Step out Sheffield
Health Walks in Sheffield

Sheffield’s first Health Walk was established in 1999 as part of a nation-wide pilot study to evaluate the benefits of walking on patients with coronary heart disease. Over the years the scheme has grown and there are now accredited health walks at twenty-four locations across the city to choose from.


Health Walks differ from speed-walking and rambles. Firstly, walkers are encouraged to go at a speed they are comfortable with, whatever their ability. Secondly, there are time and distance limits. No walk is more than 3 miles in distance and we rarely walk for more than an hour. Most walks are 45-55 minutes but to suit some walkers, we offer much shorter ones (10 to 15 minutes). Finally, we don’t do stiles (well only rarely!) or ploughed fields.


Health Walks are not just important for encouraging you to get more exercise, they are a valuable way to socialise. By chatting before, during and after the walk social contact is maintained and, very often, new friendships forged. For some of our walkers their weekly health walk is the one time in the week when they get out to socialise. For this reason, all walks end with the opportunity to sit down with fellow walkers and enjoy a cuppa. Some walks start at a community centre with facilities for the volunteers to ‘mash’, other walks start at a café. The after-walk cup of tea is so important that on the rare occasions when rain is really heavy, the walk is cancelled but the tea happens anyway!


Age is not a bar to joining a health walk, even if you have never walked before. Come and do what you can, a trained leader will be on hand to make sure you don’t over-do it initially and to encourage you to do more as the weeks progress. Our two oldest walkers are over 100 years old!


Many chronic illnesses respond favourably to walking. A stroll round the park is good for your joints, excellent for maintaining poise and balance, and can help reduce blood pressure and manage diabetes. Walking in the fresh air is also helpful in the management of depression and other mental health conditions. Health walks are a good way to help you rehabilitate after surgery and they are brilliant for cancer patients both during and after treatment.


Step out Sheffield walks are accredited by Walking for Health, the national Health Walk scheme which is administered by The Ramblers. We have weekly walks at 27 sites across the city and most sites offer a range of walks to suit all levels of ability. All our walks are delivered by trained and accredited volunteer leaders. The Step out Sheffield programme has won several awards for good practice.


We’d love to see you on a walk soon. There’s no need to book. Simply turn up about 10 minutes before the start of the walk and introduce yourself to one of the volunteer leaders.


If you would like more information about the suitability of these walks for you, please drop us an email or call our Help-line:  075 0563 9524.


Please note: Health Walks don’t stop during school holidays!!


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