Wellbeing walks and cycle rides

Changes to Painshill walk - 29 September

The Painshill park walk on Thursday 29 September has been cancelled as the venue has now been booked for a week-long commercial event. The new location for that walk is:

Nordic Walk: Round Whiteley Village - 2pm to 3.30pm
Grass verge parking by cricket pitch, corner of North Avenue and Coombe Lane, Whiteley Village, KT12 4EL
Leaders: Pam

Apologies for the inconvenience and we hope you will be able to join us.

Fungi walks

With Countryside Estates Officer Dave Page. For anyone interested in learning more about our local mycological fauna.

  • Thursday 6 October and Wednesday 26 October
    Meet at 10.30am in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9JQ for a 1h30 / 2-hour walk on West End Common and Winterdown Woods

  • Wednesday 12 October
    Meet at 10.30 Copsem Lane Car Park, Esher KT10 9HH for a 2 hour exploration of Esher Common’s famous fungus fauna.

  • Thursday 20 October
    Meet at 10.30am outside farm shop by Garsons Farm car park, West End, Esher KT10 8LP for a 1h30 / 2-hour walk on West End Common and Winterdown Woods

No booking necessary. Free to join. For more information, please email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk

Programmes

Elmbridge wellbeing walks and cycle rides programme - July to September 2022

Elmbridge wellbeing walks and cycle rides programme - October to December 2022

Please read the Elmbridge wellbeing walks and cycle rides terms and conditions before you join us. 

Regular gentle, slow, flat walks in Claygate, Hersham, Molesey and Walton-on-Thames 

Lasting from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 30 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 - 10.30am to 11.30am - Molesey circular walk - meet in council car park by St Mary's Road/Bell Road exit, Walton Road, East Molesey KT8 0DP 
  • Every Wednesday - 10.30am to 11.15/30am - Around Walton-on-Thames - meet at Walton centre for the community, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PB
  • Every Friday - 10.30am to 11.15am - Thames Path to Molesey Lock - meet at Miss Polly Cafe at Molesey Cricket Club, Graburn Way, Molesey KT8 9 AL
  • Thursday fornightly - 10.30am to 11.15am - To Riverside park from Hersham centre for the community, 7 Queen's Road, Hersham KT12 5LU
  • First Wednesday of the month - 10.30am to 12pm - Around Claygate countryside walk. Meet at Claygate centre for the community car park, Elm Road, Claygate K10 0EH

No need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. 

How to join a walk or cycle ride 

We have weekly cycle rides every Monday (or Tuesday on Bank Holidays) to different destinations, all at gentle speed but covering different distances. Choose the location that works for you from the walks and cycle rides programme and just turn up (unless booking is specifically stated on the program). 

Joining a walk or a ride for the first time

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 health@elmbridge.gov.uk. 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. 

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. 

Cycle rides 

  • 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 

Volunteering   

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?   

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