Walking in North Lincolnshire

Group of men and women walking in woodland with a walk leader

Walking the Way to Health

The Walking the Way to Health Initiative features led walks across North Lincolnshire. All led walks are free and most range from one to three miles in distance.

Regular walking can help improve your:

  • confidence
  • stamina
  • energy levels
  • weight control
  • immune system
  • life expectancy

Walking can also help to reduce the risk of:

  • strokes
  • high blood pressure
  • stress and anxiety
  • coronary heart disease
  • bowel cancer
  • arthritis
  • poor sleep patterns

All of the walks are led and supported by at least two trained walk leaders, (one with first aid equipment). Everybody is welcome to join any of the walks. There is no need to book prior to your walk. Simply turn up on the day and find one of the walk leaders (they will be wearing a high visibility vest).

  • Please wear comfortable shoes with grip and be aware that some walks may be muddy in places. It is also advisable to bring a drink with you, particularly in warmer weather
  • Please consider residents and other road users when parking and allow adequate room for farming vehicles. Please do not park on verges, block driveways and always consider the Highway Code when parking
  • Assistance dogs are welcome on walks.
  • In severe weather conditions, walks may be cancelled. Please call 07717 586380 before 9.30am on the day of the walk if you are in any doubt that a walk will be taking place.
  • If you are attending for the first time, please arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than the noted start time to complete a short registration form.

View the complete list of  Walking the way to health Autumn 2023 [PDF, 3Mb] and or search in the interactive table below. Additional information is also available on the Visit North Lincolnshire website.

Finding a walk to suit you

Walks in North Lincolnshire take in the mysterious and breath-taking; from historic airfields to a 12th Century Abbey.  No matter who you are, you can be sure to find a walk to suit any ability or age.

All of our upcoming walks are listed below. If you click on the title of the walk, a map showing the starting location and details will appear below the table.

Walking the Way to Health Testimonials

The walks are now becoming very popular, with some getting attendances of over 60!

Don’t just take our word for it, see what some of our walkers have to say about the Led Health Walks:

Group of friends walking in woodland

Large group walking through a field

Woman leading a walking group

”Great scheme, friendly atmosphere, nice people”

”An enjoyable outing, promoting a healthier lifestyle with leadership and companionship, very worthwhile”

”Nice walks, nice people, nice morning out (and good for my health). A good selection of different people, all working together for a different purpose, no one left out”

”It is a pleasure to be walking again with a pleasant group of people who all have something in common – the pleasure of walking!”

”The Walk Leaders make the the walks as interesting as possible. They are also very considerate. It really is like one large family going for a walk plus a chat and a ‘bun and coffee’ at the end – this also brings walkers closer together”

”I have been on three walks in the last two weeks. I find the walks excellent, the leaders very good and everyone is friendly”

”My son rings every night from Cyprus and I rarely have anything interesting to say. I can’t wait to tell him about my walk in the woods. He’ll be so pleased!”

“Whenever I come over to Lincolnshire from my home in America I join the walks , the people are so friendly and the countryside is so beautiful “

“I have made over 100 new friends since I joined the walks and I didn’t know any of these people before “

Walk Leader training

Would you like to become a Volunteer Walk Leader? Free training and support is available.

What makes a good volunteer walk leader?

  • observant – being able to recognise / report any risks or hazards
  • enthusiastic – have an understanding of the Walking the Way to Health Scheme and the associated health benefits of walking
  • punctual and reliable
  • patient – this is particularly important for back marker walk leaders who need to motivate the slower walkers
  • good organisational skills
  • good communicational skills
  • approachable.

If you are interested in the walk leader training, please contact walking@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297631

Walking and cycling routes

There are plenty of opportunities for the keen walker to enjoy North Lincolnshire’s lush and varied countryside, from the rolling chalk of the Lincolnshire Wolds to the tranquil Ancholme Valley.

The Viking Way

The Viking Way is a 147-mile-long walking route that begins at the Humber Bridge and travels through the magnificent landscapes of North Lincolnshire, before continuing through Greater Lincolnshire to Rutland.

For more information go to the Visit Lincolnshire website.


The Ramblers is Britain’s largest walking charity with 38,000 led walks every year. The Scunthorpe Group walk locally every Wednesday and Sunday and organise coach trips, walking holidays and social events.

For more information visit the Ramblers website.

Ancholme Valley Way

The Ancholme Valley Way is a multi-user path that runs along the River Ancholme and will eventually link Brigg to South Ferriby.

Read further details on the Ancholme Valley Way webpage.

Stainforth and Keadby canal multi-user path

North Lincolnshire Council has entered into an agreement with the Canal and River Trust to develop proposals to introduce a multi-user path along the Stainforth and Keadby Canal as part of a £500,000 scheme to link Crowle to Scunthorpe.

The towpath improvements will provide new, sustainable routes to employment for the residents of the Isle of Axholme. It will also increase the number of people accessing the Isle for health and leisure.

Read more information on the Stainforth and Keadby canal page.

Parent and child looking at wild flowers

What is Live Well North Lincolnshire?

Live Well North Lincolnshire is an online information hub to help you to find a wide range of organisations, support groups, community groups, events and activities to support you to live your best life.

Most of the information in the directory is local, and in addition, there is information about other organisations which may not based locally but can support people living and working in North Lincolnshire.

Live Well is a community tool that is completely free to use and is continuously being developed.