Where do you go every day, or every week? Do you regularly visit the shops, or a friend’s house, or the leisure centre for a swim or gym session? Perhaps it’s the church, mosque or synagogue, or the library. Perhaps the easiest way to build walking into your life is to walk a journey you’re making already.
What are the things that make you hesitant to walk a particular journey? Many older people have concerns about resting places along a route, or access to public toilets. You might also want to know about steps, and steep up or downhill sections.
Some online mapping tools can help with this information. On Google Maps, you can use the “street view” tool to virtually walk the route, as well as getting an estimate of how long it will take to walk. Openroute Service has a wheelchair route option and tells you what kind of surface the pavement has, as well as how steep it is.
Or you could do things the traditional way and ask friends, family and neighbours where there are benches and public toilets available!