2013 is a special year for Brighton & Hove Healthwalks. The scheme has been providing free walks in the city for ten years, and in that time has helped thousands of local people improve their physical and mental health; and make new friends into the bargain too! 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.
There are 15 regular walks across the city, and lengths range from under a mile (average walking time: twenty to thirty minutes) up to three or four miles (average walking time one and a half to two hours walking time). They are all free, led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders and are also accessible by public transport.
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.
- Led walks programme Download our current programme and find your nearest Healthwalk.
- Healthwalks 10th Anniversary Help us celelbrate with details about a range of fantastic special walks and events happening from March to December.
- Earthhour 2013 Find out more about our walk this year as part of the biggest Environmental event in history, and how you can take part!
- Special walks Find out more about our Art Walks, Nordic Healthwalks, Carer's Walks and Afternoon & Evening sunset walks.
- Volunteers How you can volunteer with the scheme.
- Walk Leader training Details of our free, accredited one-day Volunteer Walk Leader training.
- What is a healthwalk? Find out what makes a Healthwalk special.
- Health benefits The wonderful health benefits of walking.
- Walking in the city more information on how to get around Brighton & Hove on foot.
- Signed seafront Healthwalk route Find out more about this fantastic signed and mile-marked four mile walking route that you can use in your own time and with friends and family.
- Testimonials What people already taking part have said about Healthwalking.
- Support for local Walk Groups
- Longer walks A list of other local walk groups for those who are ready for a new challenge.
Walking is increasingly being recognised as an excellent form 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.
Although health walking can benefit everyone, it is particularly beneficial to people who do little or no exercise. For example, imagine a scale of 1 to 6. 1 is someone who takes no exercise at all - 6 is an Olympic athlete. Simply moving from 1 to 2 on the scale, by starting some moderate exercise, can halve that person's risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Healthwalks Sports Development
Brighton & Hove City Council
tel: (01273) 292564