Healthy Walks

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people together through
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Healthy Walks

The project engages community members in physical activity and offers a local, easy access, low-cost opportunity for people to be more active. The walks also offer the opportunity to meet like-minded people and overcome social isolation.

Hear from people who have taken part

“Not only the physical exercise of the walks has improved my health but the social interaction with the other walkers and leaders is excellent.”

“I have had several problems with my back, so sitting down makes it worse. I like to be up and on my feet and moving around all day and it’s great company, meeting new people.”

“I’ve made new friends and taken part in additional activities as a result [of the walks]. I look forward to walks with the group very much as part of my week. We have conversations about all sorts and many laughs. I’d miss it if I couldn’t go.”

“I have lots more confidence, enjoy meeting new people, in general able to deal much better in all aspects of my life.”

“I have been a carer for many years. After three bereavements I found I had nothing to occupy my time. I tried a friendship group, but it was not for me.

After joining the Healthy Walks, I enjoy the exercise and talking to the other walkers. It gives me a chance to meet other people.

When I am not walking I am totally alone, I find it difficult to make friends, so walking helps me to overcome some of my reticence.”

More about Healthy Walks

Portsmouth Healthy Walks have 20 walks led by trained volunteer walk leaders. These walks are a mixture of city and country walks and are a great way to improve fitness as well as make new friends.

Please wear suitable footwear, comfortable clothing and bring along a drink. Many walks are wheelchair and buggy friendly.

These walks are free and all are welcome. At the end of the walks there is an opportunity to have tea/coffee – just bring along some cash for a cuppa.

How do I join in?

To join in you can just turn up at one of the walks.

New walkers should arrive ten minutes before the start of a walk to complete a simple health questionnaire.

The benefits of Healthy Walks

Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

Some of the outcomes that our Healthy Walks participants have experienced are:

  • 96% of walk participants improved their social life.
  • 64% improved their physical activity levels.
  • 88% improved existing health conditions.
  • 58% improved their confidence.
  • 66% felt that their lives had improved since joining Healthy Walks.
Contact Us

Please telephone us and ask for a brochure – you can contact the Independence and Wellbeing Team at:

023 9284 1762

Iwt@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Details of the walks times and locations can be found on the website here.

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