Waverley Borough Council

Walks for Health

Walks for Health - get walking!

Volunteer Training Days

We are currently looking for volunteers to become walk leaders. If interested, please try a walk, then contact Carol Searle at Places for People for details of training. 

Walks for Health

Walking for health logoJoin 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 mins 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 - second Tuesday of each month at 3pm from Haslewey Community Centre

Farnham - first Tuesday of each month at 10.30 am

Godalming - second Thursday of the month at 11am

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

Cranleigh

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am.  Meet at Cranleigh Leisure Centre.  Cranleigh walks tend to be slightly longer (40-90 mins and are from 2-4 miles long).  New walkers are recommended to start with the shorter walks.

Farnham

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).

Godalming

Godalming walks for health meeting point

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). 

Haslemere

Every Tuesday at 2.30 pm, meet at Haslewey Community Centre.  Thursday walks leave at 1pm from the High Lane Community Centre. On Saturdays, walks start at 11am, from the Herons Leisure Centre until 12 April - as from 19 April, Saturday walks start from The Edge Leisure Centre, but still at 11am.

Longer Walk

Longer walks are offered on the first Thursday of each month, stopping for lunch at a local pub. These replace the usual shorter walk. All Thursday walks start at 11am, meeting at the marker post beside the River Wey, opposite the Council Offices' car park. Details about these long walks can be also downloaded.

Other walks in Godalming

Our normal 2-3 mile walks take place every Thursday, except on the days shown above. If you are new to walking, you are advised to start with one of these shorter walks, but you will soon find that your fitness increases and you will be able to join us on the longer walks.

Please note that parking times are only advisory, and we cannot be held responsible if the walk lasts longer than expected. All walks are free and led by trained leaders, but lunch is not provided! Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for off-road walking.

 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!

About Walks for Health

Walking for health with Macmillan Cancer Support

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).

More information

Contact your local Leisure Centre for details on specific walks in your area:

  • Haslemere, The Herons  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
Email: carolsearle@pfpleisure.org

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Page owner: Carys Potter. Last updated: 16/09/2014 15:30

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