Wellbeing walks

Under Step 4 of the government roadmap, there are no longer any limits on the number of people you can meet. You no longer need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. However, COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. The government has issued some guidance on how to continue to act carefully, remain cautious and help prevent the spread. Please read this guidance before you join the Elmbridge wellbeing walks.

Programme

Please read the Elmbridge wellbeing walks terms and conditions before you join us for a walk.


How to join a walk: 

Choose a pace and location that works for you from the walks programme and just turn up (unless booking is specifically stated beside a particular walk on the program). If you are walking with us for the first time, please arrive 10 minutes before the advertised start time as you will be required to fill in a new walker form.

Please bring a bottle of water with you on walks, as none will be provided. 

If you need any advice on which walk to choose, or have any other queries relating to Elmbridge wellbeing walks, please contact our Sport and Health team on 01372 474574 or email health@elmbridge.gov.uk. We will be happy to help.

New 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. Two walk leaders will accompany the group to ensure everybody stays safe and give any support needed.

  • Every Tuesday at 10am from Cobham Community Centre, Oakdene Rd, Cobham KT11 2LY
  • Every Wednesday at 9.45 from Walton Community Centre, 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.

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 introduction

Elmbridge Borough Council have been organising small group walks and Nordic walks since 2003 – previously under the Walking for Health banner. Both regulars and new people join us weekly to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Group walks 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 you didn't know existed. 

Walks  

  • 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 walks   

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.

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 to our  Wellbeing 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.  

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?  

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