Why should I go walking?

It’s the cheapest and most accessible form of exercise, and it’s really easy to do!

Light exercise and time spent outdoors is a great way to clear your mind, relieve stress and feel better about yourself.

Currently the only way to see people you don’t live with is to meet them outdoors. You would get a bit chilly standing around, so walking is the way to go!

It’s great for your physical health. There are many variables, but if you walk for an hour you should expect to burn over 200 calories. Regular walking can also strengthen your heart, lower blood sugar levels, ease joint pain, boost your immune system and improve sleep.

Where should I walk?

Stockton has loads of nice parks and green spaces to walk around, as well as a great network of walking paths throughout the borough. Follow the links for more info:

Parks and green spaces to walk around

Our walking route library of 60 short local walks

We’ve also put together some walking routes near coffee shops that are still open for take-out.

If you want to blaze your own trail, you can view all footpaths, bridleways and public rights of way on the Stockton walking and cycling map, split into North and South. Paper copies are available for free in the Hub.

What do I need?

Take your phone with you in case anything goes wrong, and some water if you’ll be out for more than an hour or two.

If you’re walking on paths or in parks then you shouldn’t need any special footwear – comfy shoes or trainers are fine. A warm coat is really important in the winter, and a hat and gloves are great when it’s cold or windy. A waterproof jacket makes all the difference on rainy days too.

How far can I walk?

The average person in the UK walks only half a mile per day, but most healthy people should be able to walk 5 miles (8km) in 2 hours without an issue. If you are older or have health issues then this will be lower. Your best bet is to start small; walk for half an hour and see how you feel, and then go from there!

The Stockton Active Travel Hub