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Walking Routes

WalkingThere are walking routes for all tastes, whether it be along the coast, deep in the country or around the city. Click on the links below to view organised health walks or other routes available across the district.

Active Mile Markers 

Have you spotted our Active Mile Markers across the district? They measure a distance of up to three miles in some locations where you can either walk, run or cycle. Keep a record of your time and distance and see your fitness improve. Perhaps challenge your family or friends to join in- you’ll be amazed at your progress!
The Active Mile Markers can be found at the following locations:

It takes most people about 20 minutes to walk a mile, although if you don’t take much exercise it might take you a bit longer than this at first.

Walk 4 Life

Do you know where to walk? Or how far a walk you do regularly is? Or even find someone to walk with. All of this is possible on the Walk 4 Life website.

To quickly find a walking route near you use the search box to the right!

Family friendly walking routes

Routes of varying distances and terrains in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.

East Kent Health Walks

HealthWalks are free, short, volunteer led, local walks aimed at those who wish to be more active.

Calorie Maps

Use these maps to include walking in your daily routine, take steps towards an active lifestyle.

Benefits of Walking

  • Walking is good for your heart and lungs, improving cardiovascular fitness.
  • Most of the work is done by the muscles of the lower body, and it’s a weight-bearing activity, so it can help improve bone density.
  • It’s low impact, so it won’t strain your joints or get injured.
  • Walking will also increase your muscle tone, boost metabolism, ease stress, raise energy levels and improve sleep.
  • It provides an opportunity for you to meet new people and socialise.
  • You can appreciate diversity of landscapes and views that the district has to offer.

Finally walking doesn’t need to feel like exercise. It can just be part of your daily routine, you could stop driving to the local shops and walk there instead. If you use the bus or tube, get off one stop early and walk. You don’t need any equipment and you already know how to do it. Best of all, it’s free!