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Walking & Cycling

Walking for Health

'Walking for Health' is a national programme which aims to get people walking more through regular group walks, led by trained volunteer leaders.

Walking is a great way to build physical activity into everyday life, whilst enjoying natural surroundings in a sociable setting. For more information, visit the Walking for Health website.

Find details of other walking groups in York via the Walking for Health website.

Health Walks Scheme

The York Health Walks scheme provides 14 free group walks of different lengths from 12 different locations across the city of York. 

For more information about:

  • The walks, what to wear, who are they for, how long are the walks
  • How to become a walk leader
  • What the benefits of walking are
  • Download the York Health Walks brochure

Please visit the York Health Walks website.


Whether you are cycling to work, school or just for leisure, getting around York by bike is easy.

York’s extensive network of off-road cycle paths and on-road cycle lanes offers great access into and around the city.

Cycling is proven to be one of the quickest forms of transport for short urban trips. It’s also a great way to maintain an active lifestyle. It’s fast, fun and reliable and is open to all ages and most abilities.

CYC Sustainable Transport Team can provide Cycle Route maps, and route planning advice is available.

A variety of Cycle Training and support is also offered in York to help people learn or brush up on their skills.

Further information can be found at

Electric bikes are rapidly growing in popularity with over 36 million now being sold worldwide each year.

iTravel York have produced a useful leaflet which covers the types of electric bike available and provides a range of reasons why one might be for you. To download the leaflet and find further information visit iTravel York.

Start Cycling Sessions – York Bike Belles

York Bike Belles offer free advice, bike loans, confidence training and support – over cake. “Cake Confidence” start cycling sessions take place on the last Saturday of every month at Cycle Heaven.  The free, fun and tasty scheme supports people at all stages of life to start, or return to, cycling.

For further information or to book visit the York Bike Belles website or email

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