Wakefield District Health Walks
Wakefield health walks began in 1999 and are coordinated by the Health Improvement Team within Wakefield Council.
For more information on our walks, please download our walks programme or visit the Wakefield Council website http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/active-wakefield/walking/health-walks
Adults should be physically active for a minimum 150mins per week, and children need to be active for an hour every day. Walking is one of the easiest ways to build activity into your life. For the maximum health benefits try to walk at a brisk pace (as if late for an appointment) so your heart rate increases, you feel warmer but are still able to hold a conversation.
Being active at the recommended levels means that you will feel better and have more energy. It can also:
- Reduce stress and help you sleep better
- Reduce blood pressure and keep your heart healthy
- Reduce the risk of developing certain diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- Help manage your weight
One of the easiest ways to be active at the recommended levels is to walk for at least 30mins 5 times per week.
Health walks are regular short walks that last between 20 minutes to 90 minutes and are aimed at people of all abilities and fitness levels. Each walk is led by at least one trained volunteer walk leader.
Level 1 - Suitable for people who have not walked much before, are looking to be more active, or are returning from injury or illness. They are up to 30 minutes on flat ground or gentle slopes with mainly firm surfaces and no steps or stiles.
Level 2 - Suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. They are between 30 – 60 minutes and may include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles.
Level 3 - For people looking for a more challenging walk and increasing their level of physical activity. They are generally 45 – 90 minutes and may include steeper slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and stiles.
The health walks are free and there is no need to book. You don't need any fancy walking gear, just sensible footwear and clothing suited to the weather conditions. We have over 20 walks around the district. If there isn't a walk near you, why not set up your own? Contact us for more information.
Other walking routes
We know walking in a group isn't for everyone, so we've developed a series of other routes around the district. Some are short walks taking around 30 minutes to complete, suitable for a lunch time walk from work perhaps. Others are longer routes taking an hour or more, perhaps download some and organise a weekend walk with family or friends.
There are now more than 30 regular walks and some one-off evening and weekend walks. The walks start out from various sites throughout the district and last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. So there is something for all abilities!!!
Most of the walks are led by volunteers who provide people with the opportunity to get outdoors, meet new people and improve their health.