Evaluations pre-2012

A Walking for Health group walking away from the camera's viewpoint

Since April 2012, Walking for Health has been managed in partnership between the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. Prior to that, the programme was managed by Natural England who completed a number of evaluations.

July 2012

Three reports on Walking for Health were published by Natural England in July 2012.  They highlighted some key achievements of the programme, as well as areas which we can improve on in future.

The three reports looked at attendance, the impact Walking for Health had on physical activity levels and the costs of the initiative in the period of investment by the Department of Health up to March 2011.

Read the reports:

2011 reports

Who takes part in Walking for Health?

A demographic analysis of walkers who took part in Walking for Health between April 2008 and March 2010.

>>Read the full report (0.4MB, PDF)
>>Read the summary note (0.1MB, PDF)

Physical Activity tracking study

A summary of the findings from a major telephone survey looking at the changes in physical activity levels of Walking for Health participants. This study - and the one below - were carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Natural England.

>>Read the summary note (0.1MB, PDF)

2010 reports

Inactive Walkers study

A report examining the reasons people stopped walking, and whether they had gone on to other physical activity. Part of a larger study undertaken by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Natural England.

>>Read the full report (0.5MB, PDF)

If you'd like to access older studies on Walking for Health, please contact us.