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Walking

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough is 60% rural meaning we are very fortunate to have some beautiful countryside and parks right on our doorstep, in and around the villages and towns. From Bagworth Woods to Hollycroft Park, Burbage Common to Bosworth Battlefield there are many places to explore.

Walking is simple, free and suitable for people of all ages and most abilities, making it one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. See the table at the bottom of the page for details of all our local walks.

The health benefits of walking on a regular basis

  • Stengthens your heart
  • Lowers risk of disease
  • Give you more energy and make you feel better
  • Help to manage your weight
  • Reduce stress, helping you to sleep better
  • Help to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints

Get Going!

Begin slowly and gradually increase how much walking you do. Build walking into your daily routine so that it becomes a habit – that way it will be easier to keep it up. Below are some ideas to help you get started.

  • Walk to work. Or if you're journey is too long to walk the whole distance, park further away and walk part of your journey
  • Walk to the shops instead of driving
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift
  • Go for a walk in your lunch break with a colleague
  • Instead of going to a cafe to catch up with a friend, get a take away drink and go for a walk
  • Walk the kids to school
  • Get off the bus two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way
  • Organise a walk for the whole family, even if its just a short one after dinner
  • Set yourself challenges or a goal such as aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day - using a pedometer is a cheap and fun way to monitor this.

Keep Motivated

Once you have incorporated walking into your daily routine, there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself motivated.

  • Explore the UK and other Countries on foot - hill walking, coastal/beach walks, woodland walks
  • Try Orienteering - look out for local Xplorer challenges that are suitable for the whole family or look into joining a local club
  • Join a local walking group - Through the Active Together team we are keen for people to explore more about the walking opportunities we have across the borough. Regular led-walks are supported by a very active volunteering community. Qualified walk leaders create a safe and friendly environment for people to meet regularly.

Walking Groups Across the Borough

Where

When

Meet

Additional Info

Barwell
(Health Walk)

Friday
10am

Barwell Methodist Chruch,
Chapel Lane,
Barwell

short walk around barwell,
refreshments provided

Barlestone

Wednesday

Barlestone Elohim Hub

ONLY DURING JULY
Contact Rodger- 01455822381

Desford

Monday Morning

ONLY DURING MAY AND AUGUST
Contact Rodger- 01455822381

Desford (Village Walk)

3rd Sunday of the month
2.30pm

Desford Library

Earl Shilton
(Health Walk)

Tuesday
10am

Earl Shilton Methodsit Church

1,455,255,678

Groby
(Health Walk)

Thursday
10am

Groby Village Hall

Hinckley

Tuesday
10.30am

Argents Mead Bandstand

1,455,255,678

(Health Walk)

Wednesday
10.15am

Burbage Common and
Woods Visitor Centre,
Leicester Road,
Hinckley

walk covers uneven ground. food and drink available at
visitors centre
01455255678

Market Bosworth
(Health Walk)

Tuesday
10am

Rectory lane Car Park,
Market Bosworth

short walk around Bosworth. refreshments available.

Bosworth Battlefield

Sunday
11am

Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre

guided 2km walk and hear the history of the battle of bosworth. PLEASE NOTE there is a charge of £3 adult, £2 Concessions, Families £8 (2+2) or £5 (1+2)

Markfield

Wednesday
2.15pm

Markfield Community Centre,
Mayflower Close, Markfield

*Newbold Verdon

Wednesday

Newbold Verdon Library

ONLY IN JUNE
Contact Rodger- 01455822381

Ratby

Thursday
10.30am

Bulls Head Pub

Dogs allowed on lead. walks no more than 2.5 miles

For more information on our local walks, please contact the Health and Recreation Manager Graeme Chilvers.

Graeme Chilvers

Health and Recreation Manager

Telephone
01455 255678