Adults should be physically active for a minimum 150mins per week, and children need to be active for an hour every day. Walking is one of the easiest ways to build activity into your life.
For the maximum health benefits try to walk at a brisk pace (as if late for an appointment) so your heart rate increases, you feel warmer but are still able to hold a conversation.
Being active at the recommended levels means
- You will feel better and have more energy
- Reduce stress and sleep better
- Reduce blood pressure and keep your heart healthy
- Less chance of developing certain diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- Helping manage your weight
One of the easiest ways to be active at the recommended levels is to walk for at least 30mins 5 times per week.
Health walks are regular short walks that last between 20 minutes to 90 minutes and are aimed at people of all abilities and fitness levels. Each walk is led by at least one trained walk leader.
These are for people who have undertaken Walking for Health walks and are now looking to take their next steps. These walks are more than 90 minutes in duration and are likely to include slopes, steps, stiles and uneven surfaces.
Health walks are free and there is no need to book. You don't need any fancy walking gear, just sensible footwear and clothing suited to the weather conditions. We have over 20 walks around the district. If there isn't a walk near you, why not set up your own? Contact us for more information.
Current health walks >>
Other walking routes
We know walking in a group isn't for everyone, so we've developed a series of other routes around the district. Some are short walks taking around 30 minutes to complete, suitable for a lunch time walk from work perhaps.
Others are longer routes taking an hour or more, perhaps download some and organise a weekend walk with family or friends.
Alternatively, if you wish to plan your own route you can use
Over half the UK population lives within five miles of a canal or river and some Doctors actively ‘prescribe’ a walk on the local waterway to lower blood pressure and feel better.
A simple step onto the towpath and you’re a whole world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The perfect place to take a deep breath, shrug off the noise and enjoy a rejuvenating walk.
Waking along local canals is a great way to de-stress and is a good way to work off the calories – experts reckon just 30 minutes a day is enough to help you feel fitter.
Water ways walking routes