Walks and walking groups

Walking can be faster than other methods of travel, with no sitting in traffic or waiting for a bus, and it’s free.

You don’t have to walk the same route that you would normally drive – you’ll probably find quieter side streets and paths more pleasant or you could walk through a local green space or park.

Just 10 minutes brisk walking a day can help keep you healthy.

Travel planning

For short journeys, walking is quick and reliable. If you want to know how long it will take to walk somewhere, use the walking journey planner or Walkit.


Walkingtogether is our programme of weekly and monthly walks around Hackney.

Due to the coronavirus we need to change the way Walkingtogether group walks are organised – by limiting the group size, and taking measures to keep each other safe.

This guide outlines the steps that everyone must take when joining our Walkingtogether programme:

We’ll make every effort to accommodate attendees on a first come, first served basis. Once maximum class numbers are reached no more entries will be permitted. We’ll give you priority if you’re a Hackney resident or are registered to a Hackney based GP surgery. Please note that the Fit 4 Health slow pace walk and the walks of interest require advance booking. 

Before your Walkingtogether walk

Before taking part in any of our walks, new participants or those whose details have changed should complete a registration form:

Registration form

Train as a Walkingtogether walk leader

Walk leader training is aimed primarily at volunteers who want to lead community walks, and is run where there is an existing Wellbeing Walks Scheme in partnership with the Ramblers.

To help us to encourage, engage and increase physical activity levels amongst our residents, we are seeking volunteers and partners who are friendly, approachable, enthusiastic and reliable.

Training is free of charge; however we do ask that you give a minimum of 2 voluntary hours on completion of the course. This can be as a walk leader or assistant leader of your own community walk or as part of the Council’s existing Walkingtogether scheme. We ask that these hours are delivered in Hackney or in connection with a Hackney scheme.

The walk leader training covers: walk planning and safety, managing and leading a walk, benefits of walking and physical activity and demonstration of a walk.

The Ramblers are currently refreshing their Wellbeing Walks programme, including this training. Once the new training is available we will announce details on this page.

To be eligible you must be over 16 years old. To apply:

Exercise made easy – how walking can improve your health

A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in many ways – it can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood, and can help people with lower back pain or at risk of high blood pressure. It can also improve your long-term health as it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more. Find out more about how brisk walking can keep you healthy and get support to get started.

You can read about three Hackney residents to find out more about the benefits of walking and the ways that walking can help with your health and wellbeing. They all participate in the Walkingtogether programme.

How are you?

Take the One You ten minute health quiz to find out your health score.

Step it up Hackney – active walks, jogging and running programme

Step it up is a dynamic series of walking sessions spread across 3 distinct areas of Hackney.

We are encouraging people who may not be very active to get out of their homes and enjoy the benefits of their nearest green space by walking at pace and challenging themselves to get from their couch to cover a distance of 5K.

The walks will be led by friendly local coaches and instructors who will get your heart pumping, lungs working and putting that spring in your step.

This is an 12-week programme that will get you up from your sofa to completing a 5K distance. We will even signpost you to activities you can do yourself to help meet that 5K goal.

For further details please contact – Onur Coskuner on: info@activewithin.com, tel: 07535170989 or alternatively Natasha Simpson, on: info@baducic.org, tel: 07852 726907.

Walking routes

One You Active 10 walking tracker app

The Active 10 app tracks your walking and shows you when to increase your pace to benefit your health. The app is designed to quickly and simply help you do more brisk walking in bursts of 10 minutes, known as Active 10s. It tracks all your walking and rewards your progress.

Android devices Apple devices

Page updated on: 16 August 2021

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