Setting up health walks

Want to help people get more active by setting up a local walking group? You've come to the right place!

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


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
  • Led by trained volunteers – volunteers must complete our free 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 scheme in your area. Use our WalkFinder to find your local scheme - let them know your plans, what you have to offer and find out if they can support your new walk. If you can't find your local scheme, don't get a response, or linking in with them is not appropriate for any reason, then contact us here.

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.

>> Find and contact your local scheme



Is there no existing scheme in your area, or is there another reason that you can't link in with your local scheme?

Then you might consider setting up a brand new scheme! We can help you get things up and running

What is a health walk scheme?

Our schemes are usually made up of a number of regular, short, free walks for local communities. Schemes are run by all types of organisations, from groups of volunteers, to local authorities, independent charities and more.
The walks are led by volunteers, while the scheme as a whole is managed by a coordinator. All schemes need a scheme coordinator who is responsible for managing the scheme effectively - this includes ensuring appropriate walks are available, the training development and management of volunteers, and much more. Click here for more info about the role of the scheme coordinator.

Walking for Health walks are aimed at people who need or want to improve their health and wellbeing by becoming more active. And all walks are planned and risk assessed according to our guidelines.

Setting up your own scheme can be a big commitment, but we can offer you support and guidance to make it work, so that you can help more people get active.

>> Contact us if you want more info about setting up a brand new scheme


See also: About walk leader training