Free healthy walks and cycle rides

Please check this web page regularly to find out about any walk cancellations in case of severe weather conditions. 


Healthy walk cancellation

Thursday 11 April 10.30-11.45am from Brooklands Community Park has been cancelled. 

 


Kingston Gate vehicle access into Richmond Park closed during April/May 2019

We have several walks planned in Richmond Park during April 2019 including a provisional date, which is in the Richmond Park Diary, for a walk on 29 April (during the planned 2 week closure) - this may change.

The pedestrian gate is unaffected, but please allow extra time to get to your walk.

See Richmond Park Diary for further walk details.


Healthy walk and cycle ride background

We've been organising healthy walks, cycle rides and Nordic walks since 2003 with both regular and new people joining us weekly. Walks and rides are a good way to get together with friends, old and new, be outside and explore your community. We are certain that we can introduce you to some footpaths you didn't know existed.

April to June 2019 - Elmbridge healthy walks, Nordic walks and cycle rides programme  

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 30 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 Sport England and the National Lottery Community Fund.

FAQs

Who are the walks for?
Anyone wishing to be more active. We advise new walkers to start with a slow walk - just in case! Short walks travel at the speed of the slowest walker, whereas the slow, moderate and brisk paced walks go at the speed of the leader. Our regular walking for health walks on Mondays and Fridays are short and 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 walk leader will ask you to complete a short health questionnaire, so please allow 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 thereafter you will be asked to sign a register.

The walk leader introduces themselves to the group and gives a brief description of the walk including any possible hazards such as roads, tree roots, uneven ground, mud and bikes. You are 'walking at your own risk' so please pay attention. The leader and co-leader have a basic first aid kit, and we ask that walkers/riders bring their own water.

The walk/ride 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 15 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 as 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 (except Bank Holidays) at 11.30am for a short, very slow 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 10.30-11.30am 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 10.30am for a slow 90 minute walk with some slopes. Meeting at Claygate Centre for the Community, Elm Road, Claygate, KT10 0EH. Meet inside near the café.

  • Every Friday from 10.30-11.15am 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.

Walks

Our healthy walks are free to join.

  • 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, and opt for a flat, sloped or hilly walk.
  • Walks are classified by pace, gradient and length of time.
  • All walks are less than 3 miles long.

If you would like to receive a copy of the programme please contact health@elmbridge.gov.uk or telephone 01372 474574.

Nordic walks    

Walked at a moderate pace.  Bring poles if you have them but they are not essential. There will be an instructor led warm up before the walk.

Cycle rides

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.  We are pleased to now be able to offer short 6 mile rides as well as our well established 15-20 mile rides.

Volunteering

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?

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