Walks for Health
Walks for Health - get walking!
Join us on our weekly health walks. They give you the opportunity to take regular exercise, enjoy your local environment and meet new people. Best of all, the walks are FREE.
All you need to do is turn up in comfortable shoes and enjoy the walk!
Walks led by trained volunteers
Regular organised walks are provided from four locations within Waverley. All are led by volunteers, who have attended a Walks for Health training day, with back markers making sure that everyone completes the walk at a pace they find suitable.
How long are the walks?
Most walks are 40-60 minutes and are approximately 2 miles (but see below for details of the new shorter 30 minute walks). Walks routes vary every week, but all are risk assessed first. Some locations offer a longer walk once every month.
New short walks
Walks for Health nationally is very keen to see walks available for all abilities, and in order to encourage people who may be put off by an hour's walk, a new 30 minute maximum walk will be offered from the venues as follows:
Haslemere - first Tuesday of each month at 3pm from Haslewey Community Centre
Farnham - first Tuesday of each month at 10.30am from Brightwell's Gostrey Centre, Dogflud Way
Godalming - second Thursday of the month at 11am from the Walks for Health meeting post on the Riverside Walk in the Phillips Memorial Park. The meeting point can be found opposite the Council Offices car park (yellow barriers).
Cranleigh has a short walk for up to an hour every Thursday at 10.30am from Cranleigh Leisure Centre. Cranleigh also offer a 10-30 minute shorter walk on the first Thursday of every month at 10.30am from Cranleigh Leisure Centre.
How fast do you walk?
Walks take account of the pace of the slowest person, but the aim is for brisk walking to increase your heart rate and make you breathe a little faster than normal.
What do I need to bring?
Comfortable shoes, and suitable clothing - this is Britain!
Who will be there?
Other people like you, who want to improve their health, enjoy some air and exercise, and meet other people.
Register before your first walk
Please allow five minutes to register at the start of your first walk so you can fill in a brief registration form.
You will need your GP's agreement if you have been diagnosed or have problems with your heart, balance, joints or bones or have experienced pains in the chest.
Walk times and locations
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am. Meet at Cranleigh Leisure Centre. Cranleigh walks tend to be slightly longer and faster (approximately 90 mins and are from 3-4 miles long). New walkers are recommended to start with the shorter walks.
Every Tuesday at 10.30am. Meet at Brightwell's Gostrey Centre, Dogflud Way. Two walks are offered each week, including a shorter slower walk which still takes about 60 mins. A third faster longer walk is also offered on the last Tuesday of each month, for the more experienced walkers. Tea and coffee are available at the end of every walk (payable at the time), and on the last Tuesday of the month, all walkers are invited to come along to a lunch at the Gostrey Centre (please bring money).
Every* Thursday at 11am. Meet beside the Walks for Health meeting post on the Riverside Walk in the Phillips Memorial Park. The meeting point can be found by taking the entrance path into the Park, opposite the Council Offices car park (yellow barriers), then turning left along Riverside Walk for about 15 metres. *A longer walk replaces the short walk on the first Thursday of each month; this includes a pub lunch (for which you will need to bring money). Please note that parking times are only advisory, and we cannot be responsible if the walk lasts longer than expected.
Every Tuesday at 2.30pm, meet at Haslewey Community Centre. Thursday walks leave at 1pm from the High Lane Community Centre. On Saturdays, walks start at 11am, from Haslemere Leisure Centre.
New leaders wanted!
We always need new leaders. If you would like to become a voluntary leader (and/or back marker), try one of the walks first to see what they are like, and then contact us. You will be invited to attend one of the regular one-day training courses, where full training will be given locally. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to help and an enjoyment of walking which you would be willing to share with others. A sense of humour would be useful!
Volunteer Training Days
The next Walks for Health Leaders Training day is taking place on Friday 31 July at Godalming Tennis Pavilion. If interested, please try a walk, then contact Carol Searle at Places for People, email@example.com, 01252 723208 for details of the training.
About Walks for Health
The Waverley Walks for Health scheme is part of Walking for Health (a national initiative now led by the Ramblers, with support from Macmillan Cancer Support).
Contact your local Leisure Centre for details on specific walks in your area:
- Haslemere Tel: 01428 658484
- Godalming Tel: 01483 417282
- Farnham Tel: 01252 723208
- Cranleigh Tel: 01483 274400
For general information about all walks in the scheme, please contact Carol Searle (Walks for Health Contact at Places for People)
Tel: 01252 723208
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