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.
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Walkingtogether is our programme of weekly and monthly walks around Hackney.
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. 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:
The Walkingtogether scheme breaks during the winter season. Refer to the drop down tabs for each walk for further information.
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/physical activity and demonstration of a walk.
Training is a mix of online and face to face learning. You will be required to shadow a community walk as well as lead a walk as part of the course.
To be eligible you must be over 16 years old. To apply:
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.
Walkingtogether is delivered in partnership with the Ramblers. In partnership with Sport England and the National Lottery a promotional video ‘Joy’ has been released. Joy perfectly encapsulates the benefits of walking and why we should all incorporate as much movement into our day as possible.
How are you?
Take the One You ten minute health quiz to find out your health score.
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.
- search “Go Jauntly”, or visit the Android or iPhone app store to download the Go Jauntly app
- you can create an account within the app or skip that stage completely and just choose the walk you want to try
If you give permission for the app to track your location you’ll be able to see all walks in London or further afield. We’ll be adding more local routes soon so keep checking the app.
Visit Footways to discover more quiet and interesting walking routes across London.