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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.

Benefits

Along with the physical benefits, walking can be done in an organised group or with friends making it the perfect social activity. Walking with others is a great way to meet new people and keep motivated.

Involvement

For more information about the benefits of walking and how to get started take a look at the helpful NHS walking guide. To find local walking schemes or to start one of your own, visit Walking for Health.

Find Walking Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Walks

Thu, 16 May 2019

Health Walks in Norfolk

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

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.

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.

National Governing Bodies

Ramblers Association

Contact Name
General enquiries
Contact Email
ramblers@ramblers.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 7339 8500
Norwich junior parkrun - Lea Bridges

Norwich junior parkrun - Lea Bridges

Free weekly 2k event for juniors only (4-14 year olds)

Norfolk Trails

Norfolk Trails

Norfolk Trails brings together over 1,200 miles of walks, cycle and bridle routes throughout the county and provides a gateway to exploring Norfolk and linking local communities together.

Mobile Me Out & About

Mobile Me Out & About

Mobile Me Out and About is a specially designed programme for the over 55s, providing information on fun and gentle physical activity opportunities for older adults.

Swaffham parkrun

Swaffham parkrun

Free weekly 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Wind Energy Museum

Wind Energy Museum

We’re a small volunteer run museum in Repps with Bastwick, Norfolk dedicated to preservation of wind power past, present and future.

We organise regular walks in the beautiful countryside around our museum and Thurne Mill.

Thurne Mill and the Wind

North Norfolk Workout Group

North Norfolk Workout Group

We are a volunteer run community group, carrying out practical conservation activities to improve the biodiversity of our local green spaces, as well as our health and wellbeing.

Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton

Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton

Free weekly 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Walking

TDC Walks

We are an informal group which meets for friendly sociable countryside walks on Wednesdays and Fridays around the local area.