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Weekly Walking Groups

Why Join a Weekly Walking Group?

Regular walking is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your physical and mental well-being.

On this page: How to find people to walk with in your local area…

About The Canhike Walking Group

If you are in Canberra, enjoy walking with a group that prides itself in promoting cultural diversity and social harmony through hiking and other outdoor activities… CanHike is the group for you.

Canhike Mingle Walking Calendar

Like to join our Intercultural Walking Group in Canberra?

Have a look at the walks we have planned and if you’d like to come, start by filling in the CanHike Mingle Walk expression of interest form.

CanHike Walking Group Stories

We all enjoy the social aspects of walking and there are many places to walk around Canberra and the ACT.

Meet some of our walkers and discover what it’s like to walk with us.

Regular walking can help you cope with stress, anxiety, and depression by releasing endorphins, the feel-good hormones.

Nature walks can enhance your mood, self-esteem, and creativity, while also building muscle strength and decreasing the chance of chronic diseases. 

But if you truly want to give your mental wellbeing a boost, walking in a social group can take your experience to the next level.

When you join a walking group, you can meet and bond with others who also appreciate walking and spending time outside.

It can also expose you to many environments, cultures, and different perspectives that can enhance your life.

Getting involved with a regular walking group can also have the benefit of helping to motivate each other to keep going and explore unknown places together.

So how can you find a local walking group?

Walking with others can make your walks more fun, social, and rewarding. So don’t hesitate to reach out and find your walking buddies. You’ll be glad you did!

If you are in Canberra, (home of the Aussie Peace Walk MarchMingle), there are many social hiking and outdoor walking groups to choose from.


We are very fond of the CanHike Weekly Mingle.

CanHike is an intercultural walking group that values cultural diversity and social harmony. Except in exceptional circumstances, there’s a CanHike Mingle walk in the ACT every week. You’ll find the CanHike walking calendar here.

CanHike Mingle Walkers

Walking For Pleasure

Canberra’s oldest walking group (established in 1975), Walking For Pleasure has roughly 350 members.

Most of their walks are mid-week and some walks attract 30 to 40 walkers.

Many members of this group can be seen volunteering at the Aussie Peace Walk each year.

Find out more about the Walking For Pleasure Walking Group

Walking for pleasure picnic

ANU Mountaineering Club

Affiliated with the Australian National University, the ANU Mountaineering Club formed in 1967 from a merger of the ANU Bushwalking, Rockclimbing and Canoe Clubs.

It is Canberra’s largest and most active outdoor club running hundreds of activities each year. The club offers  hiking, climbing, kayaking, skiing and more. The club also has a gear store where you can borrow or buy equipment.

You can find out more on the club’s website.

kayak anu

3 More Places to Find Walking Groups

  1. Check out online platforms like Meetup or Facebook and search for existing walking groups near you or you can create your own. There are many walking Meetup walking groups, including dog walking groups.
  2. Ask your friends, family, neighbours, or coworkers if they want to join you for a walk. You can invite them to a specific time and place or set up a recurring schedule.
  3. Join a walking challenge or a charity walk that raises money for a charitable cause like the Aussie Peace Walk MarchMingle. You can sign up as an individual or as a team and meet other walkers who support the same cause.
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