and October). Alternatively, to receive a copy by post, send a second class stamped and self-addressed envelope to Gillian Chefrad, City of York Council.

  • For more information see the Walking for Health website
  • For details of other walking groups in York visit the Yortime website and search for walking

York Health Walks scheme

The York Health Walks scheme covers a series of 10 to 15 free group walks, from locations across the city:

  • short walks are between 10 and 30 minutes 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
  • no need to book - simply turn up on the day and bring a packed lunch
  • 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 introduce yourself to the walk leader and complete a short health questionnaire, note that:

  • all walkers are asked to sign the register
  • you must wear clothes and footwear suited to the weather conditions on the day
  • bring a drink with you
  • dogs should be kept on a lead
  • toilets are available on most routes or at the meeting points

Become a walk leader

If you're an enthusiastic walker and would like to help others enjoy walking in and around York we offer a free, one day, course for anyone who would like to lead or support walks for City of York Council.

We also offer on-going support to all our new walk leaders.

Booking is essential - for further details contact Gillian Chefrad, Sport and Active Leisure officer, email: gillian.chefrad@york.gov.uk.

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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