Walking in later life

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.

Walking and coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are two levels of higher risk: ‘high risk’ and ‘very high risk’ (also called extremely vulnerable).

People at ‘high risk’ includes people who are 70 or older. It’s very important that you follow the advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus. This means you should only leave your home if it's essential. You can still leave the home for exercise once a day but should maintain at least two metres distance from others.

If you’re at a ‘very high risk’ from coronavirus, you should have received a letter from the NHS advising you to take extra steps to protect yourself. This includes not leaving your home for any reason (also called shielding).

Whatever your situation, it remains important to stay active. Check out the links for exercises you can do in the home.

Our #WalkingFromHome blogs below and full of inspiration and advice to help you stay active. 

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Our work with older adults

Streets Apart - London

Streets Apart London

                                                      We're looking for volunteers to take part in our award-winning Streets Apart project, which is being extended into Havering and Barking & Dagenham.

Streets Apart - London

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

#WalkingFromHome: Sheila Wall

Sheila is 86 years old, and has been out and about for walks in her local area during National Walking Month

#WalkingFromHome: Rita Moore

Rita has been going on daily walks during lockdown. The amazing health improvements she is seeing are proof that walking really is a miracle…

#WalkingFromHome: Older People

What can older people do this National Walking Month to keep walking, keep active and keep well?

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