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Health Walks

Health Walks

The Walking the way to Health Initiative (External Website) aims to improve the nation's health and well being by encouraging more people to become physically active through the simplest form of exercise, walking.

A health walk is a short, purposeful walk undertaken on a regular basis. Although walking at any speed can be beneficial and to be good for the heart should be 'brisk' (i.e. more than just a stroll),. As well as improving physical health, organised walks can help improve mental wellbeing by providing an opportunity to socialise and a distraction from everyday stress.

To find a group near you, log on to Walking the way to Health Initiative (External Website) and use the 'walk finder' or contact Jon White, Health Walks Officer on 01905 768289 or email

Maybe you would like to become a health walk leader?

Image of two ladies walking in the countrysideVolunteer Health Walks Leaders are specifically trained to lead health walks and health walks groups in Worcestershire. There are several established health walks groups across Worcestershire in need of additional Health Walks Leaders or perhaps you are interested in setting up a new health walks group in your area.

Free training and support is available. For more information on becoming a Health Walks Leader contact Jon White, Health Walks Officer on 01905 768289 or email of Worcestershire Walking Network Logo

Health Walks are supported by the Worcestershire Walking Network is a partnership funded by Worcestershire County Council Countryside Service and the Public Health Department, NHS Worcestershire. Its Steering Group also invites representation from the six District Councils across Worcestershire and the County Sports Partnership – Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The Network aims to provide a 'championship' forum for all those involved in promoting and supporting walking in Worcestershire for health gain. It acts to raise awareness of the benefits of walking, and local walking for health schemes, to increase participation in active recreation, physical activity and sport. It also provides an opportunity for members to share good practice and offer support to one another.

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External websites

  • Defra
    Department for environmental food and rural affairs.
  • British Waterways
    Creating sustainable waterways for the future.
  • English Heritage
    Looking after the historical environment in England for future generations.
  • Environmental Agency
    The government agency responsible for protecting and improving the environment, water, land and air.
  • Natural England
    The Government advisor on the natural environment.

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This page was last reviewed 23 April 2014 at 16:07.
The page is next due for review 20 October 2015.