Portsmouth walking opportunities

Healthy Walks

Walking is good for you. Building walking into your daily routine can help those with conditions like diabetes and heart disease; its many health benefits can include helping to reduce high blood pressure and increasing bone density.

Portsmouth HF Rambling Club organises walks for its members every Sunday and on bank holidays. The walks vary between six to ten miles. If you’d like to get involved, visit the club’s website. It costs £6 a year to join, but you can try up to three walks first to see whether it’s for you. 

You can also take part in a range of healthy walks around Portsmouth, which are led by volunteers and run throughout the week. From the seafront to Stamshaw foreshore and Farlington marshes, the walks take in different areas of Portsmouth, are wheelchair and buggy friendly and are open to anyone who would like to take part. For more information visit the Council’s website.

Friends of the Earth

Portsmouth Friend's of the Earth (FOTE) work to improve the environment locally, nationally and internationally. They organise regular urban hikes in the city; for more information click here.

Walking To School

Portsmouth has the highest walk to school rate in the country with over 70% of children walking to school every day.

Walking is healthy, economical and fun. It gives your children the chance to develop their road skills, and walking in numbers adds to everyone’s safety.

Benefits of walking to school:

  • Keep fit.
  • Teach your children road safety skills.
  • Less stressful than looking for safe parking spaces.
  • Find out more about the local environment.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Save money on fuel and parking.
  • Time to talk to your child and other people.
  • Less cars on the road at peak times means the roads are safer for everyone.

Portsmouth City Council helps local infant and junior schools to run the Walk to School month campaign and delivers road safety education in schools such as child pedestrian training, independent journeys and Bikeability cycle training.