From Thursday 5th November, to help suppress the spread of COVID and keep our walkers, leaders and residents safe, all Walking for Health group walks are temporarily suspended. This will be reviewed early December and updates will be posted here. We hope to have the walks running again as soon as safe to do so.
Join our free Health Walks as an enjoyable way to discover the beauty of your borough, meet new people and improve your health!The walks are led by volunteer walk leaders, and the aim is to show what a difference walking can make - and how enjoyable it can be! The walks are free and the route is already planned - all you need to do is turn up in some comfortable walking shoes and enjoy yourself!
Find walks in your area: Healthy Walks Leaflet
Find out more about the benefits of walking.
Do I need to bring anything?
Just a comfortable pair of walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing. You may also want to bring some water. Depending on the weather bring an umbrella, waterproofs, gloves, scarves or sun cream.
We ask every walker to fill in a brief health questionnaire before their first walk, to identify the small number of people who should seek medical advice before walking. This questionnaire should still be completed even if you have been referred by your GP - walk leaders need to be aware of any condition that could impact on the walk. The information you provide is treated with complete confidence and will only be seen by the walk leaders.
Join in - Volunteer!
Like many other walking schemes around the country, the intention is for the walks to become largely community run, with volunteers taking it in turns to lead the walks. Therefore, to make a success of the scheme, we are appealing for volunteers to become walk leaders. By 'recruiting' volunteers to lead the walks, we hope to expand the scheme to cover as many areas of the borough as possible and develop more walking routes.
This walking initiative offers volunteers the chance to make new friends, increase confidence and skills and become involved in improving the health and fitness of other members of the community. All volunteers will be given free training through the Walking the Way to Health Initiative's accredited volunteer walk leader training course.
If you are interested in becoming a walk leader and attending the free training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01732 876347.
Further information on walking can be found on the following websites: