Walking for Health (WfH) is the largest national body promoting led health walks. A Natural England Initiative.

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

Want to walk but don't know where?  

The Walk4Life website has thousands of walks, and you can add your own routes and share them with others!  What is innovative about the site is the use of OS maps as well as an easy-to-use mapping tool (there is even a video to help you get started). 

You can add walks of any length or type - including your regular walks to work, the shops or school, health walks, a weekend stroll, or longer routes over the fells.  Cumbria's Countryside Access team are supporting the project and have submitted the "miles without stiles" routes, designed to have as few barriers as possible. 

Each time you complete a walk the site records your miles, building up a record of your walking activity. You will soon be able to set yourself a challenge, like walking 50 miles before your next birthday!  
Some of the walking routes are special "fitness test" routes - these are 1 mile long, uninterrupted, fairly flat and barrier-free routes.  If you time yourself walking the mile and take your pulse at the end, your fitness log will track your improving fitness levels! 

Coastal Access in Cumbria: Allonby to Whitehaven

The 35 km stretch of the England Coast Path from Allonby to Whitehaven is now open to the public.  A series of maps are available to download >>More

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a fast growing activity that can be done by anybody, anywhere. It uses specially designed walking poles to engage the upper body, take the pressure off lower body joints and effectively turn a walk into a workout. It's ideal for those who are not keen or able to do typical exercise but also great for people who simply want to be active outdoors and get maximum results in a short space of time. It uses 90% of the skeletal muscles.

NWUK are the leading authority on the technique and provide training and support for their Instructors. They have also developed ready made programmes to help the Instructors deliver to different markets e.g. weight loss, well being and ultimate Nordic circuits are some examples of these. The training provided is suitable for people from any background but is comprehensive enough to be recognised as a full fitness instruction qualification. For those already fitness qualified, only a practical course is required.

If you fancy setting up a local group, workplace activity  or becoming an Instructor yourself - find out more here or by calling Kaye on 0845 260 9339

If you would like to try Nordic walking you can find your local NWUK Instructor here

Walking in your area

There are 31 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.

The new Walk4Life website has thousands of Walks.


Feet First in Furness – Walking for Health

Terry McSorley, Age UK Barrow & District, 01229 831425

Julie Sharkey, 01768 800350 - Cumbria CVS Office

Furness Ramblers - 01229 830155

Lake District National Park provide a wide range of guided walks ranging from easy (2-3 miles) to hard (9 miles) the majority are free

High Hesket Walking for Health

Jean Judd, Walk Leader, 07795000966/01768 885855

Culgaith Walk and Talk – Walking for Health

Paul Saager, Scheme Co-ordinator, 01768 88702

Dawdles Project – social walk around Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen - Thursday 10:30 Market Square

Ann Sandell,  017683 71976

Caldbeck & District Walking for Health

Helen Sturges, Scheme Coordinator, 016974 78556

Barbara Stoddart, 01697342452

Cockermouth Walking 4 Health Group

Gwyn Lloyd, Co-ordinator/Walk Leader, 01900 829579

Egremont Amblers

Claire Dobson, Active for Life coordinator, 01946 828100

Cartmel Surgery Walking for Health

Ewen Cameron, Walk Leader, 07929833528

Ramblers Grange over Sands, 015395 36455

Kendal Ramblers                                                                        

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