What is a Health Walk?

Health Walks are short, safe, social, fun and accessible low level walks led by trained volunteers.

Health Walk in Glasgow

Health Walks are a supportive and welcoming way for you to start to enjoy the many benefits of being physically active

We support a network of community Health Walk projects all over Scotland that organise free group walks every week, and are always looking for new walkers.

A Health Walk:

  • is led by a trained volunteer on a risk assessed route
  • is less than an hour long
  • has a short warm up at the start, followed by a brisk walk and then a short cool down at the end
  • welcomes new walkers who would benefit from being more active
  • is a friendly group walk offered regularly
  • is an opportunity to meet new people in your area and explore places you might not have been before

Health Walks are aimed at inactive people who would benefit most from doing more physical activity. This can include people who haven’t been active for a while and would like to start again, people recovering from ill health or who are managing a long-term condition and anyone who’s been told by a health professional that they would benefit from being more active. 

Health walkers can enjoy a whole range of benefits including increased fitness, improved mood and increased social interactions with local people and the local area. Walking requires no special equipment or expense and is the ideal way for most people to become more active.

Read our success stories to find out what our walkers have enjoyed most about being part of their local Health Walk.

Interested? Check out our Health Walk finder and discover a Health Walk near you. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome and a walk at a pace and length that suits you whatever your ability.