Exercise can make you more healthy, happier and you can even meet new friends (want to see the evidence?)
On OutdoorsWest, we're bringing together the information you need to explore the Outdoors in this area, such as maps and routes to download yourself.
But, if you don't want to head out on your own, and want to join in with other people, you might think about going along to a group walk. Walks are provided by lots of organisations, for example, local groups of the Ramblers Association.
If you're just getting started, a Walk for Health might be just what you want.
You can sign up in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol or South Gloucestershire, to regular walks led by experienced leaders, for short walks of an hour or less, or, when you are ready, for something a bit longer... They're not route marches, they're designed to ease you into walking and, importantly, about you enjoying yourself.
Walking to Health by Age UK Bath & North East Somerset
Gentle exercise such as walking can improve physical, mental and social wellbeing. Age UK Bath and North East Somerset runs a programme of walks aimed particularly at older people.
Our walks are gentle, friendly and welcoming. We do not rush our walkers, we always have trained volunteers who lead the walk and give support where needed.
More information on the Age UK Bath & North East Somerset's webpage
South Gloucestershire Walking to Health
Walking to health supports people to become more active and feel the physical, mental and social benefits of walking.
We provide 1-4 mile led walks (at slow, medium and fast pace) for people of all ages all over South Gloucestershire. Walks happen most weekdays from local venues, tea and coffee provided afterwards. The quarterly programmes can be found on South Gloucestershire Walking to Health website.
Bristol Walk for Health
Health walks are a great way to start being active and healthy, and everyone can do it, whatever your age. And it’s free.
Enjoy Bristol’s great outdoors and walk with us...
Walk for Health is designed to encourage people of all ages to walk further, more briskly and more often, to gain health benefits.
Find all the information about Walk for Health in Bristol on their website.
If you are outside this area, look at the Walking for Health website, co-ordinated nationally by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.