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Walking for Health programme of walks

We have a range of organised, free, led walks between 30 and 90 minutes in duration.  The walks are designed to suit different walking abilities.

The dates, times, start venues and details of our walks are listed in our March to June 2017 programme.

The walks programme is produced three times per year. Where possible our walks start at places offering toilets, parking and somewhere to go afterwards for refreshments and a chat.  All walks are free and are led by trained volunteers.

You are welcome to bring a dog(s) as long as they are kept on the lead. Occasionally in the programme we may ask people not to bring their dogs, if we were planning a special walk for example, a nature trail, or if the walk takes in fields of cattle etc.

Simply turn up – there is no need to book. All walks are free of charge, although we do ask for a small fee for refreshments.

Tips to increase active travel

We all struggle to find time to keep active, so why not incorporate it into your daily routine? Here are some tips to increase active travel:

  1. Wear a pedometer with pride: you’ll want to walk more because it’s there
  2. Park further away from the supermarket
  3. Break up the week’s shopping so that you can walk with smaller loads rather than loading up the car
  4. For journeys of a mile or less, make a habit of choosing to walk rather than drive
  5. Find nice places to walk in your leisure time – this will build confidence for active travel
  6. If you already walk home, take a slightly longer route
  7. Make small changes, one at a time

Walking for Health provides free walks for people of all ages. People of all walking abilities are supported: from people who use wheelchairs to more able walkers. To find out more please call 01454 868006, email healthylifestyles@southglos.gov.uk or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/walking

Keeping safe and well whilst walking

Walking is not generally considered a dangerous activity but there are some things to be aware of in order to stay safe and well.

Ticks – If you are concerned about ticks and tick-borne disease and would like to know more visit NHS Choices.

The benefits of walking

Walking is a brilliant form of exercise available to most people.

Gentle, regular walks designed to accommodate your needs.

It can be hard to stay active, but walking could make all the difference. It’s a low impact exercise, so it’s easy for you to get involved – even if you’re not feeling your best. In fact, walking could help you feel great again!

Walking with one of our wonderful trained leaders could help you feel more confident about taking those first steps to a more active lifestyle. And sharing a cuppa and a chat at the end is a lovely way to meet new people and feel connected.

We have a vibrant and varied programme of walks led by our Kings Chase, Frampton Cotterell and Yate/Sodbury/Dodington groups. Many of these walks are easy access, up to an hour in length at a rich variety of locations. Please check the Walking for Health programme for details.

We also have five regular walks, which start at the same time and place. These walks are designed to accommodate any walkers’ needs, allowing people to walk the distance they feel comfortable with.

Regular walks

For more details please see the programme

Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club Walk – Alternate Tuesdays to the Railway Path walk. Set off at 11am. Gentle, flat walk on the hard surface around the rugby ground. Walk once around the track which is just over a mile, or twice if you feel like it!

Bristol Bath Railway Path – every other Tuesday.11am (whatever suits you!) Starting points alternate between Avon Valley Railway Bitton Station BS30 6HD and Warmley Waiting Room, Warmley Station BS30 5JB.

Filton Nutfield House – every other Thursday. 2pm. (approx. 20-30 mins) Nutfield House Grove Road Filton BS34 7LJ

Filton Patchway Stokes every Thursday, 11am. (between 45 mins and 1 hour) starting points alternate between – opposite side of carpark to Sainsbury’s entrance, Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford and Willowbrook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Frampton Cotterell – twice a month with various scenic walks around rural Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath. The walks are on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and start at 10.30am. Long and short walks are usually offered.

Kingschase – meet weekly on either a Wednesday or Thursday at 2pm. Long and short walks often offered.

Kingsmeadow Community Flats – 1st Wednesday of every month. 10.30am (approx. 1 hour). Kingsmeadow Community Flats, Barrington Close, BS15 4QD

Page Park – meet every Tuesday and Friday at 10.30am at the sensory garden to enjoy a 30 minute stroll around the park before finishing with a cuppa (and usually a slice of cake!). Perfect for individuals who are new or returning to exercise and those with walking aids.

Sodbury Yate and Dodington – meet every Friday at 10.30am. Walks are often around three miles in length, but sometimes slightly longer.


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