Healthy Peterborough


Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.  

It's underrated as a form of exercise, but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

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You can walk 1,000 steps in around 10 minutes. Pedometers are a fun way to keep track of your walking. Use a pedometer to work out your average daily steps and then start adding extra steps. Find out how you can benefit from walking 10,000 steps on five or more days a week.

Here are some local walking schemes:

Walking for health

Vivacity have joined forces with Walking for Health and are currently running local walks in the Peterborough area.

Walking can improve general health and happiness, joining a local walking group often encourages people to explore the outdoors, get to know their local area and meet like-minded new people. It’s really easy to get started with walking as you don’t need any special equipment, it’s completely FREE, plus it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.

Walking for Health enables individuals of all ages to get moving more. This form of exercise is low impact so great for people that live with any long term condition and an excellent way to socialise with like-minded individuals.

There are a number of different locations across the Peterborough area where the groups meet on a regular basis including Ferry Meadows, Werrington, Orton Mere and Dogsthorpe to name a few. There are some beautiful routes so great for taking in some of the local scenery.

Most of the walks can be adapted so you can either take a short walk, or a longer stroll depending on your own preference or ability. Everyone is welcome!

Elaine Pringle, who is one of the Walk Leaders commented: “All of the walks are on solid paths and are not just through housing estates. The walks accommodate people of differing capabilities and speeds. You do not feel that you are in a race and everyone is friendly and welcoming. The walk leaders are all volunteers but take the time to make sure all of the walkers are OK throughout the walks. Some of the walks are followed by a cuppa and a good old natter in a local café!”

The Walking for Health scheme has helped Elaine personally following chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer 2 years ago. “Some of the medication I was on led to weight gain and it was suggested that I walked on a regular basis to tackle this. I was made aware of the Walking for Health scheme and joined a twice weekly 3 mile walk at my local country park. When I first joined I didn’t know anyone else but everyone was very friendly and welcoming. As the walks were at the same time and place each week I found it easier to attend. I would most definitely recommend this scheme to others. It's a great way to get some exercise and you meet some lovely people too!”

Prices: Free to all.
For more information call 01733 864 738 or email healthservices@vivacity.org  
See more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/walks.

Walk Peterborough

The new Walk Peterborough website provides an even easier way to enjoy walking in your local area. The website is designed specifically to record different routes around the city and surrounding areas. In addition, through mobile optimisation and GPS data, you can now conveniently map and follow your route on the go.

Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s cultural and heritage sites, enjoy family-friendly days out, improve your health and well-being, want to find dog-friendly walks or simply looking to enjoy the natural environment – there’s something for everyone! You can also choose a walking distance to suit your requirements.

The charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has produced the new website, with funding from Travelchoice. Travelchoice aims to encourage the use of sustainable travel, reduce the need to travel by car, and improve the quality of life for all residents while reducing the city’s impact on climate change.

“Walk Peterborough is a fantastic resource for exploring the beauty of the city on foot with friends, family and colleagues,” explains Esther Baffa-Isaacs, Sustainable Travel Officer at Travelchoice. “It can be used to plot your commute to work, college or university and set up walking buses to schools. The value of the social aspects of the site is endless because it makes it possible for people to share their latest walking adventure and give inspiration to others.”

Not only can you see a range of suggested walks to do around Peterborough, you can even add in your own route ideas to help others like you discover more of Peterborough. For more information, please email info@pect.org.uk and visit the website at https://www.pect.org.uk/projects/walk-peterborough/ 


Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a popular Scandinavian sport that offers a 98% full-body workout and provides great social and physical benefits for everyone. After completing the Learn to Nordic Walk course, participants can take part in our four weekly Nordic Walks, with all equipment provided free of charge. You can find your nearest Nordic walk at:

  • Regional Pool: Mondays between 3.30 - 4.30pm
  • Bushfields Sports Centre: Wednesdays between 1.30 - 3.30pm
  • Hampton Leisure Centre: Thursdays between 9.30 - 10.30am
  • Herlington Crosskeys Homes: Fridays between 12noon - 1pm
Prices for the Nordic walks: Free to Vivacity Gym Members and £4 for non-members.

For more information call 01733 863600

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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust