Step out Sheffield


Corona Virus Update (posted 9.7.20)
As lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted people are wondering if and when the weekly Step Out Sheffield walks might become available again.
The short answer is that, for safety reasons, we don't anticipate re-launching our walks anytime soon. All but one of our walks meet in a public space such as a library, cafe, leisure centre or community hall. Some of these are unlikely to reopen for some time. Furthermore, most of our walkers and a majority of our volunteer leaders have age or health factors that put them of increased risk of severe infection.
We'll get our walks up and running as soon as it is safe to do so and will post on our website as soon  as we have a start date. In the meantime we hope you have been taking the Government advice to incorporate a daily walk into your routine and recommend that you boost the health benefits this provides by walking, at a safe distance, with a friend. We are so lucky in Sheffield to have so many green spaces and parks to walk in!
We'll look forward to walking with you again as soon as we can.   

Original Coronavirus notice (posted 17.3.20)
  • The volunteers who administrate Step Out Sheffield have advised all their volunteers that, until there is a government announcement lifting the restrictions on social contact, our weekly Step Out Sheffield walks at ALL 28 venues will cease with immediate effect and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • We are aware that many of our walkers are already socially isolated and plan to take steps to keep in touch with them.
  • We sincerely hope that this course of action will help keep all our walkers and volunteers safe over the next weeks and months. 
  • We'll be back as soon as we safely can.
  • If in the meantime you would like to get in touch with us please phone the Step Out Sheffield helpline on 075 0563 9524 or email Thank you
  • Sue Lee
  • On behalf of the Step Out Sheffield management committee

Step Out Sheffield

 We are a completely voluntary group who organise walks at 28 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  

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!


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.




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


  • 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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