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Walking groups and organisations

Walking groups and organisations

York Walking Festival

A number of groups in and around York organise led walks and tours.

Please note that some may not be currently active due to social distancing restrictions.

Nordic Walking, Taster Sessions

Nordic walking uses special poles to enhance walking style, with an upper body technique similar to that of cross-country skiing.

Details of upcoming Nordic walking sessions

York Health Walks

Walking for Health is a national programme which aims to get people walking more through regular group walks, led by trained volunteer leaders.

Details of York Health Walks.

Move the Masses Walking Buddies

A volunteer walking buddy ‘Move Mate’ meets a person at their front door and accompanies them on a walk; perhaps it’s a walk to the local shop or to pick up a prescription, or it could be a walk to an activity or event they want to attend.

Our Move Mates give people the confidence to get out for a walk, for any purpose, where they would usually struggle to do so on their own.

We initially provide a walking buddy for 3 months, but we're also very happy to provide walking buddies for more short-term goals, such as giving someone the confidence to get to the supermarket for the first time after lockdown.

This project is set up to help adults of any age (18 and over) who are currently inactive or struggling to get out due to reasons such as:

  • mobility worries
  • fear of falling
  • anxiety
  • lack of confidence
  • loneliness

Our only criteria is that people must be able to physically walk independently (with walking aids if necessary) and must live within the City of York boundary.

Visit the Move the Masses website to request a walking buddy or for more information.

Walking groups currently advertising walks

Walking groups not currently advertising walk

Printed Walk Booklets to purchase:

The lockdown has seen more and more people taking advantage of our fine network of footpaths. If you’re looking for a wider range of routes, it’s worth considering the 4 booklets published over the last few years, describing a variety of routes and lengths. 

Holtby Hikes                        Walks of 2-5 miles

Dunnington Strolls              Walks of 2-3 miles

Dunnington Super Strolls   Walks of 4-9 miles

10 on 10                                10 circular walks of 6-8 miles, each one starting from a stop on the No. 10 bus route from Stamford Bridge to Poppleton.

Holtby Hikes and Dunnington Super Strolls have just been reprinted, the former generously sponsored by Cockerills the Potato People. The first 3 titles have are commended contribution price of £1.50, and 10 on 10 of £2.50.  All four titles are available from Dunnington Newsagents and all proceeds go to the local branch of the NSPCC. So far over £2,000 has been raised.