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Healthy walks, Nordic walks and cycle rides programme July to September 2018
October to December healthy walks, Nordic walks and cycle rides programme
We've been organising healthy walks and cycle rides and now Nordic walks for nearly 15 years with both regular and new people joining us weekly. Walks and rides are great for meeting new friends, getting outside and exploring your community. I bet we can show you some footpaths you didn't know existed!
With the 'Walking for Health' scheme, you can take part in a free short walk near you to help you get active at a pace that works for you. We also offer free walks of varying distance and pace lasting from 15 minutes to 3 hours. these occur all around the Borough just about every day of the year.
The Elmbridge Healthy Walks are an accredited scheme running in partnership with Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support (Walking for Health) and the players of Peoples Postcode Lottery.
Who are the walks for? Anyone wishing to be more active. We advise new walkers start with a slow walk - just in case! The slow walks travel at the speed of the slowest walker, whereas the moderate and brisk paced walks go at the speed of the leader. Our regular walking for health walks on Mondays and Fridays are very slow and suitable for those who need a flat walk and may need a rest part way round.
What should I expect on my first walk? The leader and co-leader will ask you to complete a health questionnaire, so allow plenty of time to fill it in. Have your mobile number, email address and emergency contact details to hand. This form will only be completed on your first walk, but every walk you come on you will be asked to sign on a register.
The walk leader will introduce themselves to the group and give a brief description of the walk including any possible hazards such as roads, tree roots, uneven ground, mud and bikes. You do "walk at your own risk" so please pay attention. The leader and co-leader will have a basic first aid kit and emergency water, but we ask that walkers bring their own water in hotter weather.
The walk will finish where it started and we aim to finish as close to the printed timings as possible.
How do I join? Just turn up! Make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes before the start so you have time to register, sign in and meet the leader before the pre-walk briefing takes place.Wear suitable clothes and footwear, some paths can get very muddy in wet weather.
Days and times
Why not join us for one of our regular weekly or monthly walks:
every Monday (not Bank Holidays) at 11.30am for a walk of up to 30 minutes from Xcel Leisure Complex, Waterside Drive, Walton KT12 2JG. Meet outside the leisure centre by the benches.
every Tuesday from 10.30-11.30 from the Royal British Legion Club (we meet inside back door), St Mary's Road, East Molesey, KT8 0ST (Use entrance next to No 4.) Slow flat walk with refreshments afterwards.
on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30 for a slow 90 minute walk with some slopes. meeting at Claygate Centre for the Community, Elm Road, Claygate, KT10 0EH.
every Friday from 10.30am to 11.15am for a short flat walk, meeting at The Boathouse Cafe car park, East Molesey, Cricket Club, Graburn Way, KT8 9AL. Meet by the picnic tables outside the café.
We have a varied and full schedule of walks that take place most days even Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Choose from slow, moderate or brisk paced walks, and opt for a flat, sloped or hilly walk.
The Healthy Walks are free to join. They are classified by pace, gradient and length of time. They are less than 3 miles long.
If you would like to receive a copy of the programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01372 474574
These are walked at a moderate pace. Bring poles if you have them but they are not essential.
Our cycle rides cover a range of distances and terrain and most of the rides stop for refreshments mid-way. Taking part in a cycle ride is a great way to meet people and see areas of the borough you may not have seen before.
All our walks and cycle rides are led by volunteers, some have been volunteering since 2003 and others joined us just a few months ago. If, after a few walks with us, you feel it is something you would like to do, follow the link to our healthy walks or cycle ride volunteer page.
"It's a lovely feeling when everyone says how much they have enjoyed the walk. And they are always amazed that I get them back without getting lost!" Karen, Volunteer Walk Leader since 2003.
Other local walk schemes
Richmond and Kingston also run programmes throughout the year. Why not have a look at the links below and join them for a walk?