Getting going

We look after and represent the interests of all walkers in Britain, from someone taking their first steps to people who walk regularly and great distances.

If you're not currently walking, but are considering improving your health and wellbeing through physical activity, we can help.

Walking independently: Walking routes and resources

Solo walker in town

If you’d prefer to walk on your own, or perhaps in a small group of family or friends, we’ve got lots of inspiring walking routes you can try as well as useful resources to get you going and help you carry on walking.

Getting the most from your walk


One of the many great things about walking is that we don’t have to be taught how to do it. But it’s possible to get even more from your walk by improving your posture and walking technique, which will make you feel more comfortable, and adopting a brisker pace, good for your heart and lungs.

Top tips to stay motivated

Park walk in Cardiff

If you’ve started walking then you’ve already taken your first steps to a healthier, happier lifestyle. But it can be challenging to keep going sometimes, so we’ve put together some top tips to help you stay on track and make walking part of your everyday life.

Preventing illness

Group walk Brightlingsea, Essex

Walking can help you on the road to recovery after periods of illness and can alleviate some of the symptoms of health conditions. But it isn't just about getting better. Walking can help prevent illnesses from developing in the first place.

Calculating walking pace

Group walk

How long you take to walk a specific distance, or how far you walk in a given time, will depend on a number of factors from your fitness level and the length of your stride to the number of stops you take to rest or enjoy your surroundings and any weight you’re carrying on you in a rucksack or backpack.

Families with young children

Family walk

Practical tips to help keep walking fun and safe for little ones.

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