Healthy walking in England is all set to grow fast. We know led walks help people become fitter and we know they are popular.
The Department of Health agrees and has invested £5.2 million in Walking for Health (WfH).
This is what we are doing with the money:
The people we particularly want to reach are those that have the most to gain from getting outdoors and being active. They include:
If you are already involved in Walking for Health, here is what WfH can now offer your scheme:
It is clear that encouraging people to get out and about in the natural environment is one of the keys to boosting physical and mental health.
We are delighted at the Department of Health's commitment to expanding Natural England's health walks and are calling on an increasingly sedentary nation to put their best foot forward and enjoy the huge benefits that walking and access to open spaces can provide.
The natural environment is one of our greatest assets - and it is encouraging to see official recognition of the enormous benefits that it provides.
Dr Helen Phillips, Chief Executive of Natural England