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.

Walking is a great way to build physical activity into everyday life, whilst enjoying the natural surroundings in a sociable setting - for more information visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk.

York health walks brochure

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

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

Booking is essential.

For further details contact Alice Thatcher at Sustrans by email: alice.thatcher@sustrans.org.uk or see www.facebook.com/yorkhealthwalks.

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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