Free healthy walks

COVID-19 update 

Please note that, following the latest government announcement regarding national lockdownthe Healthy Walks programme has been suspended until further notice. For further information, please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page

 You can still exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

 Please check out our self-guided walks below if you would like to carry on walking during lockdown by yourself, members of your household or support bubble or when on your own, with 1 person from another household. 

Have a look at some useful online resources to help with physical and mental well-being during COVID-19 and beyond.

Healthy walks background  

We've been organising healthy walks and Nordic walks since 2003 with both regular and new people joining us weekly. Walks 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. 

With the 'Walking for Health' scheme, you can take part in a free short walk or Nordic walk  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.  


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 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.  


All our walks 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 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.   

Elmbridge self-guided walks 

Elmbridge has many beautiful open spaces just waiting to be discovered on foot. Below is our selection of self-guided walks. Please download your copy. 

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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