Health Walks in North Somerset will gradually return as restrictions lift over the coming weeks. There will be restrictions on numbers but we very much hope we can welcome anybody who wishes to attend a health walk. All walkers that attend will be expected to adhere to health and safety guidance in relation to Covid-19.
Return dates for our health walk groups are detailed on the national site:
We are putting many of our health walk routes online to support you to continue to walk in your community:
Find out more about our health walk groups: Health walks
Before Covid-19 the Scheme welcomed over 300 regular walkers a week in and around Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Winscombe, Long Ashton and Yatton.
Our walks are led by friendly trained volunteer walk leaders who welcome you to join their groups. Many walk leaders are also first aid trained.
If you are new or returning to exercise, Walking for Health offer the opportunity to improve fitness at a pace that suits you with the majority of groups providing a number of walks so that all abilities are supported.
We also know that Health Walks is really important for social engagement as well as the physical benefits exercise brings. If you have been feeling isolated during Covid-19, health walks can certainly help you re-connect with others again.
When you arrive at a health walk for the first time you will be asked to complete a walker registration form. The leader will tell you about the route at the start; we try to avoid steep hills, stiles, many steps or very muddy/slippery surfaces. However, be prepared for the odd hill and stile, grass, uneven surfaces or puddles after rain. Please wear sensible shoes, preferably walking shoes or trainers, especially during the autumn and winter months.
Please note only registered assistance dogs are permitted on the health walks.
Walk leader Contact details:
|Healthy Living Centre||Mike Jones||01934 404045|
|Clevedon||Lynne Purcell||01275 852 663|
|Long Ashton||Karen Barrett||07855 402768|
|Nailsea||Diane Bennett||01275 810 067|
|Portishead||Chris Lockyer||01275 848281|
|Weston||John Western||01934 511 808|
|Winscombe||dawn Organ||01934 853473|
|Yatton||Marion Davies||01934 833 605|
Use our interactive map to find the meeting places.
For more general information about the national Walking for Health initiative visit: Walking for Health website.
Would you be interested in becoming a Health Walk Leader?
If you would like to help others get healthier, you love being out in the fresh air and you are reasonably active yourself, then becoming a volunteer health walk leader might be for you.
We run a volunteer health walk leader training day twice a year which will give you the skills you need to support a current health walk or start a new one in your area.
New leaders can help to start new walks in new locations and can help to make sure that all abilities are catered for. There are many ways you could help besides leading the walks, such as helping with route planning, risk assessing, being a backmarker or taking on other paperwork that is crucial to the success of the health walks programme.
Our next training day is TBC. Please get in touch if you are interested in attending.