Brighton & Hove Healthwalks
Brighton & Hove Healthwalks has been providing a programme of free weekly walks and special one-off walks and events in the city for over sixteen years. In that time thousands of local people have walked with us and learnt about the many wonderful parks and green spaces that Brighton & Hove has to offer.
Our Healthwalks are short, social walks with the emphasis on improving health and making new friends. 80% of people who walk with us regularly say that it has benefitted their physical or mental health, and a third say it has helped them with an existing health condition and over 90% say they have made new friends.
On this page you can also download our Healthwalks Programme for Winter which is valid until the end of April 2020. There are 19 weekly regular Healthwalks, a calendar of special one-off and themed Healthwalks, and a separate 'Progression Walks' for those who want to try walks that are more challenging.
(We have 18 weekly walks in locations across Brighton & Hove and the surrounding countryside. Please download the programme for full walk details & special walks & events.)
Healthwalks is a great way for people of all ages and abilities, including those who have health conditions, to get more active. The walks start at under a mile in length on the flat, to more challenging countryside walks of 3 miles plus. There are regular walks on every day of the week, and a calendar of special one-off walks on everything from hedgehog spotting, to free tours of our local museums and art walks. The award-winning scheme has been providing walks all over the city for over 14 years and has helped thousands of local people to make new friends and improve their physical and mental health. All the walks are led by trained Volunteer Healthwalk Leaders who know the route and help everyone get the best out of their walk. Brighton & Hove Healthwalks is accredited by the national Walking for Health initiative.
Volunteer Healthwalk Leader Team
If you’ve got some spare time and would like to get outdoors, get active and meet new people then why not become a Volunteer Healthwalk Leader? You’ll be helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and you’ll learn a lot about the fantastic places to walk in Brighton & Hove. Apply online by following the ‘Volunteer Healthwalk Leader Training’ link: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks or call 01273 292574.
Please note, the average person will walk 1 mile in 20 minutes so you can work out average walk times for each walk according to the mileage shown.
Frequently Asked Questions
"Can I just turn up?"
Yes, there's no need to book except on a couple of the one-off walks that include museum tours for example. Just introduce yourself to a Volunteer Healthwalk Leader (in green and white uniform) on arrival.
"What paperwork do I need to do?"
On your first walk aim to arrive ten minutes early and fill out a simple health questionnaire and an anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form. For all subsequent walks you will just need to add your name to the register.
"What should I wear on a Healthwalk & do I need to bring anything?"
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable to the weather. Some walk routes are exposed, so also ensure you have a drink and sunscreen with you.
"Can I bring my dog?"
Yes, well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome except on the Cemeteries walk as dogs are not allowed in the city's extra-mural cemeteries.
We have a range of one-off and special walks every month. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks and download our full programme of walks and events.