Update - Walking Well

We are developing a new, local health walks scheme called Walking Well.  We do not yet have a date to return to led walks but will let you know as soon as it is safe to do so.  Our dedicated walking line is: 01454 863440 or email us at walking@southglos.gov.uk.


Visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for the latest Covid 19 guidelines. 

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

NHS - walking and staying motivated

Whether you’d like to join a led walk over a short or long distance or just want to download a route to walk by yourself, you’ll find it below with information about walk programmes and walking routes.

Promoted walking routes

Extended list of walking routes in South Gloucestershire

The below routes vary from short circular walks designed to be easily accessible, to long-distance walking routes. We also have an extensive network of bridleways and have developed a range of circular rides. 

Click on the menus below for a full list of walks in each area (all of the below are downloadable PDF leaflets except Frampton Cotterell which links to an external website):

Dramway walks

Frome Valley walks

Severn way walks

Staple Hill walks

Heritage trails

Within South Gloucestershire lie many hidden treasures that have helped shape the landscape as we know it today. Natural, industrial and cultural forces have played a part in making up the local environment that we live and work in.

A list of or heritage trails and links to the leaflets are below:

Easy access trails

Park Trails

Park trails are ideal to build up your walking or running distance on a measured and marked course.  Originally set up in partnership with England Athletics and called Run England 3-2-1 routes, these vary in distance from 500 metres (posts every 100m) to multi-lap 5,000m trails (posts every 1,000m). Please click on the links below to view or download a route.

A Forgotten Landscape

This website will help you discover the stunning landscape adjacent to the River Severn with a series of 10 regular walks and 5 easy access walks. Either use the map (zoom in for more detail) or click on the individual leaflet icon below the map for more information about the route or to download a PDF version of the leaflet.

Out and About

The Out and About walking folders include maps of local walks of one to three miles – see the list below

Walking volunteers

Being a volunteer

Our programme of free, led walks would not exist without our team of volunteers. As a volunteer you will:

  • help and support people in your community to get active and healthy
  • be involved in risk assessments and route planning
  • attend a training day covering the basics of walk leading as well as health and safety considerations
  • be encouraged to have First Aid training (with fees covered by us)
  • receive ongoing support from our Public Health team

We also hold an annual ‘get together’ day where volunteers meet for refresher training, go for a walk and have lunch. Please email walking@southglos.gov.uk if you are interested in being a walking volunteer.


Please choose one of the following and email walking@southglos.gov.uk to book your place.  If you can’t make either, let us know as there will be other dates, although not imminently.

Wednesday, 11th August 2021, 9.30am-1pm

The Chantry, Thornbury

52 Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 1HB

There will be no refreshments at the venue, so please bring water. We’ll stop at a café in the high street about halfway through the session, after a short, demonstration walk. Please also bring suitable footwear and money for the café.


Thursday, 19th August 2021, 9.30am-12noon

Microsoft Teams meeting

Click here to join the meeting

You don’t need to download any software but you may wish to test the link in advance.

Other volunteer opportunities

For information about other volunteering opportunities in South Gloucestershire, visit our volunteer page.

Other volunteer opportunities

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