Walking for Health
Helping people lead a more active lifestyle
Find a Walk
Benefits of walking
Walking for Health overcomes a recognised barrier to becoming more active by providing opportunities for social contact.
To find out about the range of physical, emotional, community and environmental benefits of walking, see our Walking Infographic [557kb].
Here's some example routes that we follow on our health walks (the actual routes may vary on the day):
- Beansheaf Community Centre Walk [1Mb]
- Kintbury Walk [1Mb]
- Hermitage Walk [327kb]
- Hosehill Lake [584kb]
- Mortimer [888kb]
- Northcroft Walk Route A [808kb]
- Northcroft Route B [811kb]
- Northcroft Walk Route C [996kb]
- The Discovery Centre Thatcham Walk [768kb]
About Walking for Health in West Berkshire
We offer regular, led walks for people of all abilities. Our walks are friendly, welcoming and empowering, they are a great opportunity to explore the outdoors, discover new places and meet new people. Specially trained volunteers are on hand to provide encouragement, support and make sure no one gets left behind.
It's easy to start walking. Walks are free and easy, ranging from 30 to 90 minutes, so they can easily be fitted in as part of your everyday routine. Some walks stop for coffee afterwards in a nearby cafe, a good opportunity to socialise and relax after the walk.
Walking has been described as the "nearest activity to the perfect form of exercise" - it benefits both physical and mental health. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, strokes and some cancers. Walking counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity people should be doing each week.
Walking has also been shown to improve self esteem, relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and improve mood.
Interested in volunteering as a Walk Leader?
As a volunteer Walk Leader you would be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, Walk Leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, and Walking for Health - showing people that walking can make a big difference to their lives. To find out how to become a volunteer walk leader contact the Physical Activity Coordinator.
Resources for Walk Leaders
- Accident Report Form [237kb]
- New Walker Registration Form [1Mb]
- Risk Assessment [142kb]
- Walk Register [223kb]
About Walking for Health
Walking for Health is run by The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.
By sharing their walking and health expertise they support six hundred schemes across England to offer short, free, local led walks. The partnership demonstrates both organisations' ambition to help more people, including those affected by cancer, discover the joys and health benefits of walking.
For more information, please visit Walking for Health.