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Walking for leisure

Regular walking can improve your stamina and energy, help keep your heart strong, and can help to control your weight. Just 30 minutes of active exercise every day is enough to maintain your fitness levels.

In York there are many ways in which you can get involved in organised leisure walking activities including short, led group York Health Walks, longer countryside walks and Nordic Walking. You can download the latest Health Walks timetable from the bottom right of this page.

City of York council publishes a series of countryside walk routes that you can follow in your own time.

York's tool helps you create and share leisure walks with others online; plot circular walks (ideal for office lunchtime walks or dog walking); and track your walking activity.

Our journey planning page can help you find ways of getting anywhere in York on foot, at the touch of a button.

Health walks

The national 'Walking for Health' programme aims to encourage people to walk more by joining regular short group walks. More

Countryside walks

City of York Council publishes a range of walking guides in the York area, available for £2.95 each. More

Wildlife Walks around York

The City of York Council has produced a guide to a selection of wildlife sites to be found across the city area. More

Walking Groups in York

York has a vibrant and welcoming walking community offering a wide range of walks, support and volunteering opportunities. Bike Belles - organise monthly walks Get Your Boots... More