Durham University



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 was the National Walking Month and to encourage staff and students to increase walking during the month and beyond, the University promoted the Living Streets #Try20 tips.

The University also ran its own 'walk week' to promote guided and local walks including self-guided walks around the Botanic Garden and the Hay Meadow walk, which are set out in the timetable below.





Wednesday 8th May

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


Calman Learning Centre, Lower Mountjoy, Durham

Monday 13th 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


Meet at the main Visitor Centre,

Botanic Garden

Tuesday 14th May

Food and fitness themed led walks


Meet at the White Church pub, opposite Bill Bryson Library. You must register to attend either of the walks

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.