- NHS professionals recommend that adults should spend 150 minutes a week being physically active.
- Improve your health and well-being by walking at a fast pace for just 30 minutes over 5 days (meeting the NHS guidelines).
- People of all sizes can experience substantial health benefits from walking at a brisk pace every day (Cambridge University, 2015).
- Walking can help build stamina, burn calories and give you a healthier heart (NHS, 2016).
The 10,000 steps a day challenge is set by NHS to help individuals get more active. Daily step counts can be tracked on the Health app on iPhones or by a range of free apps that can be downloaded onto your smart phone. Find out more about the NHS 10,000 steps a day challenge here.
Explore Your Local Area
Did you know that there are a series of 17 Walks for Health across the Borough each week, all run by volunteers.
The aim of the walks is to help improve health by walking briskly. There is a leader and a back marker so that everyone can walk at their own pace. All of the walks are graded from a short gentle stroll (20-30 minutes) to a three mile walk (about an hour). All walks are under 90 minutes.
It is a great way to meet new friends. The walkers are a very sociable bunch and often stop for a coffee and a chat at the end of a walk. There are also several social events throughout the year. Full details can be found here.
Walks in Barkham
Barkham Parish Council have details on their website about two new walking routes in the area, The Coombes circular walk, and The Barkham Way. The Coombes walk takes about an hour and a half to complete, while the Barkham way takes about half an hour in either direction.
Please be aware that the surfaces may be wet and muddy during winter and the tracks may not be suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Walks in Finchampstead
Finchampstead is fortunate to have over 26 miles of footpaths within the Parish. These are maintained by Wokingham Borough Council but the Parish Council employs a part time Footpath Warden to ensure that the paths are maintained to an even better standard. Finchampstead Parish Council have started to produce a series of local walks details of which can be found here.
Walks in Shinfield
Shinfield Volunteer Group have six planned walking routes around the parish. Details of the walks can be downloaded here, and printed copies are available at the Shinfield Parish Office at School Green, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EH.
Walks in Sonning
Sonning Parish Council have details of a couple of walks in their area. One of them is a short historic walk taking about 20-30 minutes the other one is a riverside ramble taking about 40-60 minutes. Full details of both of these walks can be found here.
Nordic Walking for people over 60 at Dinton Pastures every Monday at 10am
Nordic walking uses poles, which uses muscles in your upper body as well as your legs. The poles help to propel you along - this means you work harder than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier. It can be done by anybody, anywhere we supply the poles for you.
Full details of how to take part can be found here.
A number of short leisure walks across Wokingham borough have been mapped. Winnersh, Woodley, Wokingham, Woosehill, Emmbrook and Earley maps are all available under Related Downloads.
Explore our new California greenway route which has recently been built and starts from the playing fields at Finchampstead Baptist Church through California Country Park linking up to the new development in Arborfield Green and for school pupils onto Bohunt School. Details of this route is also available under Related Downloads.