Setting up health walks

Want to help people get more active by setting up a local walking group?

Here's some information that you need to know before considering setting up a health walk. 


Our health walks come in all shapes and sizes, but they should be:

  • Regular – consistent walks undertaken on a frequent basis
  • Short – not longer than 90 minutes
  • Easy – accessible to all, particularly people who are currently inactive
  • Free  – no membership or fees, not-for-profit only
  • Led by trained volunteers – all volunteers must complete our walk leader training

The best way to set up a new health walk group or start a new walk is by getting in touch with an existing Walking for Health scheme in your area.

Use our WalkFinder to find your local Walking for Health 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 Walking for Health 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)?
  • Do my walks meet the Walking for Health accreditation criteria? 

Find and contact your local scheme


See also: About walk leader training