Walking ....

What is a Health Walk?

A health walk is 'a purposeful, brisk walk done on a regular basis'. To achieve physical health benefits, it needs to last about 30 minutes or more, but can be done in shorter bouts, for example, three lots of 10 minute intervals.

What are the benefits of walking?

For most people, walking is one of the easiest ways to be more physically active; it doesn't cost anything and it doesn't require any special clothing or equipment; you can walk in whatever you feel comfortable in. For some people, walking for just 5 or 10 minutes is a challenge, but doing something is better than doing nothing and by walking regularly you may be able to increase the time that you spend walking.
Walking can bring some immediate benefits to someone; for example, you may feel better in your self and feel more energetic afterwards. When walking regularly, you may be able to better manage your weight, you may have reduced stress levels, improved stamina and a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The benefits are too many to list here but even after your first health walk, we're sure you'll notice a difference.

How much does it cost to go on a health walk?

Health walks are free of charge. After a walk, some people go to a nearby refreshment place, so you may want to bring some money if you would like to buy a drink.

How long are the walks?

Health walks are usually one hour or less - please look at the current programme on this website for more details about each walk. You will see that each walk is given between one and four "footprints" to show the level of difficultly of the walk. For your first walk, we recommend that you choose one of the shorter walks and see how you get on. If you feel you are able to do more, chat to a volunteer walk leader about going on a slightly longer walk. In addition, we have "Walk Well Plus"; walks which are longer walks of 2 - 2½ hours for those who already have a good level of cardiovascular fitness.

What time and day do the walks take place?

There is a walk on most days of the week and occasionally on weekends. Please look at the current programme on this website for the times and days of forthcoming walks.

Do I need to book a place or can I just turn up?

No, you just turn up. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of a walk to meet the leader and give your name for the register. You will be asked to fill in an Outdoor Health Questionnaire. You can attend as many or as few walks as you like. Anyone can go on a walk - check the programme to see if the route and the length of the walk are going to be ok for you. We use symbols on the programme to show if the walk is going to be suitable for motorised scooters / wheelchairs / baby-buggies. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

What should I wear?

Wear something that you feel comfortable in and suitable for the weather conditions on that day. If it looks like it might rain, or if it's cold, you might want to wear a coat. On particularly cold days, you might need some gloves. In Spring and Summer, you might want to apply some sun-protection before you go out, or wear a hat and bring a small bottle of water to drink. Some walks can be muddy - check the programme for details of the walk on that day - so wear footwear that's supportive and that you don't mind getting muddy.

Will the walk be on if its bad weather?

The walk will only be cancelled if it's forecast to be thunder / lightning / stormy and if there is snow and/or ice on the ground. Please check our website www.walkwellwithtone.btck.co.uk for announcements or phone (01823) 273085.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a short lead at all times.


Change for Life encourages everyone to eat well, move more, and live longer, (particularly families and children) by making small lifestyle changes that lead to big health benefits. Walk4Life is about helping people to move more by walking - it's free, easy to do for almost anyone, and can be done anywhere at any time! Check out the Walk4Life Guides on this page for some tips and ideas on how to make walking fun for you and your children / grandchildren.




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