Get walking in 2014

Press Release: 14/01/2014

Health Walk in Whitchurch

The start of a New Year always brings with it a wave of the usual new years resolutions, with ‘get fit’ being one of the most common. But if you want to get outside rather than go to the gym then why not try a health walk?

Health Walks are free local walks that are open to all, but designed for people who are currently inactive or suffering from a long term health condition. Most of the walks are approximately an hour in duration and are led by trained walk leaders.

The Health Walks will not only help you to become a bit more active but it’s also a great way to meet people and get to know your local area, taking in some of the beautiful scenery that Winchester has to offer.

Lydia Lockhart, Winchester City Council’s Active Lifestyle Officer coordinates the programme and said,

The first Winchester Health Walk started approximately five years ago and now over 80 people enjoy at least one of the seven walks each week. Regular walkers have become fitter and some good friendships have been made.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibilities for sport said,

The Winchester Health Walks are a great way to improve your health whist enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Winchester City and also the rural areas of the district.

With over 3,500 weekly walks taking place across the country, there is likely to be one happening not too far away from you. The Winchester Health Walks scheme has seven weekly walks across the district. For more information on the Winchester Health Walks programme, go to  For further information about the national ‘Walking for Health’ scheme including a health walk finder, go to