Free healthy walks and cycle rides

Temporary walks programme (Coronavirus COVID-19) 

Following the latest government guidelines, we are delighted to welcome participants back onto the scheme for a limited programme of favourite walks.  However, we can only have up to six people attending, which will include a walk leader and 5 participants. 

To ensure that each walk or cycle ride is not over-subscribed, we are asking you to book a place on each walk using our online booking system*. Please make sure you read the booking instructions and terms and conditions before you make your bookings:

If you have not booked a place, you won't be able to join the walk. If you book a place and find you can no longer attend, please email health@elmbridge.gov.uk to cancel your place.

Due to COVID-19, everyone needs to take steps to stay safe. Please follow all safety advice given by the walk leader, and keep 2 metres distance from anyone outside your household or social bubble.       

*Please note: to offer a temporary online booking system for healthy walks and cycle rides during COVID-19, we have 'borrowed' our Shout children's holiday programme booking system. The wording might be different from what you would expect. Apologies for this. Please ignore all reference to payment. Healthy walks and cycles are free to take part in. No payment details are required to make a booking.    

Walks programme - Monday 13 July to Tuesday 1 August

Monday 13 July

  • 10 - 10.30am
    Thames path from Xcel Leisure Complex
    Park: on Waterside Close KT12 2JG
    Meet: at mini roundabout at far end of the close/near river
    No toilet facilities, until leisure centre opens
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader Olivia

  • 10.30 – 11.30am
    Black Pond & Longy Down

    Park: Sandy Lane car park (nearest to A244), Oxshott
    Meet: by noticeboard in the middle of the car park
    No toilet facilities
    Gradient: moderate
    Leader: David G

  • 10.30-12.30 (with Janet) or 10.45 to 12.45 (with Pam)
    Cycle ride: Sadlers Ride to Weybridge, with a stop at Cowey Sale

    Park: Sadlers ride car park, East Molesey, KT8 1TW
    Meet: At rear of car park to the left of the entrance barrier
    Toilets in car park and at rest stop
    Distance: 12 miles

Tuesday 14 July

  • 10 – 11am 
    Broadwater Lake and Thames Path

    Park: Cowey Sale car park KT12 1QW
    Meet: At the furthest end of car park from Walton Bridge.
    Toilets / café in car park
    Gradient: slow / flat
    Leader: Caroline

Wednesday 15 July

  • 11 - 11.45am
    One Tree Hill

    Meet: Squires Garden Centre, Woodstock Lane North, Long Ditton, KT6 5HN
    No toilet facilities
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: Keith
  • 10.30 – 11.30am  
    Osxhott and Litteheath

    Park: Sandy Lane car park (nearest to A244), Oxshott
    Meet: by noticeboard in the middle of the car park
    No toilet facilities
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: David M.

Thursday 16 July

  • 9.45 - 10.45am
    Weston Green to Thames Ditton from Marney's Pond

    Park: Car park by Marney’s pond or Chestnut Avenue, KT10 8JL
    Meet: On grass opposite front door of Marney’s village Inn
    No toilets / café 2 mins walk from car park
    Gradient: slow,  flat
    Leader: Caroline
  • 2 - 3.15pm 
    Nordic Walk: Desborough Island and Broadwater Lake 

    Park: Cowey Sale car park KT12 1QW
    Meet: At the furthest end of car park from Walton Bridge.
    Toilets / café in car park
    Length: 3 miles 
    Leader: Pam

Friday 17 July

  • 10.30 - 11.45am
    Thames Path to Molesey Lock

    Park: Sadlers ride car park, East Molesey, KT8 1TW
    Meet: At rear of car park to the left of the entrance barrier
    Toilets  in car park
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Keith

Monday 20 July

  • 10 - 10.30am 
    Thames Path from Xcel leisure complex

    Park: Waterside Close, outside leisure complex
    Meet: At mini roundabout at far end of the close/near river
    Toilets at half way point
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Olivia
  • 10.30am - 12pm
    Arbrook and Claygate Commons

    Park: Arbrook Lane car park KT10 9EJ
    Meet: far end of car park
    No toilet facilities in car park / on route
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: David G.

