Active Communities is a health initiative run by Buckinghamshire Council for wards in Aylesbury (Aylesbury north west) and Wycombe (Abbey; Booker; Cressex & Castlefield; West Wycombe) to encourage residents to sit less and move more, focusing on different elements of introducing movemen

Research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has detrimental effects on our long-term health and this is something we are keen to tackle. After just 20 minutes sitting our bodies start to slow which affects our muscles, blood flow and heart rate.

Dr. Jane O’Grady, Buckinghamshire Council’s Director of Public Health said: “This initiative is not about getting people to take up sport, go to the gym or to start running marathons. We are simply asking people not to sit for too long. Just this one, small change can have a really positive impact on health and wellbeing. Of course we still want to encourage people to be as active as possible and to eat healthily but for those who really struggle to get out for a walk or any other gentle form of exercise, this initiative encourages them with the knowledge that just by standing up more and sitting down less they are having a positive impact on their health and even the smallest amount of movement can help

Active Communities aims to help every member of the community to be a little more active particularly those who:

  • do not like or play sport
  • are not interested in physical activity
  • sit down for long periods
  • spend lengthy periods indoors
  • are unable to stand

Active Communities is about working together to improve the wellbeing of all.

Try one of our Active Park Walks

The Active Park Walks are community walks in parklands and residential areas across Wycombe and Aylesbury. To see how a short walk for health can go a long way and to get involved, visit

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Come and join the BIG Community walk in Aylesbury on July 21st

To celebrate Summer, a special walk combining two of Active Communities Active Park Walks has been created for everyone to enjoy.

Take the walk any time between 10am and 1pm on July 21st. It starts at Buckingham Park Community Centre in Jubilee Square and links the walks in Buckingham Park and the Riverside.

Before you start, there is free tea or coffee, a prize draw for adults and children plus a walk pack that includes a store voucher for local use and a map.

Take an Active Park Walk this Summer

Over the past year, we have tried to encourage residents in parts of Aylesbury and Wycombe to sit less, stand often and move as part of daily routine. As part of this initiative, Active Park Walks were created to encourage friends and family to be more active together

There’s an Active Park Walk near you

There are 5 Active Park Walks Wycombe and 4 in Aylesbury. Each has a display board and walk posts that carrying lots of health information about the benefits of gentle, regular movement to our physical and mental well-being such as burning calories, improving heart health, lowering blood sugar, boosting energy, helping your immune system and improving your mood!