Healthwalks

people talking part in a healthwalk on Castle HillThere are 18 regular walks across the city, and lengths range from under a mile (average walking time: twenty to thirty minutes) up to three miles (average walking time one and a half to two hours). They are all free, led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders and are also accessible by public transport.

Research suggests that walking is possibly the single most effective and accessible forms of physical activity, and health professionals now recommend that everyone should aim to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise (such as walking) at least five times a week. Because walking is such an accessible form of exercise it is particularly beneficial to those who are getting little or no exercise, recovering from illness, or lacking in confidence. Many of the walks are also wheelchair and buggy-friendly.

Tenth anniversary logo for healthwalks, 2003 to 2013In the last ten years we have helped thousands of local people improve their physical and mental health and find out more about the wonderful places to walk in Brighton & Hove. Healthwalks are a great way to be more active, get out in the fresh air and make new friends.  They are friendly, supportive and ideal for those who want to start exercising in a gentle and safe way, as well as those who want to walk regularly but don't have the time to attend longer walks.

We've achieved some extraordinary things:

  • provided over 6,000 walks
  • 1,000 people attend health walks every year.
  • 40,000 hours of volunteer time given to deliver walks.
  • Healthwalkers have walked 250,000 miles in that time.  That's the equivalent of walking to the moon and back!
  • 90% of regular walkers say their health has improved and they have made new friends.