  • 10.30 - 12.30 (with Janet) and 10.45 - 12.45 (with Pam)
    Cycle ride: Sadlers Ride to Kingston and Bushy Park and back

    Park/meet: Sadlers Ride car park KY8 1TW
    Toilet in car park
    Distance: 12 miles

Tuesday 21 July

  • 10 - 11am
    Broadwater Lake and Thames Path

    Park: Cowey Sale car park KT12 1QW
    Meet: At end of car park furthest away from Walton Bridge
    Toilets / café in car park
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Caroline

Wednesday 22 July

  • 10.30am - 12pm
    Black Pond

    Park/ meet: Garsons Farm car park, West End, Esher, KT10 8LP
    Toilets / café in garden centre
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Leader: Keith

  • 10.30am - 12.30pm
    Oxshott and Littleheath

    Park: Sandy Lane car park (nearest to A244), Oxshott
    Meet: by noticeboard in the middle of the car park
    No facilities
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: David M.

Thursday 23 July

  • 9.45 - 10.45am 
    Weston Green to Thames Ditton from Marney's Pond

    Park: Car park by Marney’s pond or Chestnut Avenue, KT10 8JL
    Meet: On grass opposite front door of Marney’s village Inn
    No toilets / café 2 mins walk from car park
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Caroline

  • 2 - 3.15pm
    Nordic Walks: Garsons Farm to West End Woods 

    Park/ Meet: Garson’s Farm car park, West End, Esher, KT10 8LP
    Toilets / café in garden centre
    Distance: 3 miles
    Leader:Pam 

Friday 24 July

  • 10.30 - 11.45am
    Thames Path to Molesey Lock

    Park: Sadlers ride car park, East Molesey, KT8 1TW
    Meet: At rear of car park to the left of the entrance barrier
    Toilets  in car park
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Keith

Monday 27 July

  • 10 - 10.30am
    Thames Path from Xcel leisure complex

    Park: Waterside Close
    Meet: At mini roundabout at far end of the close/near river
    Toilets at half way point
    Gradient: slow
    Leader: Olivia

  • 10.30am to 12pm
    Downside and Cobham

    Park/Meet: Car park by Downside Bridge, Cobham KT11 3LP
    No facilities
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: David G.

Tuesday 28 July

  • 10 - 11am
    Broadwater Lake from Cowey Sale (4km)

    Park: Cowey Sale car park KT12 1QW
    Meet: At the furthest end of the car park from Walton Bridge
    Toilets and café in car park
    Gradient: slow, flat (approx 4km)
    Leader: Caroline

Wednesday 29 July

  • 11 - 11.45am
    One Tree Hill

    Park/Meet: Squires Garden Centre, Woodstock Lane Noroth, Long Ditton KT6 5HN
    Toilets / café in garden centre
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: Keith

  • 10.30am - 12.30pm
    Oxshott and Littleheath

    Park: Sandy Lane car park (nearest to A244), Oxshott
    Meet: by noticeboard in the middle of the car park
    No toilet facilities
    Gradient: moderate, slopes
    Leader: David M.

Thursday 30 July

  • 9.45 - 10.45am
    Weston Green to Thames Ditton from Marney's Pond

    Park: Car park by Marney’s pond or Chestnut Avenue, KT10 8JL
    Meet: On grass opposite front door of Marney’s village Inn
    No toilets / café 2 mins walk from car park
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Caroline

  • 2 - 3.15pm
    Nordic Walk: Desborough Island and Broadwater Lake

    Park: Cowey Sale car park KT12 1QW
    Meet: At the furthest end of car park from Walton Bridge.
    Toilets and café in car park
    Distance: approx 3 miles
    Leader: Pam

Friday 30 July

  • 10.30 - 11.45am 
    Thames Ditton to Molesey Lock

    Park: Sadlers ride car park, East Molesey, KT8 1TW
    Meet: At rear of car park to the left of the entrance barrier.
    Toilet in car park
    Gradient: slow, flat
    Leader: Keith

Saturday 1 August

  • 10.30 - 11.30am
    Around Walton town and river

    Park: Cowey Sale Car park KT12 1QW
    Meet: At the furthest end of the car park from Walton Bridge
    Toilets and café in car park
    Gradient: moderate, flat, steps and slopes
    Leader: Mary

Healthy walks and cycle rides 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 2020 - Elmbridge healthy walks, Nordic walks and cycle rides programme

With the 'Walking for Health' scheme, you can take part in a free short walk, Nordic walk or cycle ride near you to help you get active at a pace that works for you.  We 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, Peoples Postcode Lottery and Ramblers.

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 11.45am 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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