We have been working with Improving Lives Plymouth to encourage local people to get active and get outside to do some walking. 

In England, half of all adults are not active enough to benefit their health. This means that they are at risk of developing serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

This Active for All project aims to improve people’s fitness but also benefit their mental health. Being physically active, connecting with nature and other people are all things which have been shown to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

These group walks are open to everyone. They are led by friendly, specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.

Why join our walking group?

  • Walking and talking come very naturally together and walking in a group can make us feel more connected to each other, reducing loneliness and isolation.
  • Walking can improve mood and sleep-quality, reduce stress and anxiety. 
  • Being in green and blue spaces is shown to have a positive impact on mental health.

When do the walks take place?

Improving Lives Plymouth’s Active for All project delivers 3 walks a week around The Hoe and The Barbican. These walks take place every Monday and Friday and are free to attend.

  • Monday ‘Walk and Talk’ – A brisk one hour walk. Meeting at the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican at 10:45am for an 11am start.
  • Friday morning – An hour-long brisk walk with some inclines. Meet at the National Marine Aquarium at 11:15am.
  • Friday afternoon – A 30 minute gentle walk on a flat(ish!) route which is suitable for wheelchairs. Meet at the National Marine Aquarium at 1:15pm.

Please remember to wear sensible footwear, bring waterproofs if necessary and bring a drink to take along the walk with you.

If you have any questions please contact: ilp@improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk