Walk your way to better health

Published: Monday, 18th February 2019

The City Council and its partner, Oxford Direct Services, maintain parks across the city. They provide oases of green tranquility and a refuge from the busy hustle bustle of city life.

But they also offer a host of healthy, community-focused activities that anyone can join in with.   

Health walks happen regularly in many of our parks, as well as other locations, and they are suitable for participants at all levels of walking skill, whether a keen walker, or someone looking for gentle exercise. All of the walks provide a skilled walk leader who can give guidance to anyone who wants to join in.

The walks are part of the national Ramblers' Walking for Health scheme and walk leaders are trained Ramblers' Walking for Health leaders. 

Councillor Louise Upton, Board Member for Healthy Oxford, said: "Walking is a fantastic way to build exercise into your day, meet new people and take in the great outdoors. With spring on the way there is no better time to take in the beauty of our city's parks and get fitter at the same time."

The current diary of health walks includes Bury Knowle Park on Fridays from 10am to 11am, Hinksey Park on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am and University Parks on Saturdays from 10am to 11am.

The walks are free and usually end with a coffee to give walkers a chance to socialise. For more details of these and other health walks visit our health walks page.