Arrive fresh & alert.

1 mile = 20 minutes walking.

Healthy, quick & easy.

Why walk?

Walking is the cheapest way to travel short distances. And it comes with some great health benefits. Just 30 minutes walking every day will give you an excellent fitness workout. 

Walking to work

More people are choosing to walk to work when they can. Not just because it’s cheaper, but because it helps them feel fitter, fresher and more ready for the day when they get to work. Compare how you feel after a 20 minute walk to how you feel after making the same journey by car. The commute by car can be one of the most stressful parts of the day, while walking to work can actually help to de-stress you.

Even if you live just a bit too far to make the whole journey on foot, taking public transport will give you more of an opportunity to walk. There are some excellent park and ride schemes in Cheltenham and Gloucester too.


What are the health benefits of walking?

People often overestimate how long it takes to get around on foot. But you can easily walk a mile in 20 minutes. Or a quarter of a mile in about five minutes. So it really does make sense to make those short trips on foot. You’ll certainly feel better for it:

  • Walking releases endorphins, so you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fresh, relaxed and more alert.
  • Just being outdoors helps top up your vitamin D levels.
  • Walking burns calories to help maintain a healthy weight.
  • Walking reduces the risk of developing health problems.
  • Walking can improve the flexibility and strength of your muscles, joints and bones.

Walking tips and advice

The NHS recommends you walk 10,000 steps every day. That’s not as bad as it sounds – you can walk 1,000 steps in ten minutes.

So if you’re thinking about adding a bit more walking into your daily routine, here are some simple ways to make those 10,000 steps easier and more enjoyable:

  • Wear a pedometer or use an app to see how far you’re walking every day – it’s a great motivator.
  • Build up your distances gradually – once you're in a routine you’ll find it gets easier each day.
  • Vary your routes to keep things interesting.

A good pair of shoes and a Cotswolds Discoverer ticket

You don’t have to walk everywhere. The new Cotswold Discoverer ticket lets you combine walking with public transport. So you can use the bus or train to take you so far, then walk the rest of the way.

The Cotswold Discoverer ticket gives you unlimited travel on a one-day or three-day ticket. It’s available from any mainline station in the UK as well as participating bus services in the Cotswolds. You’ll find lots more information at Escape to the Cotswolds

 

Did you know?

It’s recommended that adults get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. So it just takes a 15-minute walk to and from work to hit your target.


In slow moving traffic, car drivers are actually exposed to more air pollution than pedestrians.

Walking – Next steps

How much money you can save by walking to work – give the My Journey calculator a go and find out.

Walking maps and resources

Get around Gloucestershire on foot with our maps to guide you:

Download walking map pdfs

Walking in Gloucestershire:
Route Planning, Links & Downloads 

Join a walking group:
Gloucestershire Walking Group

Gloucestershire Walking Group

Perfect for anyone in their 20s, 30s and 40s who wants to get out and enjoying the countryside – with the odd detour to a local pub or tea shop!
Or why not give one of our featured walks a try?

Compare your travel options & costs


A 30-minute round trip walking will burn approximately 120 calories.

Cut congestion, help support the local economy, reduce carbon emissions as well as improve your health.

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