Your questions answered

To help you get the answer you're looking for as quickly as possible, we've prepared responses to the most frequently asked questions about Walking for Health.

I’m interested in joining a walk, how do I find out where and when the group meets?

All health walks are run by local walking schemes; contacting your local walking scheme is the easiest way to get more information about walks near you. You can find the contact details for your local walking scheme by entering your postcode in our walk finder. This will generate a list of walking schemes, starting from the nearest one to you. Click on the scheme names on the right hand side of the map for details about the scheme, their walks and contact details.

I have a health condition or disability, can you advise whether the walks are suitable for me?

All walking schemes strive to organise health walks that are easy and accessible for all, however not all walks are on flat terrain. We would recommend contacting your local walking scheme prior to joining a walk, to make sure that it’s the right walk for you.

You can find the contact details for your local walking scheme by entering your postcode in our walk finder. This will generate a list of walking schemes, starting from the nearest one to you. Click on the scheme names on the right hand side of the map for details about the scheme, their walks and contact details.

I’m a healthcare professional, how can I refer patients to your walks?

All health walks are accessible to all, and no referral is needed. However, if you would like to encourage your patients to join our walks then we can provide some materials to support you, and put you in contact with your local walk scheme provider. Visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/hscp for more information.

Am I allowed to take my dog on a walk?

We all love dogs here at Walking for Health, however not all health walks are suitable for dogs. This is normally decided by the local walking scheme in charge of your local walks, and some walking schemes will only allow registered assistance dogs on walks.

For example, dogs may not be allowed when walking near livestock, or should be kept on short leads (no more than two metres long) so they can be adequately controlled. Even if livestock are not present, dogs should be kept on a lead if owners cannot rely on their obedience. We would recommend contacting your local walking scheme prior to joining a walk, to make sure that it’s the right walk for you and your dog.

You can find the contact details for your local walking scheme by entering your postcode in our walk finder. This will generate a list of walking schemes, starting from the nearest one to you. Click on the scheme names on the right hand side of the map for details about the scheme, their walks and contact details.

How can I set up a new walking scheme?

The best way to set up a new health walk group or start a new walk is by getting in touch with an existing scheme in your area. Use our walk finder to find your local scheme - let them know your plans, what you have to offer and find out if they can support you. When you get in touch with your local scheme, it's good to bear these questions in mind:

  • What walk(s) would you like to set up and why - who will benefit?
  • What resources do you have to support the walk(s) and what resources will you need? For example walk leaders, partnerships, funds, training, experience and time.

For more information, please visit our page on how to set up health walks.

I would like to become a volunteer walk leader

Our walking schemes are always looking for volunteers to be trained as walk leaders. The one day training course is delivered locally by local trainers within the walking schemes. Use our walk finder to find your local scheme and enquire about volunteering with them. When you get in touch with your local scheme, let them know your plans, what you have to offer and find out if they can support you.