Get into walking

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. You can enjoy it alone, with a friend or with your family.

Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute walk daily has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise!

It takes around 20 minutes to walk a mile and burns approx. 100 calories. Why not leave the car at home and walk to the shops or to work.

Darlington has seven parks, three community woodlands, several nature reserves and plenty of other open spaces to explore. Grab your shoes and get outdoors!

Let’s Go tees valley have created some fantastic walking maps for the Tees Valley [external link].

Starting out

The NHS have some great tips on how to get started [external link].

Darlington Health Walks - Darlington Doorstep Walks [external link] is a scheme offering a variety of short health walks for all abilities. The walks are based in Darlington and the surrounding area.

Groundwork also runs a series of small group walks and one-to-one walks on a regular basis. To find out more, visit the BikeStop Darlington Facebook page [external link] or email Natalie Whitworth at Groundwork.

Enjoy Darlington have pulled together some guidance on walking routes in local areas [external link]. With some of these routes on your doorstep it’s a great way to explore the area.

Nordic Walking - the move more team provide Nordic walking sessions from the South Park every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00am.  For more information contact the Move more team on 01325 405400

Walking Clubs

Darlington CHA and HF Rambling Club [external link]