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?  

Walking for Health provided by Macmillan and the Ramblers are England’s largest network of health walk schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. Our group walks are led by friendly, specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.

Our walks are short and over easy terrain, and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active.

Active 10 

Walking briskly for 10 minutes at a time can count as exercise. Active 10 is a campaign from Public Health England. A daily brisk 10 minute walk can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time it can also help lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


Coastal Access in Cumbria: Allonby to Whitehaven

The 35 km stretch of the England Coast Path from Allonby to Whitehaven is 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 28 opportunities listed on the Activity Finder. To view local opportunities please select your local area.

The Walking 4 Health 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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