We all know that getting out walking is a great way to improve our health. But that’s not the only reason we do it: a good walk is so much more than just stretching your legs. It’s a chance to unwind, meet new people and discover nature on your doorstep. With Ramblers Wellbeing Walks, taking that first step towards better health, wellbeing and happiness is easy.
Starting at just ten minutes long, and ranging from a slow to steady pace to suit everyone, Ramblers Wellbeing Walks are a great way to get out into the fresh air. As they’re all led by experienced volunteers and follow tried-and-tested routes, there’s no need to plan or worry about getting lost. You don’t even need to register: just find a walk online, grab your shoes and come along to a walk near you.
Want a taste of what’s on offer? Have a look at some of handpicked walks we’ve selected below.
Old Portsmouth Wellbeing Walk
Old Portsmouth Wellbeing Walk
Every Wednesday at 1:30pm the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Portsmouth group meet at the Garrison Church for their weekly, historical Old Portsmouth Walk. Lasting 1 hour, the route heads along the promenade towards Clarence Pier before snaking back through the cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth, stopping at the Square Tower to take in the sights of the Solent. After this pitstop, the walk continues on to the finishing point at the Spinnaker Café, where you can take in the views of Spinnaker Tower over your cup of tea.
Find out more about Old Portsmouth Wellbeing Walk.
2. Graves Park Wellbeing Walk
Graves Park Wellbeing Walk
Why not start your week with a walk in the biggest public park in Sheffield? Graves Park has it all. Open spaces, woodland, lakes, an arboretum, and a lovely café with a sheltered rose garden outside. Step Out Sheffield meet at 09:30 every Monday outside the Rose Garden Café before setting off at 10am.
Lasting approximately an hour, the route takes in a circle of the arboretum, cuts through the livestock fields housing alpacas and sheep and bisects the park’s two lakes before ending back at the café. The group also offers an alternative walk, starting at the same time, at a slower pace which stays closer to the café and avoids the steepest of the hills.
Find out more about the Graves Park Wellbeing Walk.
3. Ranworth Wellbeing Walk
Exploring the heart of The Broads National Park, this circular route takes in stunning views and the chance to visit medieval St Helen’s Church, the “Cathedral of the Broads”. From the top of its church tower, both Norwich Cathedral and Happisburgh Lighthouse are visible on a clear day. And that’s not all – the route also proceeds along a boardwalk out to Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Broadland Conservation Centre, where walkers can enjoy a panoramic vista over Ranworth Broad, while finding out more about the wildlife and history of this wetland area.
Fancy some refreshment after? You’ll find a café and pub next to Malthouse Broad as well as a volunteer-run café at the church.
Get in touch with the Central Norfolk Wellbeing Walks group.
4. Okehampton Wellbeing Walk
Okehampton Wellbeing Walk
Want to take in some beautiful Dartmoor scenery? Every Wednesday at 10am, Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Devon meet at the Band Stand in Simmons Park. After wandering through the college grounds, the walk heads off along the Tarka Trail over Ball Hill and crosses the Okement River. Passing under a magnificent stone bridge will take you to a disused tramline, which was once used to carry granite from the quarry. Following a gradual climb through the woods, you’ll finish at Okehampton Railway station where welcome refreshment will be available.
Find out more about Okehampton's Wellbeing Walk.
Inspired to get out walking? Finding a local Ramblers Wellbeing Walk is easy. And with 50,000 walks taking place all over the country, you’ll be sure to find one close to you.
All you need to do is go to the Ramblers website, put in your postcode and you’ll be able to see every walk taking place near you. There’s no need to register – just come along to the start point a little before the walk is due to get going. Use a wheelchair or want to check the route is right for you? Just get in touch with the walk organiser, they’ll be happy to help.
Although you don't need to become a member to go on a free Ramblers Wellbeing Walk, Ramblers Members benefit from 25% off any new OS Maps Premium annual subscription. The Ramblers Charity also receive £5 for every subscription purchased. An OS digital maps subscription gives unlimited access to all 607 OS leisure maps and over 1.5 million routes across the UK making it easy to find, plan and follow other great walks.