Walking

Gwynedd has breath taking scenery from beautiful mountains to its stunning coastline. Best of all the best way to experience it is absolutely FREE and open to everyone!  

Join one of ‘Let’s Walk Gwynedd’ weekly walks to discover more about the local area, enjoy the scenery and make new friends. Led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders the walks aim to improve people’s health and well being by promoting regular brisk walking.  

Walks are available to everyone and there is a front and back leader to guide walkers and to let everyone walk at their own pace.

Benefits of Walking

Walking can be a preventative approach to many illnesses with the benefits being enormous. It’s fun, sociable, free, therapeutic, natural exercise and prolongs a healthy, happy, active life. Regular walking can improve confidence, stamina, energy, weight control, life expectancy, and reduce coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, anxiety and stress.


Did you know that there are different types of walks?

Types of walks
GradeDescription
Introductory health (Int) Short, mostly flat circular walks up to 1.5 miles. Footpaths suitable for pushchairs. Ideal for beginners or to give you a taste of the programme.
Health (H) Mostly flat, with slight inclines. Footpaths up to 2.5 miles. 
Progressive (P) Moderate inclines. Footpaths and grassland. May include stiles. 2 to 5 miles.
Nordic (N) A walking technique using a special pole, Nordic walking works your upper and lower body at the same time strengthening your back, legs and arms, all this whilst improving your heart and lungs.

 

Pram and Buggy Walks

These walks are aimed at parents, grandparents, child minders and their babies and toddlers. They are a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy the local surroundings and get fit. Free guided walks coming soon.


Children

Children under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.


Would you like to Lead or Back-up Walks?

Would you like to get people walking? Enjoy meeting and helping others? Can you spare an hour or more a week?  

If you have answered YES, you are an ideal person to become a Volunteer Walk Leader.  You can be involved by:

  • Creating new walks in your area
  • Assisting  at walking events & festivals 
  • Providing casual sickness & holiday cover on existing walks
  • Providing back-up on existing walks

The course includes:

  • How to lead a walk
  • Motivating people to walk
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Safety & risk assessing
  • Physical activity and special health conditions


Useful Websites

For more information contact us: Bywniach@gwynedd.llyw.cymru