Walkin' East Lothian
About Walkin' East Lothian
Walkin' East Lothian is a Community Wellbeing project which aims to encourage more people to walk using recognised, established pathways.
Walking is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. All that you'll need is a good pair of shoes, and you can start off slowly, gradually building up as your level of fitness improves.
The benefits of walking
Being active makes the body function more efficiently. Walking for just 30 minutes a day can help to:
- lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis
- reduce your weight
- reduce your blood pressure
- reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
- give you more energy
- help you to sleep better
- reduce stress
- make you feel good about yourself (fitter, toned, self confident)
How often should I be active?
You should aim to build up to 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days. There are lots of ways that you can get more walking into your daily routine, including:
- walking to the local shops or post box
- climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift
- walking the children to school
- taking a walk in your lunch hour
- walking to relax with friends
Why not join one of our local walking groups and walk in pleasant surroundings in the company of others?
- Local Town Walks take up to one hour using local path networks
- Next Steps Walks last two hours and are graded for difficulty (grades are listed in our programmes)
- Independent walkers can send for a pack full of useful information about walks in East Lothian
There are walks to suit most abilities; two volunteer leaders take up the front and rear at every walk, meaning you can go at a pace that suits you. We then usually finish off with a tea or a coffee.
You can find our current programmes in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page.