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Walking with a club

Over 2.7 million walkers carry out their favourite past time as members of walking organisation that are affiliated to the European Ramblers Association ERA, or within local clubs that are part of an ERA member association. 


What’s the advantage?

Whichever association or club you choose you will get to enjoy

  • Taking part in guided walks. These are led by experienced and/or qualified leaders, who take part in training and up-skilling programmes. They can offer the highest safety standards (knowledge of the route, judging the level of fitness within the group) and are also able to give information about the landscape, culture and ecology (see also Part 3 „Training opportunities“ the chapter „Competencies list / Training framework “).
  • Social contact with many likeminded walkers
  • Taking part in activities tailored to your needs like walking close to your own area, fitness or strenuous walking, Walking holidays, Long distance walking, or Nordic walking.


Specific activities

Depending on your walking organisation or walking club, there are different activities on offer e.g.

  • Fitness training, like Nordic Walking
  • Youth specific activities like youth camps, long distance walks, and other programmes
  • Walking for and with disabled persons


Walking for health

Walking for health is the answer if you

  • want to stay fit through light but regular activity
  • have health problems, but want to keep actively mobile with an appropriate activity 
  • want to get back into walking