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To keep talking, start walking!

England is in a lockdown, but you can still meet with one other person in a public outdoor space.

Fresh air and a catch-up are great for your mind and body. To help you get started, scroll down for information about walking in Stockton-on-Tees.

Where should I walk?

Stockton has a range of nice parks and green spaces to enjoy, as well as a great network of walking paths throughout the borough. Follow the links for more info:

Our route map library of 60 local walks

Parks and green spaces to enjoy

If you want to blaze your own trail, you can view all footpaths, bridleways and public rights of way on the Stockton walking and cycling map, split into North and South. Paper copies are available for free in the Stockton Active Travel Hub.

What are the rules?

Updated 5/1/2021

You can go outside to walk once per day, for as long as you like, within your local area.

You can meet with someone from outside of your household in any public outdoor spaces such as parks, beaches, and countryside. You need to stay 2 metres apart when doing this.

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable or were previously advised to shield, then it’s still important to go outside for exercise, but try to avoid places which are likely to have lots of people. Other than for exercise, try to stay at home as much as possible.

What do I need?

Take your phone with you in case anything goes wrong, and some water if you’ll be out for more than an hour or two.

If you’re walking on paths or in parks then you shouldn’t need any special footwear – comfy shoes or trainers are fine. A warm coat is really important in the winter, and a hat and gloves are great when it’s cold or windy. A waterproof jacket makes all the difference on rainy days too.

Why walk?

It’s the easiest and most accessible form of exercise, and it’s free.

Light exercise and time spent outdoors is a great way to clear your mind, relieve stress and feel better about yourself.

Currently the only way to see people you don’t live with is to meet them outdoors. You would get a bit chilly standing around, so walking is the way to go!

It’s great for your physical health. There are many variables, but if you walk for an hour you should expect to burn over 200 calories. Regular walking can also strengthen your heart, lower blood sugar levels, ease joint pain, boost your immune system and improve sleep.

How far can I go?

The average person in the UK walks only half a mile per day, but most healthy people should be able to walk 5 miles (8km) in 2 hours without an issue. If you are older or have health issues then this will be lower. Your best bet is to start small; walk for half an hour and see how you feel, and then go from there!