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Exercise & The Great Outdoors

Places to Visit

North Yorkshire and Ryedale are home to some of the most beautiful scenery the UK has to offer. Check out the websites below for locations you need to see:


Whilst walking is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, perhaps its greatest benefit is the positive impact it can have on your mental health. Below are some links for walking routes, challenges, and even groups:


If you crave something more challenging than walking, running may be the activity for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never run before… there are programmes out there for people of all abilities.

Getting started:

Running events:

Running Clubs:


Cycling is often viewed as a happy medium between walking and running, allowing participants to slowly increase their level of activity without it being too intensifying. As most people can cycle further than they can walk or run, it is a great way of taking in a lot of the scenery Ryedale has to offer. The following websites have some excellent cycling routes:

Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre

Kirkham Henry host a range of dance sessions for various groups:

  • Dancing for the Blind and Visually Impaired (followed by refreshments) - Mondays 11:45am - 12:45pm

  • Dancing for Parkinson's, Dementia, Neurological and Limited Mobility (followed by refreshments) - 1:30 - 2:30pm

  • Adult Tap Classes - Monday 2-3pm & 7-8pm

  • Adult Ballet Classes - Tuesday 7-8pm

  • Silver Swans Ballet (55+) - Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm

  • Golden Gliders Dance Exercise - Tuesday 10-11am & 11am-12pm. 

For more information head over to the Kirkham Henry website or call 01653 693310

Exercise at Home/ light exercise

If you’d prefer to exercise in the comfort of your home, don’t worry… we’ve got you covered! Check out the website below on how to get started:



We all know the endless benefits of reading, such as improved cognitive ability, reduced stress, and sleep readiness. However, reading is also fun! In and around Ryedale there are several libraries with a vast array of books. They also provide an online service so you don’t even have to leave the house! Check them out below:

Learn something knew

NYCC Adult Learning and Skills Service have a range of courses (some free) that can be completed online. Click here to find a course. 

Other hobbies

Below are some other useful websites:

Community Groups

North Yorkshire Youth have put together an excellent guide that lists clubs and activities that young people can access in Ryedale. You can access it here.

Musical Memories is a social enterprise providing fun social singing sessions for older people in rural communities in North Yorkshire. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00 am they will be singing a couple of songs and having a chat with you and if you have access to a computer, laptop, and smartphone or tablet you’ll be able to join.
Tel: 07527 006402

The North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre aims to play a growing role in the life and well-being of the community through its work with individuals and groups, and to provide the local area with a significant resource.

We provide music therapy and group music sessions both in our own premises and across the region. Our Centre, the Byre, provides a calm welcoming space where people can meet in a safe environment, experience the power of music and, through exploration and self-expression, encourage people to achieve their own personal goals. We

have several new groups starting and would love to welcome you.

  • The Sunshine Singers – a dementia friendly singing group. Free, weekly sessions on a Wednesday morning between 10am-12pm at The Byre, Wath Court. Hovingham YO62 4NN (Starting 8th March

  • Groove and Grow - Free, weekly inclusive sessions for children aged 0-4 and their parents/carers. 16 weekly sessions on Monday mornings between 10.30-11.15am at Spark: York CIC. YO1 9PB. (Starting 27th February). Term time only.

  • Songmates – an inclusive singing group to support well-being and mental health. Free weekly sessions at Next Steps, 7 Church Street, Norton. Starts at 10.30am every Friday.

  • Beat it! – drumming sessions for men’s mental health. Free, fortnightly sessions. Thursday mornings at The Byre, Hovingham. 10.30am.

Tel: 01653 628725


Ryedale Voices is a choir run by Alison Davis of Harmonia and conducted by Richard Kay, Musical Director of the Sound Fellows from York. Their sessions are a great way of meeting new people and avoiding isolation. For more info please contact Alison:
Tel: 07789 695165

Next Steps host a range of therapeutic activities around Ryedale, although primarily from their resource centre and community café in Norton on Derwent, Malton. The centre provides a hub of information, advice and guidance, opportunities to socialise or just to relax in a safe, supportive environment. Below are some of the groups and activities:

  • Evening Social Groups

  • Art Group

  • Men in Sheds

  • Walking Group

  • Music Therapy

  • Craft Groups

  • Gardening

  • Healthy Eating and Cookery Skills

Tel: 01653 690 854

A social group for people living with dementia and those who care for them, every Friday. Come along for refreshments, good company, activities and support. 

Tel: 03300 578592

Middleton & Aislaby Village Hall, 1-3pm

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