Healthy living

Health walks

Health walks are a great way to exercise and to meet people in your local area whilst enjoying the beautiful South Somerset countryside.

Our Health Walks are led by trained Health Walk Leaders and are a great way of getting exercise and meeting people. From beginners to challenging walks there are walks suitable for everyone.

So why not take a health walk and enjoy the countryside? You could make new friends, relieve stress and benefit your health. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's an underrated form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

  1. Find a walk in your local area

    To find a walk in your local area download our Health Walks leaflet.

  2. Accessible Walks and Buggy Walks

    South Somerset District Council have worked in partnership with Access for all solutions to route and promote accessible walks within the district. Some of our accessible walks include:

    Buggy walks are designed to give everyone in South Somerset with young children a chance to exercise and meet new people. They are led by qualified Health Walk leaders and are suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. Children remain the responsibility of the adult they came with.

    • Balsam Buggy Walks at Stourhead - every other Thursday (phone for next walk). Meet at Stourhead Visitors Centre, Stourhead. Walks last approximately 45 minutes depending on the speed of any toddlers walking and will take place on paths around the beautiful gardens of the Stourhead estate. To find out more contact the The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 or email info@balsamcentre.org.uk 

  3. Enjoy walking and fancy volunteering in your community?

    Why not sign up to become a qualified Health Walk Leader? The Healthy Lifestyles Team at South Somerset District Council run free Health Walk Leader training courses.

    This training is ideal if you would like to lead a health walk in your local area on a voluntary basis. It is a day of practical advice and includes a demonstration of a health walk and information on keeping people motivated. 

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