- It's quick and reliable
- It's good for your health
- It makes a greener planet
- It's good for our economy
Taking a frequent walk is one of the most effective ways of improving your health.
Just 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can improve your physical health, increase your fitness and help manage your weight by burning off those excess calories. .
If 30 minutes exercise at one time is inconvenient, shorter bouts of 10-15 minutes exercise spread over the day can be just as good.
Walking is the ideal exercise to build into your daily routine and is easy to do. You could leave the car behind for a short journey or think about getting off the bus one or two stops earlier and walking to work or school.
You can download the Smarter Travel Walking Guide (PDF, 3.5MB) which has information on local routes, led walks, and lots of useful contacts in the borough. It also contains a full size version of the trails around Haringey map.
You can request print copies by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 020 8489 5351.
Better Haringey Trail
The Better Haringey Trail is a 12-mile borough-wide circular walk, joining places of interest and environmental importance. It gives residents and visitors a great opportunity to enjoy walking, and to explore different areas of Haringey. Visit the Better Haringey Trail page for the trail map and guide.
Around 41 routes to choose from at Walk London including the Lee Valley walk where you can join the walk at Tottenham and follow the river up to Waltham Abbey or down into Limehouse Basin. Find your walk on the Walk London website (external link).
Walk 4 Life
Find new routes, upload your own routes and record your progress on the Walk 4 Life website (external link). You can also use the website to find out about your local walking groups and take a charity challenge.
Join one of our regular local led walks. Walking as a group can be beneficial and more encouraging, giving you an opportunity to meet and chat with other people while you get fitter. These walks are led by trained leaders, download the Walking for Health 2016 Schedule (PDF, 147KB). You can find out more on our Active for Life page.
Walking for 20 minutes will use approximately 100 calories for someone weighing 62kg (9st 11lbs). And walking a mile in 20 minutes burns approximately the same amount of energy as:
- Running a mile in 10 minutes
- Swimming breast stoke for 10 minutes
- Doing aerobics for 16 minutes
- Playing football for 12 minutes
- Cycling for 16 minutes
- Weight training for 17 minutes…and walking is considerably easier to achieve
Walking is virtually injury-free and has the lowest drop-out rate of any form of exercise, making it a highly effective work-out.
For more information on walks in Haringey see the list of websites in the external links section below.
Please note: some of the attached files below are large, and so may take a while to download.
If you require travel information, please visit TfL's Journey Planner (external link) or call London travel information on 020 7222 1234.
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