We encourage all people in the Derbyshire Dales to be active, regardless of ability to age well. As a nation we have an ageing population. Whilst this is a positive outcome from improved health care and standards of living, our ageing populations are also costing our services millions of pounds due to inactivity.

Of the 71,500 people living in the Derbyshire Dales, 38.1% are over 55 years old which is more than the National average and 22.3% of 55-74 years olds in the Derbyshire Dales do less than 30 minutes physical activity per week. We provide a wide range of programmes to encourage active ageing in Derbyshire Dales including Walking Sport Programmes and Unlimited Swimming for over 75’s.

GP Exercise Refferal

Freedom Leisure deliver a comprehensive 12 week GP exercise referral programme.

Walking Sports

Walking sports have become increasingly popular in the UK and are ideal for people who want to play a slightly slower, but no less enjoyable version of their favourite sport. These walking sports are encouraging older people to get active and learn new skills in a team environment. 

In the Derbyshire Dales we have the following Walking Football and Walking Netball sessions on offer:

Arc Leisure Matlock

Walking Netball - Mondays 10:30 - 11:30

Walking Football - Wednesdays 10am - 12noon

Both these activities cost £3.65 per session or are free for people with a Connected membership at the leisure centres.

Ashbourne Leisure Centre

Walking Netball - Fridays 10:30am - 11:30am

Walking Football - Mondays 11:30am - 11pm

Both these activities cost £3.65 per session or are free for people with a Connected membership at the leisure centres.

Wirksworth Leisure Centre

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Other Walking sports groups are available in community venues across the Derbyshire Dales, click here for more information.

Walking for Health

Do you need to improve your general health, manage your weight or just make new friends? Then Walking for Health could be for you! There is an extensive programme of walks in the Derbyshire Dales managed by the District Council's sport and health team. Please follow this link for more information about Walking for Health in the Derbyshire Dales

Unlimited swimming for Over 75 year olds

Over 75 year olds can swim unlimited all year for just a one off £20 fee. This unlimited swimming membership allows you to swim at Arc Leisure Matlock, Ashbourne Leisure Centre and Bakewell Swimming Pool.

For more information or to sign up for this membership please visit or call your nearest centre:

Arc Leisure Matlock - 01629 581322

Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 01335 343712

Bakewell Swimming Pool - 01629 814205

Centre addresses 

  • Arc Leisure Matlock, Bakewell Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AZ
  • Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1DR
  • Bakewell Swimming Pool & Gym, Off Granby Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1ES
  • Wirksworth Leisure Centre, Hannge Way, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4JG