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Walking is a great way to have time to yourself and gives you more energy to do the things you enjoy in life. In the working day it can also help you to unwind and make plans and avoid the stress of traffic jams.

May is the National Walking Month and to encourage staff and students to increase walking during the month and beyond, the University is promoting the Living Streets #Try20 tips. Why not sign up and rate your walk.

A timetable of planned walks can be seen below.





Monday 21st May

A walk around the Tees Barrage, led by Perri Anderson.

No need to book - just turn up

12:15–13:00 (45 minutes)

Meet at the Sports Centre

Reception, Queen’s Campus

Monday 21st May

A History walk in Durham, led by David Shotten, from Lower Mountjoy to Maiden Castle.

No need to book - just turn up


(50 minutes)

Meet outside the entrance

to the Bill Bryson Library

Tuesday 22nd May

A walk around the Tees Barrage, led by Perri Anderson.

No need to book - just turn up

(45 minutes)

Meet at the Sports Centre,

Reception, Queen’s Campus

Wednesday 23rd May

Why not take a self-guided walk around Botanic Garden.

Thursday 24th May

Meet the Living Streets Team to find out more tips on walking.

Meet the Air Quality Team from Durham County Council

11:30-14:00 Calman Learning Centre Cafe


24th May

Why not take the Hay Meadow self-guided walk?


25th May

Walk to the Wicker Man, Low Burnhall Woods, led by Mike Hughes, Head Gardener.

Please note sturdy footwear required.

No need to book - just turn up


(1 hour)

Meet at the main Visitor Centre,

Botanic Garden

The University is also running its own 'walk week' to promote guided and local walks available including self-guided walks around the Botanic Garden and the Hay Meadow walk. Why not join a guided walk to either the Wicker Man at Low Burnhall Wood in Durham or a walk along the River Tees from Queen's Campus, Stockton.

Guided and self-guided walks available around the Durham and Stockton areas were promoted for those unable to joing the organised walks.

Did you know that .....

  • You can burn an extra 50 caloiries per hour by standing rather than being seated - so let's get moving
  • Short walks every day has the potential to increase productivity by up to 30%?
  • When you take a step, you are using up to 200 muscles?
  • Walking one mile can burn up to 100 Calories of energy and walking two miles a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound every three weeks?
  • People who are active have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood presure, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression (WHO, 2001).

Walk Your Way to Health

Did you know that walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) can give you a healthy heart and reduce your body fat? Think this sounds a lot to achieve in one day? You will be surprised. Watch the short video clip on the NHS web site 'The 10,000 steps challenge' to show how easily this can be done.

Going Green!

Walking is also quite simply the most environmentally-friendly way of getting from a to b. It requires no fossil fuels, emits no air pollution, and is generally a pretty quiet way of getting about. For more information visit the 'walkit' website.

Why not join a local walk


There are a number of local walks taking place in Stockton of varying degrees. If you would like to know more about the walks in your area please visit the Stockton 'Stepping Out' website for information about walking and their leaflet listing all the walks due to take place.


There are many events taking place in Durham and a list of guided walks in the Durham area and further information is available.