There are so many benefits of walking. It improves your wellbeing, gets you out in nature, and it's completely free. All you have to do is put some footwear on, get outside and take that first step.
Walking is a great way to explore where you live, discover new places and connect with others. Whether it's a short stroll to the shops or school, a wander through the woods, or just getting out on your lunch break, Doncaster has plenty of beautiful walks on offer.
Where to walk
A lot of Doncaster is rural and we've got plenty of areas with attractive landscapes and features, including limestone gorges, country parks and lowland moorland as well as a number of nationally important historic parks and gardens. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out some of these suggestions:
- Public rights of way
- The Trans Pennine Trail
- Doncaster Ramblers local walks
- Doncaster Ramblers map of walking routes
The British Heart Foundation have published a helpful list of free walking apps to plan your own route too.
Of course, you don't need to plan ahead, you can simply explore your local area from your doorstep and see what you can find - you might be surprised!
Join a walking group
There are a number of groups who get together to walk in and around Doncaster. Many people join walking groups not only to be active, but to make new friends along the way. There are walks and groups suited to all ages and ability.
Here are just a few Doncaster groups to get you started on your journey:
Doncaster Outsiders Walking Club
Doncaster Ramblers Wellbeing Walks
Weekend Wanderers in Doncaster
You can find information about community group led walks on our dedicated webpage, which lists when and where walks across Doncaster are scheduled to take place: Community group led walks
Walk Leader training
Community walks are reliant on residents volunteering to lead walks and Get Doncaster Moving are here to help residents to either set up or join existing walks as a leader. Being a Walk Leader can be rewarding, fun, and a great opportunity to meet people and socialise!
If you are interested in becoming a Walk Leader, there is plenty of support available. There's two types of training available, Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Walk Leader Training (training to become able to lead Ramblers Wellbeing Walks) and Community Walk Leader Training (training to become able to lead walks for community organisations). There is also a fantastic network of Walk Leaders keen to welcome, help and support new Leaders.
2023 Walk Leader Training dates
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Walk Leader Training:
- Monday 20th February 9am-12pm at Bentley Resource Centre, High Street, Bentley, DN5 0AA
- Thursday 11th May 1pm-4pm at Bentley Resource Centre, High Street, Bentley, DN5 0AA
- Tuesday 15th August 1pm-4pm at Bentley Resource Centre, High Street, Bentley, DN5 0AA
- Wednesday 8th November 9am-12am at Bentley Resource Centre, High Street, Bentley, DN5 0AA
Community Walk Leader Training:
- Tuesday 21st February 5pm-6pm online via MS Teams
- Tuesday 14th March 9am-10am online via MS Teams
- Monday 17th April 12pm-1pm online via MS Teams
- Friday 26th May 10am-11am online via MS Teams
- Wednesday 19th July 5pm-6pm online via MS Teams
- Monday 18th September 1pm-2pm online via MS Teams
- Tuesday 21st November 11am-12pm online via MS Teams
If you would like more information or to book a place please contact Marianne Turner on email@example.com, 07971 395978 or 01302 734484.
Leave only footprints and take only memories
Please respect our green spaces and local streets by picking up after yourself and your pets.
If you would like more information about community litter picking groups and how the Council works with communities to keep the borough clean and tidy, visit the This is My Doncaster page on the Doncaster Council website.
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