Walk4Life is a free walking website created by Walk England, funded by the BIG Lottery, the Department of Health and the Department of Transport. It is part of the Change4Life campaign, encouraging people to improve their health by walking more often.
With over 12,000 walks plotted on the website, people can use it to find local walks as well as to map their own routes. It is easy (and free!) to print and share walks too – using the popular OS map base, which also measures the walk length for you
For people who are just building up their confidence about how far they can walk, some routes are just 1 mile long. These easy walks are circular or linear and are known as ‘Walk4Life Miles’. There will be 2,012 of these Miles all over the country by next year, and they will be promoted as ‘Olympics Inspired’ routes by London 2012.
Walkers can also join a walking group on the Walk4Life site, or set up a walking group of their own. As part of a group they can get involved in the walking challenges on the site, some of which help raise funds for charity. There’s even a ‘track your progress’ function so that walkers can set themselves targets and watch their miles add up.