Health walks

Walking is one of the most popular forms of activity and a great way to get people affected by cancer more active.

We're working with health walk programmes across the UK that offer free, short and friendly health walks. With all health walks, you can expect:

  • walks starting from half an hour or less
  • walks to suit people with long-term health conditions, including cancer
  • friendly, knowledgeable, trained walk leaders
  • safe routes
  • a welcoming atmosphere.

Our information covers programmes for each region of the UK.

Read about the many benefits of walking more in our latest blog post on National Walking Month, by information development nurse Elspeth.

'My walk leader Cheryl encouraged me to walk. It greatly improved my mindset and fitness while I recovered from cancer.' Catherine

Catherine

England

Walking for Health

Walking for Health is England's largest network of health walk schemes, helping all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle.

Together the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support run Walking for Health, helping you get and stay active. By sharing their walking and health expertise, Walking for Health support local schemes across England to offer short, free walks. Their aim is to help more people - including those affected by cancer - discover the joys and health benefits of walking.

To learn more or find your nearest walk, visit Walking for Health.


Northern Ireland

Walking for Health

Walking for Health group walks are aimed at people who do little or no physical activity but would like to become more active.

These groups are led by trained volunteers and are available throughout Northern Ireland. If you are interested in finding out about walking groups in your area or would like to become a trained walk leader, then contact the Physical Activity Coordinator in your local health trust to find out about health walks.

Belfast

Belfast City Council and the Castlereagh area of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Northern

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Mid Ulster District Council (excluding Dungannon) and Causeway Coast and Glens District Council (excluding Limavady).

South Eastern

Lisburn area of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Down area of Newry Mourne and Down District Council & Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Southern

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the Dungannon area of Mid Ulster District Council and the Newry and Mourne areas of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Western

Derry City & Strabane District Council, Omagh and Fermanagh District Council and the Limavady area of Causeway Coast and Glens Council area.


Scotland

Paths for All

Paths for All believes walking is for everyone, everyday, everywhere. It has established health walk groups across Scotland to create a supportive and friendly environment for you to start to enjoy the many benefits of being physically active. The group health walks are led by a trained volunteer and are less than an hour long.

Together with Macmillan Cancer support and as part of the Move More programme, Paths for All also delivers walks specifically for those affected by cancer in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh.

To find out more, visit Paths for All.


Wales

Let’s Walk Cymru

Let’s Walk Cymru covers all of Wales and is run by the Ramblers Cymru. The programme is funded through a grant from the Welsh Government and is part of the Welsh Government’s national campaign for a happier and healthier Wales. 

Let’s Walk Cymru aims to help make everyone in Wales become fitter and happier through regular walking in the company of new friends in one of the expert-led groups.

To find out more, visit Let's Walk Cymru.

Back to Keeping active

Tips to get you started

It’s important to take care of yourself when you start to be more active. Your healthcare team can give you advice.

Activities near you

Several organisations and websites can help you find out what activities are available near you.

Tools to help you move more

Taking part in physical activity during and after cancer treatment can play a huge part in enabling you to take back control. We have a range of tools to help you be more active.

Who can help you get active

Talk to your physiotherapist or your doctor before you start doing physical activity. They’ll point you to appropriate exercise programmes.

Apps to help you

There are a number of digital applications that can help you on your journey to becoming more active.