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 our  Walking for Health, Stepping Forward, Out and About and Buggy Walk programmes as well as our promoted 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 (linked to downloadable PDF leaflets):

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

Walking for Health programme of walks

We have a range of free, led walks between 30 and 90 minutes, designed to suit different walking abilities. These include nine regular walks and are all detailed in our Walking for Health walks programme.

These walks are designed to accommodate any walker’s needs, allowing people to walk the distance they feel comfortable with. All walks are free and led by trained volunteers. Where possible the start point for our walks include toilets and parking.

Walkers can bring their dogs to a walk as long as they are kept on a lead. However in some instances we may ask for dogs not to be brought along, for example if the walk route goes through a field of cattle.

Walking in a group led by one of our wonderful trained leaders could help you take the first steps to a more active lifestyle and is a great way to meet new people.Our Walking for Heath programme is officially accredited.

Walking for Health programme of walks Jan-Jun 2019 Walking For Health Programme of walks Jul - Dec 2019

Accessibility

People of all ages and walking abilities are supported, including those who use wheelchairs or have other access requirements. To find out more or ask any questions, please contact us:

Stepping Forward

Stepping Forward walks are perfect for people who prefer something slightly longer and more strenuous than our Walking for Health walks.These walks:

  • are between 3 – 4 miles
  • take around 1 ½ – 2 hours
  • usually go for refreshments afterwards

Further details, including dates, times, locations are listed in our Stepping Forward programme.

Stepping Forward Programme of walks Jan-Jun 2019 Stepping Forward programme of walks Jul-Dec 2019

Out and About

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

Buggy walks

Our buggy walks are a free sociable activity for parents, carers and grandparents of very young children and are a great way to make new friends, explore your local area and get fit. Walks are between 45 minutes to an hour and the groups usually meet afterwards for refreshments.

Our walks take place in Yate (Mondays on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month), Bitton (Mondays on the 1st week of the month) Lyde Green (Thursdays on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month). See below for details and to download the leaflets:

  • Yate Buggy Walk – Mondays 10am, Yate library, 44 West Walk, BS37 4AX (Download the leaflet)
  • Bitton Buggy Walk – Mondays 10am, Outside café, Bitton, Station Bath Road, BS30 6HD (Download the leaflet)
  • Lyde Green Buggy walk – Thursdays 10am, Emersons Green library, Emersons way, BS16 7AP

Walking after giving birth

Information about keeping fit and healthy and exercising after giving birth can be found on the NHS website. If in any doubt, consult with your GP, midwife and/or health visitor.

Safety first

Our buggy walks have been tested and risk assessed. They are suitable for pushchairs and are mainly on flat ground but can contain some hills and gravel paths and can be muddy in places if it’s been raining. Please come prepared with suitable footwear and a rain cover for your buggy if it rains and a bottle of water and sun protection on hot days.

Other organised walks

There are other organisations that could be organising a walk in your area – try:

Walking for health volunteer training

Being a volunteer

Our programme of free, led walks would not exist without our team of wonderful 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 the Walking For Heath team

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

Next training day

Our next training day for new Walking for Health volunteers will be on 10th September, 2019 in Yate. Please complete the application form or get in touch with us: healthylifestyles@southglos.gov.uk. We’d love to hear from you!

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

Other volunteer opportunities

Useful resources and information

National walking month

Join this annual celebration of walking – the campaign to make streets fitter for walking for everyone. Add more walking to your daily routine, be it at work, to school, or around your neighbourhood.

Living Streets - national walking month 2019