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

Download the free quarterly Health Walks brochure (published in January, April, July and October). Find details of other walking groups in York via the Walking for Health website.

York health walks scheme

The York Health Walks scheme covers a series of 13 free group walks, from various 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 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 introduce yourself to the walk leader and complete a short health registration form.

Please note:

  • 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

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. Booking is essential.

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

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, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.

For further information, please contact our York Health Walks co-ordinator, Jenny on telephone: 07709 526254, email jennynich53@gmail.com or visit the York Health Walks Facebook page.

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