Walking for Health

What is it? The Walking For Health Scheme

The ’Walking for Health Scheme’ aims to improve the health and fitness of more than a million people, especially those who do little exercise, by encouraging them to walk regularly.


Who is it for?

It’s for you, no matter what your age. If you don’t walk much at the moment or wish to improve your fitness the Scheme could be just what you need.

What are the aims of the Walking for Health Scheme?

  • To give you more energy
  • To help you sleep better
  • To increase confidence
  • To keep your heart strong
  • To reduce your blood pressure
  • To help you manage your weight

Anyone can do it!


Wednesday  11:00am Thursday    10.30am        Wednesday   10.30am

Meet in Health & Well-being center

Walk Grading & Duration

Grade 1 – Gentle pace, easy terrain, few or no gradients, 10 to 30 mins

Grade 2 – May include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces, no stiles. Up to 60 mins.

Grade 3 – Paved or good paths, some gentle gradients, generally no stiles, 45 to 90 mins

Next Step Walks

Tuesday 10:30am
Friday 10:30am
Friday 10:30am

TuesdayHiqhest level walk. Off road, hills, steep gradients, stiles, faster pace. Approx. 2 hours.

Friday – Medium level walk . Off road, moderate pace, some stiles, mainly moderate gradients. Up to 2 hours.

Friday – Lower level walk . Off road, gentle pace, few stiles, mainly moderate gradients, 1.5 to 2hrs

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the walk start time.

Walks are free. Just turn up, no need to book.


In addition to the aims of The scheme, there are several other advantages to walking.

  • It’s free and easy
  • No special equipment is needed
  • You can start slowly
  • It improves your confidence and energy levels
  • It has great health benefits

The Walks

  • The walks are in Church Stretton and the surrounding areas.
  • The walks are in small groups.
  • They are led by trained walk leaders, a leader at the front and back. You‘ll never get left behind or feel you’re too slow.
  • The walks vary in difficulty, from gentle walks – perfect if you are recovering from illness, to more demanding walks (see ‘Walks Grading’ overleaf).
  • The walks offer the opportunity to meet people and make new friends.
  • There are different walks for different abilities.
  • The ’Next Steps’ walks follow on from Walking for Health walks for those who are ready for longer and more challenging walk

Anything else I should know?

You will be asked to complete a walkers registration form before your first walk with us so please arrive at least 10 mins before your first walk with us. If you’re unsure of your fitness to take part, due to health reasons, just mention it next time you see your GP or Practice Nurse.

Sorry, no dogs.