People who want to take steps to improve their fitness and wellbeing are being encouraged to part in Wolverhampton's popular Walking for Health programme.

Each week thousands of people join one of the 40 free health walks which are held in and around the City.

They are organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Healthy Lifestyles Service with the invaluable support of dozens of volunteer walk leaders, and range from easy 30 minute strolls around Wolverhampton's many parks and green spaces to more challenging, 90 minute walks which head further off the beaten track.

There are also heritage walks featuring expert commentary on the history and heritage of the local area, British Sign Language led walks for people with hearing difficulties and toddle waddles for parents, babies and toddlers. Many walks include a refreshment stop.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Walking for Health programme was launched in 2001 to encourage people to take more exercise.

"Initially there were just 3 weekly walks, but it has proved so popular that there are now dozens of free events to choose from, with around 2,000 people taking part on a regular basis.

"Walking is a great way of getting fit for free and can help you reduce stress levels, increase energy, improve posture and strengthen muscles, joints and bones. It can also help you lose weight or maintain your current weight, help you sleep better and protect you against heart disease and stroke.

"The weekly programme has something for everyone, whatever your age and ability, and with walks in locations around the city it's a fantastic way to not only improve your health and fitness, but also discover parts of the city you may not have seen before.

"They are also an ideal opportunity to meet like minded individuals, and best of all they are free."

For more information about Walking for Health, and to see the programme of activities, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=3733;Title=Move More;. Alternatively call 0800 0734242 or email

  • released: Wednesday 1 February, 2017