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Walking for Health in Somerset

Health Walks are designed to attract people of all ages who want to improve their health, meet new people as well as explore their local environment. Walking groups are led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders who have reached the standard of delivery set by the national

The Ramblers manage the national Walking for Health initiative at a national level, giving people the opportunity to take part in short, free and local health walks in communities across England.

Sedgemoor District Council now manages the Health Walks in Sedgemoor programme and aim to have as many local, accessible and well supported Health Walks across the district for residents to join. Sedgemoor's scheme is run by the Housing, Health and Wellbeing team and is accredited with the national Walking for Health Initiative. Our Health Walks are led by trained Health Walk leaders who volunteer their time to plan scenic and accessible routes for all. The scheme caters for complete beginners as well as more intermediate level walkers and last between 30 and 90 minutes in duration, often with the option of refreshments at the end.

Why not join one of our Health Walks and you could make new friends, relieve stress and improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It is an ideal choice for people of all ages and fitness levels. Regular walking has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke, some cancers as well as helping to prevent and improve mental health.

Our Health Walk locations include Cheddar, Burnham on Sea, Bridgwater and the villages of Nether Stowey, Steart and Stogursey and cater for beginners through to intermediate level walkers. No walk lasts longer than 90 minutes, with most lasting up to one hour. For those walks attached to GP surgeries, it is important to note that you DO NOT need to be a patient of the surgery to attend. They are open to all.

A Health Walk at Marine Cove, Burnham on Sea

To understand more about the national Walking for Health initiative, please visit: Walking for Health and for copies of the current Health Walks in Sedgemoor locations, please see the link below:

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