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Walking is the easiest, most accessible, cost effective, and enjoyable way for most people to increase their physical activity.

An Overview of Walking

There are many footpaths, parks and country parks to explore. Most of us walk a little bit every day, but most of us would benefit from walking more. Whether it's for leisure, to work up a sweat or in competition, you can find a type of walking that suits your ability and fits into your schedule.

  • Urban walking: Ditch the car and walk - it's that simple!
  • Walking groups: Don't want to walk alone? Joining a walking group is not only social, it can also help motivate you to keep going.
  • Rambling and Hiking: If you enjoy the great outdoors, there is no better way of experiencing the countryside than at your own pace through hiking or rambling.
  • Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking can be seen as taking your nature walk to the next level, using poles to work the upper body and push the legs a little harder than they would be otherwise.
  • Race Walking: it's a progression of steps where the feet make contact with the ground constantly. At least one foot must always be on the ground at any time. In running, the feet move at a much faster pace and feet are allowed to both be off the ground at the same time.
  • Hiking is a natural exercise that promotes physical fitness, is economical and convenient, and requires no special equipment. Hiking is basic to many sporting activities and is also a widely recommended and practiced form of physical training.

Find Walking Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Walking for Health Groups

There are a wide range of Walking for Health groups across North Yorkshire. You can find a group near you by looking at the local pages and clicking the links below.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Make Inside Feel Better.

National Walking Month

Sat, 01 May 2021

It’s time to get walking for National Walking Month!

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

Walk to School Week

Mon, 17 May 2021

The countdown is on to Walk to School Week 2021! The five-day walking challenge will be taking place from 17-21 May. Join the thousands of schools taking part and feel the benefits of walking.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

Active 10 App

The Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go!

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

Go Orienteering - Permanent Courses

A Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way for getting active, enjoying the scenery and green spaces with your family, or as a chance to get outdoors for a competitive time trial.


parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.

Walk 4 Life

Walk4Life was orginally part of the Government's Change4Life campaign that was set up to encourage families and adults to eat well, move more and live longer, by making small lifestyle changes that ad

Walking for Health

Find a local health walk scheme today...

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Hambleton Strollers Walking for Health

Hambleton Strollers Walking for Health

We provide one hour walks throughout Hambleton. These aim to provide healthy exercise for those with or recovering from ill-health or needing exercise to stay healthy. All walks are risk assessed and have trained leaders. Good for being fitter and social

Mindful Walking Group for the Over 65s

Mindful Walking Group for the Over 65s

A chance to: Breath Connect Move
Mondays or Wednesdays
Starting May 3rd and May 5th, 2021
1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
Every Monday and Wednesday for 4 weeks.

4 weeks to help you get moving after lockdown

'Space Walks' – getting you moving and meeting people

'Space Walks' – getting you moving and meeting people

Walks' – getting you moving and meeting people.

What are they? Socially distanced (hence the ‘Space’!) walks that aim to build your fitness up and get your social muscles flexing by walking with others out in the countryside.

Who are they intended for? People 40+ years of age, you might feel stale or have become physically less fit during the last year. Worn out from working at home?
Come on a Space Walk where you’ll get fitter and learn some of the science behind just how much good walking in nature does you.