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WalkingWalking in the Lake District - doorstep walks

Walking is a great form of physical activity which can enable you to improve your health and fitness. Physical activity positively contributes to the prevention and management of over 20 chronic diseases and conditions including coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health and obesity. Therefore, people across Allerdale are being encouraged to get out and about in their area and walk their way to better health. And with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, with the Lake District in the south and the coastline stretching to the north, this is an ideal place to get out and about and stay healthy.

Doorstep walks

Allerdale Borough Council is helping to make it as easy as possible for people to get fit and healthy through walking. Specially designed ‘doorstep walk’ guides have been created which suggest simple walking routes in each of the towns in the borough. All the suggested walking routes are are easily accessible and follow good footpaths. The aim is to encourage people to do at least 150 minutes of gentle exercise per week to improve tDoorstep walks coverheir overall health.

The walks vary in length and difficulty (although none are too difficult!), depending on your health and fitness levels. The shortest and easiest walk is St Michael's Churchyard in Workington which is 0.8km (0.5 miles) and will take approximately 7.5-15 minutes to complete. The longest and slightly more difficult walks are Salterbeck Shore and Furness Gill, Flimby, both of which are 2.4km (1.5 miles) and will take approximately 20-45 minutes to complete. 

Printable versions of all the walks are below.

Walking 4 Health - join a group!

Walking groups bring like minded people together who want to walk their first steps to improve their health and achieve their 150 minutes of physcial activity each week but maybe don’t have the confidence to do it on their own or don't know where to go.

Whatever your motive, you can walk at your own pace. Remember to take a drink with you!

Please visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk for more details on all walking groups, there are currently schemes running from Cockermouth and Caldbeck.
 
Once you have tried those walks and are now confident in your walking, you might want to try some different routes in the area. If so, take a look at one of the sites at the bottom of the page to find out where you can go!

Information regarding rights of public access is available on our public rights of way page. Visit our tourism pages for the latest information on what to do, where to go and where to stay to make the most out of Allerdale and it's countryside.

Also see lake-district.gov.uk for more information about the Lake District National Park.

Downloadable Documents

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File nameSizeApproximate Download time
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerMaryport Harbour in PDF format338 Kb48 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerFlimby in PDF format373 Kb53 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerVulcan Park, Workington in PDF format2638 Kb6 mins 17 secs @ 56k, 11 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerHarrington Nature Reserve in PDF format479 Kb1 min 8 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerDoorstep walk cover in PDF format473 Kb1 min 8 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerMaryport Promenade in PDF format2437 Kb5 mins 48 secs @ 56k, 10 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSalterbeck Shore in PDF format4156 Kb9 mins 54 secs @ 56k, 17 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSt. Michaels Church, Workington in PDF format344 Kb49 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCurwen Park, Workington in PDF format1950 Kb4 mins 39 secs @ 56k, 8 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerAspatria doorstep walks x 2 in PDF format2275 Kb5 mins 25 secs @ 56k, 9 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCockermouth doorstep walks x 2 in PDF format2231 Kb5 mins 19 secs @ 56k, 9 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerKeswick doorstep walks x 2 in PDF format2619 Kb6 mins 14 secs @ 56k, 11 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSilloth doorstep walks x 2 in PDF format2390 Kb5 mins 41 secs @ 56k, 10 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerWigton doorstep walks x 2 in PDF format1862 Kb4 mins 26 secs @ 56k, 8 secs @ 2mb

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