Free healthy walks

COVID-19 update 

Following the latest government guidance regarding Coronavirus, our healthy walks programme has now restarted. 

Organised walks, such as the Elmbridge Healthy Walks are exempt from the ‘rule of six’ in all local restriction tiers. However we have chosen to limit the number of walkers on the scheme to a maximum of 8 participants per walk leader. All walks are bookable in advance at health@elmbridge.gov.uk. We have carried out all necessary risk assessments for each walk and provide information to walkers to manage personal safety. Records of attendees are kept for up to 21 days to support NHS contact tracing.     

 Please check the programme to find out how many participants can take part in your chosen walk.

For further information, please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page 

Festival Walks

Christmas Day Walk - 11am to 11.45am - Thames Path to Molesey Lock

Park: Sadlers Ride Car park, East Molesey, KT8 1TW. Meet: At rear of left hand car park.Free parking, toilets (if open).
Slow, flat walk.
Maximum number of participants: 16

Boxing Day Walk 10.30am to 12.30pm - Juniper Bottom and Boxhill

Park: Stepping Stones pub, Westhumble Street, Westhumble, Nr Boxhill, Dorking RH5 6BS Or park at station. No buses.
Meet: Outside pub.
Facilities in pub if access permitted.
Brisk walk with hills, steps, stiles, and slopes.
Maximum number of participants: 16

New Year's Day Walks:

10.30am to 11.15am - Thames Path to Molesey Lock
Park: Sadlers Ride Car park, East Molesey, KT8 1TW. Meet: At rear of left hand car park. Free parking, toilets (if open).
Slow, flat walk.
Maximum number of participants: 8

or

10.30am to 12pm - Broadwater Lake and Desborough Island
Park: Cowey Sale Car park, Walton Lane, Walton on Thames KT12 1QW. Meet: At the furthest end of the car park from Walton Bridge. Toilets and café in car park (if open).
Moderate walk with stairs.
Maximum number of participants: 8

Spaces are limited. Please email to book.


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.  

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.  

Volunteering  

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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