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The Great York Walk

Count your steps

From May 10 - 31 July 2021


To a 25,000 mile team target

Free Entry

Raise funds for Mentally Fit York

Walk the world to transform mental health

Wherever you are in the world, sign up for free to take on a virtual 12-week step challenge to raise funds for desperately needed mental health research and initiatives to transform mental health for everyone.

With an international community of York students, staff, alumni and friends, you can sign up alone or as a team of up to 10 people and help us cover 4 of the world’s continents and reach York.

Set yourself or your team a target number of miles and make sure you complete your challenge by fundraising a recommended £150 for Mentally Fit York.

Sign up today


Together, anything is possible.

25,000 miles seems like a big target, but it’s totally achievable with your help. A team of four walking a total of 12,000 steps a day across the duration of the walk could complete 500 miles of The Great York Walk by themselves. With enough walkers, we’ll reach York in no time.

You’ll be able to track the progress of you and your team using our challenge app and online platform, which will allow you to sync up your progress from your smartphone or manually add your activities, whether you walk, run, cycle or swim!

Get involved

Thanks to Mentally Fit York, we’ve been able to put the finishing touches to our Strengthening Mental Health in Schools resource. We hope this will be nationally accredited and rolled out across the country to give secondary schools free access to vital online resources which improve the knowledge, awareness and skills of young people which promote emotional resilience and support their mental health.

Dr Melanie Forster, Department of Psychology, University of York

Mentally Fit York

Mentally Fit York improves mental health and wellbeing in many forms, reaching out from the University to the city's communities and beyond.

Thanks to our incredible Great York Walkers, funding is now already in place to support a range of mental health initiatives, which are more important than ever in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out more

If you’re interested in getting involved and have any further questions, contact The Great York Walk team at