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Walking is one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to stay fit and healthy. It can also be a great way to meet new people and explore a variety of places. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced walker, joining a walking club or group can offer a wide range of benefits.
In this article, we will show you how to find a walking group in your area, discover why it’s such a great activity for your health and wellbeing, and identify some of the fantastic walking groups in and around Dorset.
There are a few different ways to find a walking group in your local area. Here are three of the most common ones:
There are lots of resources online to help you find local walking groups, clubs or events near you. Our article Walking Routes and Groups features a wealth of information about walking clubs in Dorset, or you can use our Activity Finder to discover groups in your local vicinity. Websites like Ramblers.org.uk, Disabledramblers.co.uk and Meetup.com are also a great way to connect with local community walking groups.
Social media sites can help you connect with people who share similar interests, such as walking, hiking or rambling.
Platforms like Facebook and Nextdoor provide location-based search options, enabling users to find nearby walking groups tailored to their preferences, whether it's leisurely strolls or more challenging hikes. These sites also offer interactive features such as event scheduling, group chats and photo sharing, creating a sense of camaraderie and enhancing the overall social experience.
You can contact your local council or library to find out if they run any walking schemes or programmes in your area. You may be able to join free or low-cost walks led by trained volunteers or staff. Plus, you could get access to helpful info and resources on local walking routes and paths in your area.
If you can’t find a suitable group nearby, why not start up your own walking group with friends, neighbours or colleagues? You may already know someone who enjoys going for walks or wants to start walking on a regular basis.
Consider joining the LiveWell Dorset Facebook page and promote your walking group ideas to help build interest and attract more walkers. Make sure you include details such as the types of walks you do (long hikes, coastal, Nordic, etc.) and post lots of pictures of your group out and about.
Alternatively, there are a number of walking buddy groups on Facebook you could join.
There are many reasons why you may want to join a walking group. Here are some of the main benefits:
Here in Dorset, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning scenery and breath-taking landscapes for walkers to enjoy. Whether you prefer coastal walks, countryside rambles or a stroll that concludes with a trip to a pub or tearoom, you will find something to suit your taste in our beautiful county!
Here is a small sample of some of the walking groups in Dorset you can join:
We hope this article has given you some useful information on the benefits of walking, along with how to find and join a walking group in your area.
Register with us today to find out how our friendly team of Wellness advisors and coaches can help you achieve your fitness goals. LiveWell Dorset is here to support anyone who wants to become more active – whether that’s through walking, working out or as-yet-undecided!
We love seeing photos of your walks around Dorset, so don’t forget to tag us when you’re out and about! We will share our favourite pictures across social media, and on the OurLiveWell Facebook group!
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