Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active. There are so many ways that you can use walking in your everyday life. Whether you’re walking to pick the kids up, or off for your daily exercise, a good brisk walk has lots of health benefits.

Walking is great if you are new to being active. It’s free! You don’t need fancy equipment or a membership to take part. You can do it on your own, with a friend or one of the many friendly groups out there. Just make sure you’ve got a pair of comfy trainers or shoes and off you go.

Find more information on walking for health on the NHS website.

In Barnsley we have a range of fantastic places to walk, from countryside footpaths bordering the Peak District, to multi-user trails like the Trans Pennine Trail. There are paths through woodlands, parkland, reservoir trails and nature reserves. There's something to suit everyone so just pick a route or find a group.

Barnsley Walking Festival 2022

The Barnsley Walking Festival 2022 is an opportunity for people to be active and walk more in May by joining in with a programme of organised walking activities, from friendly walking groups to walking sports. 

Find out more about Barnsley Walking Festival 2022


Where to walk

If you're thinking about getting your walking boots on you can find some local walks on the following websites:

You can also look for local public rights of way on the Council’s website and map your own walking route.

Walking Groups

There are groups across the borough running regular walks for fun and fitness. These are often organised by community groups or charities.

    • Walk Well Barnsley
      Walk Well is a Walking for Health scheme which runs a programme of led walks to suit all ages and abilities. All walks are free and people with long-term health conditions are particularly encouraged to join at their own pace. 

    • U3A Barnsley
      U3A Barnsley provides activities and opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together. Part of the national movement Barnsley U3A currently has over 130 groups including a wide range of walking groups.

    • The Ramblers
      The Rambles walking groups help local people enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. Most groups organise regular walks led by local experts – a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness.

    • Live Well
      Live Well can be used to find more local walking groups and by found by search for 'walking' on the Live Well Barnsley website. 


Places to walk