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Health Walks - Walking in Dudley

Why Walking?

Walking is an ideal form of exercise to promote. It is of sufficient intensity to improve fitness and reap the numerous health benefits associated with exercise. It is within the capabilities of the majority of most people. It is low cost and low impact: the strain on the feet and joints is minimised so making the risk of injury very low. Walking is an ideal activity to encourage the large numbers of the population who are sedentary to move to a moderate level of fitness and it can be integrated into people's lifestyles relatively easily.

What is a Health Walk?

A short walk where people are encouraged to walk at their own pace, in their local area with a trained front and back marker. Walks last between 30-45 minutes. Health walks differ from other ways of promoting good health because:

  • They use parks and green spaces

  • All walks are close to your home

  • You don't need any special equipment

  • They offer social contact as well as exercise

Health Walks

Utilise Parks and Countryside to increase community physical activity levels, improve, general mobility and optimise opportunities for social gathering. Public Health has developed a patient referral scheme for patients initially in the catchment area of the park, this process will record the uptake, content and adherence to physical activity.

The Green Spaces providing Health Walks are:

Regular Walking can:

  • Increase confidence, stamina and energy levels

  • Improve self-image and social relationships

  • Promote neighbourliness, social interaction and community identity

  • Tackle social isolation

  • Reduce traffic congestion and the need for car related facilities

  • Discourage anti-social behaviour through more people being out and about

  • Be a reason to conserve wildlife and enhance the character of local places

  • Reduce depression and anxiety

  • Include virtually everyone

Walk Fit

The Walk Fit programme includes weekly short walks, lap walking, longer walks, walks that take in local history and visitor attractions, Nordic walking and running for health and fitness. You can walk at your own pace without worrying about being left behind because the group always stays together. The walks are free of charge and everyone is welcome. It’s a great way to be active, socialise and have fun.

Healthy Footsteps Programme

Age UK Dudley LEAP (Leisure, Exercise and Activity for People) project delivers its healthy footsteps for Dudley’s over 50s. The walks are aimed at people over 50, but people of all ages are welcome to attend.

The programme provides a diverse range of walks including;

  • Regular weekly walks of 30 to 40 minutes

  • Monthly extended walks of up to 1½ hours

  • Extended evening and weekend walks

For more information contact Age Uk Dudley on 01384 343535 or email

AW Surgery Walks

These walks are aimed at patients of Albion House and Withymoor surgeries in Brierley Hill but everyone is welcome to join them. These walks meet at different venues each week and offer participants the chance to experience some of the best views of the area.

Each involves either nature reserves or canal walks and progression walks with provision for new walkers on slightly shorter routes if necessary. Venues include Baggeridge Park, Himley Hall, Barrow Hill and Fens Pool, Saltwells Nature Reserve, Wordsley Woods, Kinver and Bumble Hole.

For more information please contact Balraj Johal on 01384 816460 or email

Setting up a walk in your area

If you would like to set up a health walk in your local community, support is available. We are able to provide walk leaders with training and support and can help to promote your walk in the community. If you would like to set up a health walk contact Balraj Johal on 01384 816460 or email

Dudley Borough Local Access Forum

The Local Access Forum is a statutory body, set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000), which is responsible for advising the Council on the improvement of public access to land in the Dudley Borough for the purpose of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.

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