Walking Groups

Group of people walking through a trail in the woods

As adults we should be aiming to be physically active for at least 150 mins per week. Children should be active for an hour every day.

Health Walking Groups

Our Health walks are regular short walks that last between 20 and 90 minutes. They are aimed at people of all abilities and fitness levels. Each walk is led by at least one trained walk leader.

Health walks are free and you don't need any fancy walking gear. Just wear sensible footwear and clothing suited to the weather conditions. All walks are non-smoking and please check before bringing along dogs.

Nordic Walking Groups

Nordic walking is an enjoyable fitness session for all ages and abilities. It's one of the best cardiovascular and toning exercises there is.

Nordic walking can be done anywhere – no need for hills, country paths, or even snow! Using the poles, you can tone the upper and lower body at the same time. You'll burn nearly twice as many calories as ordinary walking.

So come along to our FREE friendly groups for an enjoyable session to improve your health and fitness. Nordic walking poles are provided, and the walks are suitable for all ages and abilities. All you need is sensible footwear and outdoor clothing. Walks follow various routes and last approximately 1 hour.

Children over the age of 8 years are allowed on the Nordic walks but must be accompanied by a responsible adult and supervised at all times. Please note: Children's poles are not supplied at present.

Register For a Walk

All walkers must register for a FREE Aspire membership before attending their first walk. To register click on the link below. If you have any problems, please refer to the instructions below. [Please note: a valid email address is needed for this process]

Register here

Follow these instructions when registering:

  • select Pugneys Country Park and Walks from the drop-down list
  • tick box to set as preferred site
  • walking Registration box – select Add to Basket
  • hover over shopping basket in the top right-hand corner and select Checkout
  • select 'I'm new….and would like to sign up'
  • complete the registration process
  • log in using your email and password

IMPORTANT - Hover over shopping basket in the top right-hand corner and proceed through the checkout process (please read disclaimer information)

Alternatively, please call Thornes Park Stadium on 01924 302385 to book and register.

Thornes Park Stadium - opening times

Day Opening times
Monday 12pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday 7:15am – 8:30pm
Wednesday 7:15am – 8:30pm
Thursday 7:15am – 8:30pm
Friday 7:15am – 8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 1:30pm
Sunday Closed

Become a Volunteer Walk Leader

Walk Leaders are the most integral part of a Health Walk. From offering a friendly welcome at the start of the walk, to keeping walkers safe and happy during the walk, they make our health walks fun, accessible and for everyone!

All volunteers receive our Walk Leader training to give them the skills and confidence to lead walks in their community.

They also receive ongoing support from the project coordinator and  progression training. This gives them the opportunity to be part of something big and make a difference to people in the Wakefield district.

Our volunteers tell us the main reason they love being a Walk Leader is being able to support people in their communities to get active. Seeing walkers improve their health, wellbeing, confidence, is what keeps them coming back to volunteer week after week.

With Health Walks throughout the district, there are lots of volunteering opportunities to explore.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, get in touch today: janejukes@wakefield.gov.uk

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