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Socialise with a stroll.
Take your own stroll
Most of us have very busy lives, and it's often difficult to find the time to get the exercise we need to help us stay fit and healthy - but going for a walk can be a great start.
If you're at work, why not spend 30 minutes of your lunch time having a quick stroll two or three times a week?
And when it comes to the weekend or an evening, what better way to walk off that Sunday Lunch or an evening meal than to grab some fresh air with your loved ones?
If you need inspiration for routes that go a bit further, check out the Derbyshire walking routes list.
Walking for Health
Walking for Health Leader volunteers
Celebrating the work of the volunteer leaders who organise free health walks in the Derbyshire Dales every weekday, 52 weeks a year.
Walking for Health is England's largest network of health walk schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle and also meet new friends.
They provide low intensity walks which are suitable for people of all abilities. The walks are predominantly on flat ground, lasting for approximately one to one-and-a-half hours and are no longer than three miles.
- Walk Amber Valley in and around Heanor, Belper, Ripley, Denby.
- Walk Bolsover in and around Glapwell, Hardwick, Barlborough.
- Walk Chesterfield in and around Brampton, Brimington, Hasland.
- Walk Derbyshire Dales in and around Matlock, Bakewell, Ashbourne.
- Walk Erewash in and around Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sawley Mill.
- Walk High Peak in and around Chapel, Buxton, Whaley, Glossop.
- Walk North East Derbyshire in and around Eckington, Wingerworth, Dronfield.
- Walk South Derbyshire in and around Rosliston Forestry Centre, Calke Abbey.
Walking for Health offers over 3,000 free, short walks every week nationwide. The Walking for Health website will give you more information and you can search for walks local to you.
Get out and about on foot in May.
National Walking Month
Every May, this national campaign encourages people to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking.
Throughout the month there will be tips, tools, fun facts and inspirational stories – not to mention a whole host of activities to get you out and enjoying your walks even more - on the National Walking Month website.
Events will be held up and down the UK, including flagship week-long festivals, Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week, which are detailed below.
The Midday Mile
As part of Derbyshire's ongoing Workplace Challenge, and as part of Workplace Health Week, businesses from across England were invited to get outside and walk, jog, run or cycle one mile on Wednesday May 20 at 12pm.
There were 39 main Midday Mile events taking place simultaneously, including one organised by Derbyshire Sport, and those taking part were asked to donate to the British Heart Foundation's vital lifesaving research.
Watch out for future midday mile events on the Workplace Challenge website.
Walk to Work Week.
Walk to Work Week
In May 2014, workplaces around the UK logged more than 50,000 miles during Walk to Work Week - and the aim was to smash that target year on year.
It was a fun and free way to get some healthy competition going between colleagues, and get you feeling all the benefits of walking more during the working day, burning calories and cutting CO2 emissions.
You can find out more details about future events and take part in individual and team activities by signing up for free.
Walk to School Week.
Walk to School Week
Every year Walk to School Week brings together nearly one million schoolchildren, teachers and parents from across the country, including those across Derbyshire.
Walk to School Week 2015 was all about the health benefits of walking. During the week, Walk to School mascot Strider encouraged pupils to take his 5-Day Walking Challenge, supported by a classroom-focused pack.
Five Pits Trail.
Visit the countryside
From local trails networks, to visiting the Peak District, there are many great places to walk. Visit Peak District and Derbyshire has ideas for town trails, long distance hikes and gentler walks.
The Peak District National Park Authority offers a spectacular range of scenary and routes including the Pennine Way, the Trans Pennine Trail and many routes suitable for buggies and wheelchairs like the Tissington Trail and Monsal Trail.
You can also check out Derbyshire County Council's list of local walks and trails.
Erewash Valley Trail.
There are many more places where you can find out more information about local walking opportunities and download routes. These include:
- Derbyshire County Council Countryside Services
- Peak Experience
- Ramblers Association
- Walk England
- Nordic Walking Midlands
Don't forget to also consult the Derbyshire walking routes list.