Welcome to the award-winning Healthwalks scheme! There are 18 regular walks across the city and lengths range from under a mile (average walking time: 20 to 30 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 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. 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.
- Active for Life programme: Download our current programme of regular and special walks and events.
- Being a Volunteer Healthwalk Leader: How you can volunteer with the scheme & information on our free training day.
- What is a healthwalk? Find out what makes a Healthwalk special.
- Why Healthwalks are good for you! The wonderful health benefits of walking.
- Nordic & Longer walks: A list of other local walk groups for those who are ready for a new challenge
- Walking in the city: More information on how to get around Brighton & Hove on foot.
In the last 15 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 8,000 walks
- 1,000 people attend health walks every year
- 40,000 hours of volunteer time given to deliver walks
- Healthwalkers have walked over 250,000 miles in that time - the equivalent of walking to the moon!
- 90% of regular walkers say their health has improved and they have made new friends
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just turn up?
Yes, there's no need to book except on a couple of the one-off walks that include museum tours for example. Just introduce yourself to a Volunteer Healthwalk Leader (in green and white uniform) on arrival. Walks generally leave promptly at the time given in the programme.
What paperwork do I need to do?
On your first walk you will need to fill out a simple registration form. For all subsequent walks you will just need to add your name to the register. Please turn up ten minutes early so that a Walk Leader can give you a form to fill out at the walk.
What should I wear on a Healthwalk?
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable to the weather.
Do I need to bring anything?
Some walk routes are exposed, so also ensure you have a drink and sunscreen with you.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome except on the Cemeteries walk as dogs are not allowed in the city's extra-mural cemeteries.
Seafront Healthwalk Route
You may also want to try our Seafront Healthwalk Route. This is a four mile route signed with mile and half-mile markers and information boards along the four mile stretch from the Marina to Hove Lagoon.