Walk for Health

The Walk for Health scheme helps local people become more active, feel better, meet one another and enjoy the beauty of their local area.

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What is 'Walk for Health'?

The Walk for Health scheme is a programme of fun, free and accessible volunteer-led walks, bringing people together to socialise and motivate one another. The walks last between 30 - 90 minutes, ideal for anyone who would like to start becoming more active or keep fit and healthy. Walking can help us to feel happier and healthier, reducing the risk of heart disease and conditions such as breast cancer and dementia.

The scheme is part of the National Walking for Health network which currently has 70,000 regular walkers taking part across the country. We are passionate about setting up health walks in the beautiful district of Mole Valley. Just bring yourself, comfortable shoes and clothing, sunglasses and a bottle of water on sunny days and an umbrella and waterproofs if raining.

If you would be interested in joining us on future walks then please get in touch and we will keep you informed as our programme develops.

Changes and additional walks

Any amends to the timetable will be added here. 

New Walks

Headley Heath National Trust Lizard Trail

Friday 4 August and thereafter on the first Friday of every month. 

Meet at the notice board in the main car park (opposite the cricket ground) at 2.15pm. The walk will be Grade 3, approx 60 minutes long across undulating heathland, no stiles or steps but a few short steep inclines on stony tracks.

Box Hill View Point and Stroll

Friday 18 August and thereafter on the third Friday of every month.

Meet at the notice board outside the National Trust Café and shop (opposite the main car park) at 2.15pm.  Parking is free to NT members. The walk will be Grade 2, 45 minutes long, mostly level through woodland with spectacular views along the top of Box Hill. The route combines parts of both the NT Nature Play Trail and the Happy Valley Walk. 

(An optional 30 minute additional loop, Grade 3, is also available).

Art Sculpture Walk

Wednesday 27 September, 10.15am (Meet at Scarlett Arms pub)

Walk for Health and Arts Alive are combining to offer an outdoor art and sculpture walk in the grounds of Hannah Peschar's Sculpture Garden in Ockley, Surrey.

For those who would like to join the group walk, the 2km level stroll will start at The Scarlett Arms pub in Walliswood (Drakes Meadow, Horsham Road, Walliswood, Dorking RH5 5RD) snaking through dense woodland to reach Okewood church. The walk will then continue on a quiet lane to the entrance of Hannah Peschar where we will be welcomed with refreshments/teas/coffees before setting off to view the wonderful pieces of art on show in the gardens!

The gardens will be open at 11am and close at 3pm. The guided walk will return at approximate 2pm to the Scarlett Arms. For those of you not wishing to join the walk, please park at Okewood Church and make you own way to the gardens.

There will be limited places for 15 walkers so book early to avoid disappointment. Please either contact Estelle Holmes on 01306 879292 or email estelle.holmes@molevalley.gov.uk

Changes

There will be no 30 minute walk from the Christian Centre on:

Monday 18 September

Volunteer Walk Leaders Needed

We can only set up new walks and develop our programme with the help of volunteers. Each walk has a Volunteer Walk Leader and Back Marker to enable each walker to go at a pace that is comfortable for them. Training, support and equipment is provided for all volunteers. If you are enthusiastic about walking, would like to help others get active and can give one morning, afternoon or evening a week then why not get in touch? Walks can take place anywhere in Mole Valley, during the daytime or evening and are a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

For more information, please contact Estelle Holmes at estelle.holmes@molevalley.gov.uk or 01306 879292.

Meet our lovely Walk Leaders

We currently have more than 20 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, all with a shared passion for walking!

Lorna & Paul Dowell

It's great to cover an area that has always inspired us as walkers.

Walk: Headley Heath and Box Hill

Lorna and Paul Dowell
Lorna and Paul Dowell

Vivian Adams

Viv takes the Denbies walk and keeps everyone on their toes!

Walk: Denbies

Vivian Adams
Vivian Adams

Susan Cox & Rosemary Hobbs

Susan (left) loves to combine walking with a 'good chat'. Rosemary has a good knowledge of the common and loves being outdoors.

Walk: North Holmwood

Susan Cox and Rosemary Hobbs
Susan Cox and Rosemary Hobbs

Rosemary Horton

Rosemary helps with the Leatherhead walk from the Leisure Centre and always has a smile on her face!

Walk: Leatherhead

Rosemary Horton
Rosemary Horton

Mandy Cooper

Walking is so beneficial to our health and mental state. We all love to chat and everybody is always made to feel very welcome. The most important thing on our walks is smiles and laughter!

Walks: Brockham and Buckland

Mandy Cooper
Mandy Cooper

Sheila Baddeley

Sheila believes walking is beneficial on two levels - not only is it doing us good physically but mentally too. Conversations flow, friendships are formed, and it's much cheaper than the gym!

Walk: Bookham Common

Sheila Baddeley
Sheila Baddeley