About group walks

Group walking

Whether you’re walking to improve your health or simply for the pleasure of exploring your local area on foot, our walks make enjoying the great outdoors easy.

Our walks take place across Britain, run all year round and accommodate a range of ages and walking abilities. We have over 500 volunteer groups across England, Scotland and Wales, most of which run several walks every week.

Our experienced walk leaders will welcome you on every walk and provides a safe, sociable and fun environment for you meet like-minded people.

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The right walk for you

Over 300,000 people walk with us every year – some choosing short urban strolls lasting no more than an hour, other taking on all-day challenging hikes in some of our most remote and beautiful countryside. All our walks are graded from easy to technical and everything in between so you know exactly what you’re in for.

Most of our walks are at the weekends, but many of our volunteers also run walks during the week and in the evenings, particularly in the warmer months.

You’re welcome to try out any of our walks for free. Once you’ve experienced the views, fun and exhilaration it’s just a case of becoming a member and you can come along to as many walks, anywhere in Britain, as you want.

Family fun

Some of our walks are especially fun for families with young children. There’s lots of great places you can take a pushchair without any problems. Search for a child-friendly walk or contact your local group for details.

Young people aged 15-17 can also join in walks unaccompanied - you'll just need to apply for our consent card.

What to bring

Often you’ll not need much more than common sense: wear the right footwear, depending on how long or difficult the walk is; bring something to eat and drink; and don’t forget to check the weather! Other than that, local walk leaders will give you all the advice you need.

Bring your dog

We know that many people enjoy walking with their four-legged friends, so we encourage all our walking groups to allow dogs on walks. Hearing or guide dogs are allowed on every suitable walk. 

Of course there are some walks that aren’t ideal for dogs – if the route passes young farm animals your dog might be asked to stay home and watch TV until the next walk.

Looking for health walks?

As the national centre for Walking for Health, we also support local health walks schemes across England. Find a health walk near you.

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