'Let's Walk Cymru' (LWC) is a Wales-wide walking programme
tasked with increasing the number of people using the great
outdoors as a way of improving health and wellbeing of the
population. The use of natural green space provides great
opportunities for people to participate in and enjoy walking.
Our objectives are to:
Let's Walk Cymru contributes to the vision of the Welsh
Assesmbly Government's Creating an Active Wales action
plan and is funded by Sport Wales and the Welsh Assembly
It's free, accessible and available to all.
Making walking part of your everyday life is key to leading a
Just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week is all you
need to help set you on your way to achieving a healthier
lifestyle. The 30 minutes can even be split up into smaller chunks,
with 3 x 10 minute sessions or 2 x 15 minute sessions - which can
be just as effective.
Gently does it:
If you can only walk for a few minutes, then it's a start. Try
not to over do it. If you begin gradually you are more likely to
increase the amount that you are doing and to keep at it. The more
times you do it the further you will be able to walk. If you are
unfit, then try going for a walk every other day to start with.
10 Reason to Walk
What is a 'brisk' walk?
Brisk walking is what you're aiming for. It is at this intensity
where health benefits will be gained. So how do you know if you are
You should be at a pace that makes you feel warmer, makes you
breathe slightly faster than normal and you experience a warm
If you can walk and:
A brisk walk for one person might not be brisk for another. It
will depend on your gender, age and fitness level. The information
below gives you a guide to the amount of time it should take you to
do a mile.
These benefits can help to:
If you have any medical problems and are unsure about the amount
of exercise you should be doing, speak to a health professional for
Our country's natural environment serves up extensive
opportunities to reap the benefits walking can bring. There are
more than 33,000km of public rights of way which can be explored
and enjoyed, including footpaths, walking routes/trails and
In addition, Wales possesses copious national parks, urban
parks, country parks, nature reserves, areas of outstanding natural
beauty, forests, coastal paths and many many more.
Walking programmes provide us with opportunities to get to know
our own environments and to explore new areas, from the communities
we live in to the mountains and coastal paths that surround us.
Being in the fresh air can help reduce your stress and calm your
People of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to develop
a life-long positive approach to health and fitness by simply
stepping out on to their doorsteps and exploring the natural
environment around them.
For further information on any elements of Let's Walk
Cymru please contact:
Alternatively, you can contact your Senior Regional
South East Office - 0845 045 0904 (option 2)
South West Office - 0845 045 0906
North Wales Office - 0845 045 0908
Let's Walk Cymru supports over 30 walking projects and groups
across Wales. These vary from local authorities-led projects
to local voluntary walking clubs, all of which exist through the
recruitment, retention and training of volunteers.
Projects and groups vary in size, resource and programmes. If
you want to include details of your project/group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Walk Leader training
This is a one day course, delivered locally and managed by
LWC. It is aimed at volunteers and paid staff who want
to lead 'health walks' to the general public in their communities
or surrounding areas.
This training is aimed at those who wish to lead health walks
for their local groups. A health walks is defined as a
"short, safe, brisk led walk":
Walk Leaders' role
What will be expected of you?
The 1 day, free health walk leader course
provides practical advice on how to lead a walk safely and how to
encourage and motivate participants. Please see our resources & templates
section for further details relating to course learning
Wales has over 50 Health Walk Leader
Tutors to deliver the Health Walk Leader' (HWL) course.
Courses tend to be held when there is a need locally and
could depend on new walks starting or a high expression of interest
for volunteers. It is advised that you make contact with a walking
project in your area for more information about dates of
forthcoming courses. To find a course near you, contact
Fitness Wales* at email@example.com
or 02920 575155.
*Sport Wales work in partnership with Fitness Wales to
administer health walk leader courses .
Insurance for Volunteer Walk Leaders
All volunteers who are trained through the recognised 'Let's Walk
Cymru' Health Walk Leader course are eligible to receive free
public liability insurance cover. After attending the course
you will receive further information regarding insurance cover.
Health Walk Leader Tutor Training
This course is aimed at people who are willing to people who
want to be walk leaders for their local
groups/project and surrounding areas. Walk Leader
Tutors must have attended the Health Walk Leader training
and have experience of leading walks.
The training is a FREE two-day course which includes course
More than health walks - different training
There are different levels of walk leader training available
depending on the types of walks you wish to offer your group.
Make sure that your walk leaders are trained to the most
appropriate level. The more confident your walk leaders are,
the smoother the walks with run.
The 'Let's Walk Cymru' programme will have a
strong focus on monitoring and evaluation for two
Why should you monitor and evaluate?
You should built monitoring and evaluation strategies into your
programme from the start. It is important to collect data for
two main reasons:
Funders and stakeholders want to know whether a project has
spent its money in the right way. Often, projects need to 'prove'
success or 'make the case' for why further funding is required to
keep the project going, especially at a local level.
All projects funded through 'Let's Walk Cymru' are required to
collect monitoring data. The 'Guidance Pack for Monitoring
and Evaluating your Project' gives a detailed explanation of the
For classes or accommodation at the National Centre please contact 0845 045 0902