Walking in later life

People in the UK are living longer. Making sure we can keep walking in later life is vital to ensuring we stay physically and socially active.

Walking combats loneliness and isolation by providing opportunities to stop and chat. Participation in regular organised walks provides regular physical and social activity for people who might otherwise be less active, and less socially engaged.

Living Streets helps older adults overcome barriers to walking, whether that’s damaged footways, a lack of resting places or inadequate crossings. We work with communities, local authorities and partners to identify the issues and create streets which are safe and welcoming for all ages.

Our walking projects promote healthier lifestyles and ensure people can stay active and connected with their communities in later life.

Streets Apart - London


Our Streets Apart project with Redbridge Borough Council improved the lives of older people in the local community.

Streets Apart report

Walking Connects - Scotland

Older adults


We’re working in partnership with older adults across Scotland to take action for safer, better streets for walking, and encouraging walking in later life.

Walking Connects in Scotland

Walking Friends Wales

Walking with older people


We’re looking for volunteers to join us for an exciting new project to help people over 50 be more active.

Walking Friends Wales

Sheffield Age Better

Age Better, Sheffield


Listen to the experiences of men and women who participated in a project Living Streets helped deliver in Sheffield.

Sheffield Age Better

Wythall Walking Friends

Walking Friends


An innovative project in the West Midlands has seen staff at a local company provide led walks for older people in the area. Watch our video.

Wythall Walking Friends

Even a few additional steps a day for the most sedentary can deliver vast mental and physical health benefits

Since April 2013 over 700 older adults have taken part in our walking projects.

And those small steps have had big outcomes, as these numbers reflect.

68%

Are more connected with their community.

70%

Feel less lonely or isolated.

76%

Feel fitter or healthier.

80%

Feel less stressed or anxious.

What you can do