Walking for Health scheme

Lap the Lake, Sunday 18 November, 10.30am
Queen Mary Sailing Club are organising a charity lap of their reservoir. There will be a Walking for Health led walk on the day meeting at 10.30am on upper level of the clubhouse, Queen Mary Sailing Club, Ashford Road, TW15 1UA

Santa Stroll, Friday 21 December, 10.30am - Meet outside Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Knowle Green, TW18 1AJ
Come and join in the festive spirit at our Santa Stroll.
This is a free family event and you are invited to attend in fancy dress if you wish! Adult and child Santa suits are available to purchase in advance from Spelthorne Council Offices main reception for £3 each.

 

Spelthorne Walking for Health Scheme aims to improve health and fitness of local people, especially those who are not physically active and want to become more active.

  • our pdf icon free walks [528kb] are designed for total beginners and are between one and three miles long
  • there are up to three walks a week
  • walks are led by volunteer walk leaders. There is a front leader and back leader so that you can walk at your own pace

The Spelthorne Walking for Health scheme is part of Walking for Health a national initiative led by the Ramblers, with support from Macmillan Cancer Support.

How to join our scheme

A short pdf icon registration form [185kb] must be completed before your first walk (contact your GP before starting to walk if you have a health condition), to receive a form by post contact Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or download the form (under 'Downloads') and bring it along to your first walk to hand to a walk leader.

Important walk information

Please bring any medication you may need with you (eg inhalers) and let us know if there are any changes to your health. Wear comfortable shoes with good grip and support and loose fitting clothing, as this will allow you to move freely. Long trousers are recommended in case of nettles/thistles. Bring waterproof clothing in case of rain. Please  note our walks are for adults only. If there is a café or pub nearby, leaders and walkers often stop for a drink and a chat after the walk. Everyone welcome.

Facts about walking

  • health professionals recommend that you should participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week
  • a 'brisk' walk should make you breathe a little faster and feel warmer
  • the intensity should feel comfortable and you should be able to talk

Walking can

  • make you feel good and give you more energy
  • help reduce stress and help you sleep better
  • reduce blood pressure
  • help to manage your weight

Why walk?

  • it's a chance to meet new people and make friends
  • almost everyone can do it
  • you can do it anywhere and any time
  • there is very little risk of injury
  • it is free and you don't need special equipment
  • you can start slowly and build up gently

Become a Volunteer Walk Leader

The Spelthorne Walking for Health scheme would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. From volunteer walk leaders and assistants to admin and promotion roles, our volunteers do a fantastic job in supporting and developing the scheme. We are currently looking for more volunteers to help lead the walks. We provide all walk leaders with full training and support. No previous experience required, just a willingness to help and to share a passion for walking.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Walk Leader or would like more information on our walks, please contact Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or email leisure@spelthorne.gov.uk. More information can also be found via the Walking for Health website and in our pdf icon volunteer policy [249kb].

Self led walks

There are seven guided walks around Spelthorne with easy to follow instructions and maps.  The routes are varied in length and the Stanwell Village walk is accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs.  Historical facts about points of interest on the routes are also available.

Please stick to the right of way public footpaths and remember to take any litter home.

Special thanks to all the volunteer walk leaders for all their contributions towards the Self-led  Walk Pack and their continuing support of these special walks.

Our walk pack is also available to pick up from Libraries and the Council Offices.

  1. pdf icon Church Lammas and Staines Moor [308kb]
  2. pdf icon Stanwell Village walk [401kb]
  3. pdf icon Stanwell Moor and Hithermoor Stream walk [284kb]
  4. pdf icon Shepperton Towpath and Dumsey Meadow walk [358kb]
  5. pdf icon Orchard Meadow including Walled Garden walk [399kb]
  6. pdf icon Laleham Riverside and Penton Hook walk [457kb]
  7. pdf icon Fordbridge Park via Bronzefield walk [420kb]
  8. pdf icon Historical facts [275kb]