Wellbeing walks

COVID-19 update 

Updated 12 April

Following the Government roadmap for easing lockdown, you can now walk outside in groups of six people or two households. The Government has also confirmed that organised sport and physical activity, which include Ramblers and  Wellbeing Walks, can resume and are exempt from the rule of 6. 

The Elmbridge Wellbeing Walks spring programme has now resumed. Please note that all walks must be booked in advance using the online booking system or by clicking the icon on the top of this page. Our walks volunteers are looking forward to meeting you soon. 

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. 

How to join a walk: 

Simply choose a pace and location that works for you in the walks programme. We are currently operating under Covid restrictions, so until further notice, you must book a space on your chosen walk and not just turn up. Bookings can be made via our online booking system or click on the icon on the top of this page. 

If you cannot access our programme or booking system online; need any help deciding on a walk or with our booking process; or have any other queries relating to Elmbridge Wellbeing Walks, please contact our Sport and Health team on 01372 474574 (office hours only) or email health@elmbridge.gov.uk. We will  be happy to help.

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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