Step out Sheffield


 

Christmas closures 2019

Although our volunteers work year-round to deliver our walks, most walks are cancelled in Christmas week and approximately half of them are cancelled the week after Christmas too. A list of Christmas closures is provided below for your convenience. If you would like a printable copy just click on the link >>Christmas closures all walks Dec 2019.pdf 

 

Winter-weather walks

As with all walks, you walk at your own risk. Walks will probably be cancelled if the weather is icy and the ground slippery. Otherwise we wear sturdy footwear with good treads, dress warmly and maybe use a walking pole or stick and walk whatever the weather! We leave it up to you to decide if you want to walk in winter weather or not. Many people do venture out and when they get back inside afterwards they feel all the better for having made the effort!

  

Step out Sheffield Health Walks is your local Walking for Health scheme.

 We are a completely voluntary group who organise walks at 29 different locations each week, primarily using parks and greenspaces. All our walks are completely free, fun and sociable - three great reasons to get involved. Our walks are led by trained Walk Leaders and without their commitment we wouldn't be able to provide them. Step out Sheffield is the largest entirely voluntary Ramblers Walking for Health scheme in the country - which we are incredibly proud of! 

Hear about our walks via this link to Sheffield live radio https://t.co/1XCruX0vCn  




Our aims:

  • To improve the health of Sheffield Residents
  • To get you out of the house and into your local greenspaces
  • To encourage you to meet new people and catch up with old friends
  • To show you the wonderful scenery Sheffield has to offer

Why walking is good for your health

  • Walking gets your heart and lungs working well together
  • Walking lowers your blood pressure and helps keep your weight down
  • Walking outside in the fresh air is great for your mood
  • And of course walking is completely FREE!

Inclusivity

We're proud that our walks cater for everyone. Many of them are wheelchair friendly and most groups offer walks at different paces to make sure that everyone travels at a speed that is comfortable for them whatever their age or level of fitness. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome on all of our walks. Well behaved dogs are also welcome on some of our walks. Please look at our programme or contact us via email or our help line to find out more. 

We're award winning!

Step out Sheffield won the  "Innovation" award at the Ramblers national award ceremony in May 2017! Our scheme coordinator, Dr. Sue Lee, was presented with the award by the Ramblers Chairman, Des Garrahan. We're very proud of this award, all the more because we secured it only 18 months after we became volunteer led.

 

        

Funding

In April 2016 Sheffield City Council was no longer able to fund the employee whose job it was to co-ordinate the 160 volunteers who lead these walks. However, this didn't stop us! Staff at Walking for Health helped us put systems in place to ensure that walks continued and we got some very generous set-up grant awards from the following organisations to help us on our way. 

  • Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust
  • Sheffield Town Trust
  • The Harry Bottom Charitable Trust
  • South Yorkshire Community Foundation
  • The Freshgate Trust Foundation

We also secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to help cover our operational costs in 2017.   

Our walks are free, fun, friendly and run every week (including school holidays!) – perfect to help you get active and meet new people. If you’d like to take part, all you have to do is come along to the start point of one of our walks a few minutes early, so that one of our trained walk leaders can take your details. Then you’re free to take part in as many walks as you like, as often as you like.    

If you want to know more before you start, just get in touch via the "Contact us" tab at the bottom of the home page menu, call us on 075 0563 9524 or email us on steppingoutinsheffield@gmail.com.

 







  • Walking Works

    Walking works, and we have the proof! The Ramblers, who run Walking for Health, have launched Walking Works, an extensive overview of the mounting research into the life threatening consequences of inactivity, which concludes that walking is the answer.
     
    Click on  the "Ramblers Walking for Health" logo to access the national web site.


Health Walks
Why Walk?

Waking is truly accessible - almost everyone can do it anywhere and at any time. It won't cost you anything, and you don't need any fancy equipment to hit the pavement

If you still need convincing, here are a few positive things that walking can do for your health.

Help your heart and lungs work better.
Lower your blood pressure.
Keep your weight down.
Lighten your mood.
Keep your joints, muscles and bones strong.
Increase 'good' cholesterol.


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