Programmes Elmbridge wellbeing walks and cycle rides programmes - April to June 2022
Please read the Elmbridge wellbeing walks and cycle rides terms and conditions before you join us.
Gentle walks from Cobham and Walton centres for the community
Lasting from 30 minutes to 45 minutes (maximum) over easy terrain. Open to everyone, but especially aimed at those who have been less active or mobile than they would like to be. We will ensure everybody stays safe and give any support needed.
- Every Tuesday at 10.30am from Cobham Centre for the Community, Oakdene Rd, Cobham KT11 2LY
- Every Wednesday at 10.30am from Walton Centre for the Community, Manor Rd, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PB
Optional refreshments at the centre after the walks. No need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.
How to join a walk or cycle ride
Choose a pace and location that works for you from the walks and cycle rides programme and just turn up (unless booking is specifically stated on the program). If you are walking or cycling with us for the first time, please arrive 10 minutes before the advertised start time as you will be required to fill in a registration form.
Please bring a bottle of water with you as none will be provided.
If you need any advice on which walk or cycle ride to choose, or have any other queries relating to Elmbridge wellbeing walks and cycle rides, please contact our Sport and Health team on 01372 474574 or email email@example.com. We will be happy to help.
Elmbridge self-guided walks
If you cannot join our scheduled wellbeing walks, why not try the following walks? These guides and maps will enable you to discover new destinations in your own time and at your own pace.
You can also have a look at some useful online resources to help with physical and mental well-being during COVID-19 and beyond.
Wellbeing walks and cycle rides background
Elmbridge Borough Council have been organising small group walks, Nordic walks and cycle rides since 2003. Both regulars and new people join us weekly to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Group walks and cycle rides are a great form of physical activity, especially for beginners, and a good way of getting outdoors to meet other local people for a friendly chat. They also help you explore your local area and we are certain that we can introduce you to some footpaths and cycle routes you didn't know existed.
- Elmbridge Wellbeing Walks are an accredited scheme run in partnership with The Ramblers.
- All walks are free and led by one of our friendly and experienced walk leader volunteers.
- Walks are classified by pace, gradient and length of time. They range from slow beginner walks on flat paths lasting 20-30 minutes, up to brisk 90-minute walks with slopes or steps.
- We have walks on all weekdays, and some Saturdays, going from many different locations around the borough. Some are regular weekly/fortnightly walks, others are one offs.
- Please read our Covid terms and conditions to see what safety procedures are in place for walks. These must be followed by all walkers.
Nordic Walking is an enhanced walking technique that uses specially designed poles to work your upper body as well as your legs. The upper body action is very similar to that of classic cross-country skiing and is good for reducing the impact on knees and hips; improving your posture and gait; and strengthening your back and abdominal muscles. All our Nordic walks are walked at a moderate pace for 90 minutes.
If you’d like to join our weekly Nordic walks please bring your own poles if you have them, or you can walk without poles as they are not essential. There will be an instructor led warm up before the walk. Nordic walks spaces can be booked in the same way as the Wellbeing Walks above.
- We welcome anyone competent on a bike, who would like to cycle in a social group to benefit their general wellbeing, be active, and explore the local area.
- All rides are free and led by trained and experienced volunteers.
- Routes vary in terms of time and length, but all rides are at a gentle pace.
- Ride routes largely make the most of the local cycle ways, such as the Thames towpath and cycle lanes, and we do not take groups on busy roads and junctions.
- All rides have a stop halfway to rest, refuel and socialise
- If you fall behind, your group will wait for you at the next junction or safe place to stop.
Planning your own cycle rides or journeys
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 or cycle rides with us, you feel it is something you would like to do, follow the link to to our Wellbeing walks and cycle rides 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 walks 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?