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.

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Walk for Health walkers can get a 30% discount when they join the Ramblers.

Changes and additional walks

Spring Walk Specials

The Guildford Story - Thursday 19 April 10.30am meet Tunsgate Arch, Guildford High Street

Discover the history of Guildford as a centre of industry, trade and transport. By looking at the Castle, the Bowling Green, Quarry Street, St Mary's Church and the Museum, the Town Bridge and the site of the original ford. Then up the High Street to the Undercroft, the Angel Hotel, Guildhall, Guildford House and Abbot's Hospital.

This is only a half-mile walk in the town centre so might not appeal to those who want to keep moving.

The River Wey walk - Friday 18 May, 10.30am start at the town bridge (bottom of the high street near Debenhams)

Walk along the river towpath where you will discover how the River Wey has been important to the growth and development of Guildford since the 6th century, from the earliest settlement to the advent of mills, ironworks and wood yards. This beautiful walk takes you through Ferry Lane and on to St. Catherine's Hill, the site of a fair since 1308 and from here back into town using the towpath, which has been used for generations for work and pleasure.

The walk from Tunsgate Square to St Catherine's chapel is about 1.5 miles - the return trip is about three miles.

In partnership with the Rambler's Spring Festival we will be offering two walks....

Words & Music Town Centre Walk - Tuesday 1 May meet 10.30am Pippbrook Council Offices, outside reception. Finish by midday. This will replace the regular Tuesday walk.

The Deepdene Trail - Friday 4 May meet 10am Pippbrook, outside reception. Finish by midday.

A historic tour full of tales of the Deepdene Estate and it's residents, including a visit to the mausoleum and finishing at Dorking Golf Club where you can buy teas/coffees or stay for lunch.

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