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What is a health walk?

It's a gentle walk done on a regular basis for well-being.  It can help you to feel good, to have more energy, to sleep better and to manage your weight.  There are so many benefits from health walking- we're sure you'll see a difference in yourself even after your first walk!




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Set yourself a goal

You can walk 1,000 steps in around 10 minutes. Pedometers are a fun way to keep track of your walking. Use a pedometer to work out your average daily steps and then start adding extra steps.


 Being active will:

  • help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight

  • strengthen your bones

  • reduce stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • improve your sleep


Would you like to find out more about walking or where you can take part in Somerset? 

Clink on the links below to see what's going on in your area.





Health Walks in Somerset

Contact details for walks can be found by following the links below.




Mendip Health Walks  

Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells walks programme October 2018 to January 2019


Frome walks programme October 2018 to January 2019 

Please note that the Mells walk postcode is BA11 3PT and not as in brochure.                                                   


A Choice of Sunday Health Walks to celebrate the launch of Walkers are Welcome in Frome

18th November meet at 10.30am at the Cheese and Grain BA11 1BE where refreshments and toilets are available.  


Green Corners of Frome

A gentle walk of just over two miles led by Dorothy-Anne and Tricia. Pavements and hard surfaced buggy-friendly paths introduce the Riverside and the Showground.  


Plaques of Frome

A walk round the plaques put up to show where celebrated residents lived. An easy and interesting five mile walk with some hills led by Peter.



Sedgemoor health walks programme October 2018                    


Sedgemoor health walks web page









West Somerset Health Walks


West Somerset health walks programme October 2018 to March 2019




Taunton and Wellington Health Walks


Taunton and Wellington walk well programme Winter 2018/19


Taunton and Wellington walk well programme Autumn 2018








South Somerset Health Walks

South Somerset health walk programme

South Somerset health walk poster 





Want to get involved? Volunteer as Walk Leader 


Walking for Health wouldn't exist without our fantastic volunteer walk leaders, who lead health walks taking place around the country.

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.



Role responsibilities

As a walk leader, your responsibilities will include:

·         Walking health walk routes beforehand (advance preparation) to make sure you know them.

·         Making sure paperwork like registration forms and registers are completed (and in some cases added to the database).

·         Leading and managing walks, usually jointly with other walk leaders.

·         Trouble shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator.

·         Attending occasional walk leaders’ meetings and refresher training.

·         You could also be asked to help your scheme coordinator develop and risk assess new walking routes.

 The benefits

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us fantastic stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking.  But in case that doesn't convince you, here are some of the other great benefits:

·         Full training with a nationally recognised and well respected scheme.

·         Ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator and Walking for Health.

·         Access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role.

·         Opportunity to meet new people including like-minded volunteers.

·         Opportunity to discover more of your local area and spend time in the outdoors.

·         Opportunity to be more physically active yourself.


What is the time commitment required? 


Most walks are short (around an hour or less) so including travelling, preparation and paperwork leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2.5-3 hours, plus recces and occasional meetings and refresher training. Typical schemes expect their leaders to attend at least one walk a month, depending on the programme and the numbers of leaders they have.


Have a look at the Walking for Health website for more information. 





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