York Health Walks
Our York Health Walks scheme provides 14 free group walks of different lengths from 12 different locations across the city of York. Please choose a walk which is suitable for your ability and fitness level. We recommend that you always check with your GP before increasing your activity levels. We welcome new or returning walkers. Come along and join us for some sociable and invigorating exercise.
OUR WALKS ARE SUSPENDED FOR THE DURATION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. START UP INFORMATION WILL BE PUBLICISED ON THIS WEBSITE AND ON LOCAL LINKS/PUBLICATIONS/MEDIA.
Our York Health Walks brochure containing a timetable of our led walks is available free of charge from libraries, health centres and other community venues. A new edition is published twice a year, January and June. The current brochure can be downloaded from the right of this page.
|Walk name||Route options available||Length (hours)|
|A. Rawcliffe Country Park - Moderate walk|
Mondays 10.30am (exc Bank Holidays)
|B. Rawcliffe Country Park - faster walk|
Mondays 11.00am (exc Bank Holidays)
|C. Yearsley Swimming Pool|
2nd Monday in month, 2.15pm
Tuesdays 10.15am, weekly
|City Walk A Museum Gardens|
|City Walk B Museum Gardens|
|E. Holtby Church Walk|
First Tuesday in month, 10.30am
|F. Dunnington Walk - Cross Keys Pub|
Tuesdays, exc first Tues in month, 10.30am
|H. Fulford - St Oswald's Church|
2nd Wednesday in month, 10.00am
|I. Haxby - Oaken Grove Community Centre|
Last Wednesday in month, 10.30am
|J. New Earswick - The Folk Hall|
2nd and 4th Thursday in month, 10.30am
|K. York Art Gallery Walk|
|L. Acomb Explore Library|
2nd Friday in month,10.30am exc Good Fri.
|M. City Walk Friday|
Every Friday 11.00am. exc Good Friday.
Last Friday in month 10.45am
Which walk is right for me? If you are new to or are getting back into walking, we suggest that you start gently with a short walk of up to 30 minutes duration. Then you can gradually build up your fitness at a pace and location that suits you. Medium length walks are up to 60 minutes in length and longer walks of up to 90 minutes are available too. The heart symbols on the timetable in our walk leaflet are a quick guide to the length of our walks. Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Our shorter walks have wheelchair and pushchair friendly route options.
How do I take part? Simply turn up on the day - no need to book. All walkers are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the walk start time to introduce themselves to their Volunteer Walk Leader and complete the registration process. If you bring your dog on a walk please ensure you keep it on a lead and be considerate of the needs of other walkers. Toilets are available at all meeting points and are also available on most routes. You may want to bring a drink or some money to buy one. Walkers often meet together after walks for refreshments at a local cafe or similar meeting place. Please wear clothes and footwear suited to the weather conditions on the day.
Going further! Visit the yortime website; www.yortime.org.uk and search for "walking groups" to find more details of other walking groups in York.
Would you like to become one of our team of Volunteer Walk Leaders? We provide free training and ongoing support to all our Volunteer Walk Leaders. We are always looking for enthusiastic walkers to support our successful scheme. If you would like to volunteer your time to help other people enjoy walking this could be the opportunity for you. You would be joining a team of about 30 dedicated volunteers who are very friendly and supportive. Please contact us to find out more.
We provide a range of different length walks from locations across the city of York. Some walks are located in the city area, others on the outskirts. Our programme gives you more details of times and meeting venues.