Closer To Home Walking Network
We lead short free health walks every day around the beautiful parks and greenways in Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas. They last up to an hour and a half and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Our walking scheme is accredited by the national organisation Walking for Health.
The volunteer-led Closer to Home Walking Network aims to deliver a comprehensive walking programme for the different areas and population groups in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and its surroundings. Currently (November 2016) more than 300 people in the city are actively involved in our walks.
The project was originally set up in 2009 by the Federation of Stadium Communities with funding from NHS Stoke-on-Trent.
Why is walking important?
The current adult recommendation is at least 30 minutes of moderately intensive activity on five or more days of the week. Unfortunately, only about 37% of men and 25% of women currently achieve the recommended exercise levels.
Closer to Home - all our Stoke walks
We run a series of walks around Stoke-on-Trent open to all ages and abilities. Most walks are grouped by area: Stoke North, Stoke Central & West, Stoke Central & East and Stoke South.
Printable timetable of all our area walks: Area Walks Timetable
There are also 'City Strollers' walks for stroke survivors, 'Lifestyle' walks for those referred by their GP or nurse and day centre walks for people with disabilities. Click on any of the links under Our Walking Groups opposite, to find out more about the different kinds of walk and the areas where we walk.