The volunteer-led Closer to Home Walking Network aims to deliver a comprehensive walking programme for the different areas and population groups in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and its surroundings. Currently (November 2016) more than 300 people in the city are actively involved in our walks.

The project was originally set up in 2009 by the Federation of Stadium Communities with funding from NHS Stoke-on-Trent.

Due to lack of funding the FSC closed in 2012 but the project continued to run because of the dedication of its walkers and volunteer walk leaders. Closer to Home walking groups throughout the city are now constituted into a network, with a volunteer management committee. The network runs as a non-profit community project and applies for funding to whatever sources are available to help keep the walking groups running.

There is a free walk virtually every morning and afternoon somewhere in the city.

There is currently a choice of close to 50 different scheduled walks, most are open to all the public while others are targeted at specific groups.

Many walks have been running for several years now and are still attracting new members.

Most walks will have at least 6 or 7 walkers turning up every week. Ten walks regularly attract 10 or more people each time.