Walking for Health in East Devon – Make it your New Year’s Resolution

If you are a regular reader to my blog you will have got the idea that I love to find new places to walk. Walking is something I’ve enjoyed for many years with friends and family in this country and abroad, often making new friends on the way.  A few years ago I discovered the Walking for Health in East Devon scheme by tagging along with my mum!

Walking  is something I enjoy more now.  I am learning that this can be a lot nicer,  more sociable and kinder on the knees than heading for the gym or going for a run.

Fresh Air and Exercise

It’s well known that walking is good for your health. It does not need to be a 10 mile hike. If you have been suffering from ill health or are recovering from an operation then even 15 minutes may be of benefit. Being outside is also proven to be a great help to mental health and I know how much better I feel after a good dose of fresh air.

Walking for Health in East Devon Dalwood

Walking For Health in East Devon

The other aspect of walking is meeting new people and this is one of the great elements of the Walking For Health programme . This is a free volunteer programme, coordinated by Leisure East Devon.

The scheme offers weekly walks of varying grades in East Devon with the aim of getting people of all abilities active.

For those just starting out Grade 1 is gentle pace for 20 to 30 minutes following flat footpaths or pavements. Walks work up to Level 3 which is 60 to 90 minutes of more moderate walking on a range of footpaths which may include hills or styles.

Walking for Health Trinity Hill

Walk This Way

The walks nearly always end with a coffee stop so you can relax afterwards and feel pleased with your efforts. The walks are extremely friendly, a great way to met people and no one will judge your ability.

You can decide on the day how far you want to walk and join the group that best suits you.

Where the Walks are Based

Depending on where you live or what day you are available, walks are run in different areas at a range of starting points. You will need to drive to reach most of them but there may be the chance for lift shares especially once to get to know people.

The groups meet in a variety of places in the general location,  you will need to check the programme for details, online here, or leaflets available from doctors surgeries, libraries and tourist information centres. Walks start at 10.30am (arrive by 10.15am to register). There are 4 area groups that meet on the following days.

Sid Valley – Monday and Wednesday

Exmouth – Tuesday and Saturday

Colyton & Seaton – Wednesday

Axminster – Friday

If you are interested in joining one of the walks you can turn up on the day  – take a look at the current programme here, or if you have any questions contact the Walking For Health team on 01395 255083 or email outreach@ledleisure.co.uk

So why not start your New Year in a fantastically positive, free way and make the move to a fitter and healthier you.

Walking for Health Preparing for a walk at Trinity Hill

What to Wear?

These walks are often in the countryside or using footpaths. Comfortable clothes are a good idea as well as some sturdy shoes or boots.

If you think you might need a new waterproof coat, a hat, gloves or some shoes why not take a look in the family run 4 Seasons in Seaton who stock an excellent range of outdoor wear and the famous Tilly Hats.

Their ranges includes Target Dry, Lighthouse, Jack Murphy, Regatta and Flexophane waterproof, breathable and wind proof coats.  For your feet a selection of Gri Sport and Lackner waterproof walking boots and shoes plus Goodyear, Luner , Dunlop and Jack Murphy Wellington boots. Also children’s wellingtons boots as well as range of socks.

If you pop in over the New Year and quote Flip flops or Wellies you will receive a 10% discount on purchases over £25.

4 Seasons Seaton

Other Walks and Walking Groups

On my blog there are lots of other walks that you may like to try. Most are short (1 or 2 miles) but usually offer ideas for extending the route for more of a challenge.

If you are already more advanced in your walking then the Ramblers is a great organisation with a well established group in East Devon with many walks on offer. Their programme is online and you can find them on Facebook as well.  Note there is a monthly or annual fee to join the Ramblers association.

Walking for Health Axminster

I really hope that even if you think you are not at all fit then the Walking For Health might inspire you to give it a go. Why not make it your New Year’s Resolution to try it just once, you never no where it might take you!

If you already enjoy these walks please leave a comment below to share your experience.

Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018


This post has been kindly sponsored by 4 Seasons of Seaton

The Helpful Hiker