Find a walking group
There are lots of different walking groups around the UK, so you're sure to find one to suit you. Here's our guide to some of the bigger walking organisations to help you get started.
Walking for Health
What: Free short walks to encourage people to get active at their own pace. Walks range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes.
Cost: No charge
Contact: 020 7339 8541; walkingforhealth.org.uk
What: Ramblers works to safeguard the places where people go walking and encourages more people to do so. It offers a range of walks, from ‘easy access’ walks suitable for people with mobility issues and those pushing wheelchairs and pushchairs, to ‘technical’, which may require scrambling and ropes. There are age-specific groups and non-age-specific groups (mostly retired people).
Where: England, Scotland and Wales.
Cost: £3.25 a month or £34.50 a year for individuals. Joint membership, concessions and discounts are also available, and the first three walks are free.
Contact: 020 7339 8500; ramblers.org.uk
The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA)
What: Long-distance group walks and ‘challenge events’ (usually at least 20 miles) in rural, mountainous and moorland areas.
Where: England, Wales and Southern Scotland
Cost: £13 a year for individuals or £19.50 a year for families. You don’t have to be an LDWA member to take part in a ‘challenge event’, although it usually offers an entry discount. You can try a few ‘social walks’ for free before joining.
What: A range of clubs offering short (up to five miles), medium (five to 20 miles) and long walks (longer than 20 miles), plus an accessible walk scheme for people with mobility issues.
Where: Northern Ireland
Cost: Ask individual clubs
Contact: 028 9030 3930; walkni.com