How to join walks

There’s a weekly walk for you all year round – come rain or shine

Walk and Talk Health Walks are short weekly walks for everyone who wants to get more active, get out in the countryside and have a chat along the way.

With 14 graded walks all over the borough, the chances are you’ll find one close to home and you can also choose ones to suit your fitness and ability. Some are buggy friendly.

All our walks are led by knowledgeable, trained volunteers, who’ll introduce you to some of the hidden treasures to be found in the nature and history of the place you live.

You don’t need fancy walking gear, just a flat pair of shoes with a tread for grip and a coat to keep out any wind and rain.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

Just choose a walk at the Walking for Health approved grade that suits you.
Grade 1 suitable for people who have not walked much before, are looking to be more active, or are returning from injury or illness. Up to 30 minutes on flat ground or gentle slopes with mainly firm surfaces and no steps or stiles.
Grade 2 suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. Between 30-60 minutes and may include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles.
Grade 3 for people looking for more challenging walks and increasing their level of physical activity. Generally 45-90 minutes and may include steeper slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and stiles.

Now pick your place and time

No need to book, just come and join us. You can click on the area you are interested in for more details about a walk.

Heywood Walks

  • Queen’s Park, (Thursdays, Grade 1-2)
  • Tranquillity Walk, Queens Park (Thursdays, Grade 1-2)

Middleton Walks

  • Hollin and Hopwood Woods Walk (Mondays, Grade 2)
  • Alkrington Woods (Fridays, Grade 2-3)
  • Lighthouse Project (Fridays, Grade 2)

Pennine Walks

  • Milnrow Library Walk (Mondays, Grade 2)
  • Littleborough Library Walk (Tuesdays, Grade 2-3)
  • Hollingworth Lake (Wednesdays, Grade 3)
  • Hollingworth Lake Sunday Walk (Grade 2-3)

Rochdale Walks

  • Syke Circular (Mondays, Grade 2-3)
  • Cutgate, Norden and Bamford (Tuesdays, Grade 2 or 3)
  • Castleton Community Centre (Wednesdays, Grade 2)
  • Falinge Park Best Foot Forward (Wednesdays, Grade 1-2)
  • Spotland Library Walk (Thursdays, Grade 2)
  • Syke Circular (Fridays, Grade 2-3)

Volunteering and new health walks

We are looking for more volunteers age 18 or over, to lead or support our present health walks. Full training and support provided. We are also looking to work with more community groups to start up new weekly health walks. If you are interested in volunteering contact us hmrlivingwellvolunteers@biglifecentres.com

Walk regularly and reap the benefits

Our bodies are designed to move, and regular walking is one of the best activities you can do to keep healthy. Thirty minutes of moderate intensity exercise (including brisk walking), on five or more days of the week can yield many health benefits.

By walking regularly you can

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Reduce levels of cholesterol
  • Reduce weight and maintain your weight loss
  • Reduce the risk of developing Diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of Cancer
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve co-ordination and balance
  • Brisk walking can improve the functioning of the heart, lungs and blood pressure.

Walking in groups can reduce anxiety, depression and loneliness. It can also promote friendships, increase confidence, self-esteem and vitality, boosting your quality of life.

For more information:

Please call 01706 751 190

Living Well Rochdale

Lock 50
Oldham Road
Rochdale
OL16 5RD