A number of organised health walks take place near to where you live. Walking can provide lots of healthy benefits:
- walking can make you feel good
- give you more energy
- reduce stress
- help you sleep better
- keep your heart healthy
- reduce blood pressure
- help you to manage your weight
Walking is the perfect activity for health as almost everyone can do it, you can do it anywhere and anytime and its free! You can start slowly and building up gently and it's a chance to make new friends.
Are you interested in walking or other activities but don't know where to start? For information on what's available in Surrey including free taster sessions search the Activity Finder online at Active Surrey or call 01483 518944.
Many healthy walks groups exist across Surrey so you're sure to find a walk near you. There are also a number of Nordic Walking groups available. If there's nothing listed below near to where you live, try looking at the national Ramblers Wellbeing Walks website.
Surrey Heath Walking for Health
A variety of walks in Frimley, Windlesham, Lightwater and Chobham led by our team of park rangers and volunteers. Further information:
Walking for Health, Alice Holt Forest, Farnham
Every Tuesday from September to end March 1 hour morning walks at 10am from the Café on the Green.
Longer walks from April to August, Tuesdays at 6.30pm for 1.5 hours. Under 16s to be accompanied.
- Tel: 01420 520212
- Web: Alice Holt Forest website
Guildford Walking for Health
Find a walk in the Guildford area on the Ramblers Walking for Wellbeing webpages.
Woking Walking for Health
Find a walk in the Woking area on the Ramblers Walking for Wellbeing webpages.
Runnymede Walking for Health
Find a walk in the Runnymede area on the Ramblers Walking for Wellbeing webpages.
Age UK Surrey Health Walks in Guildford
Park Barn at 10.15am on Wednesdays and Merrow at 9.45am on Thursdays.
Further information from Annabel Pee, GO50 Projects Coordinator on:
Mole Valley Walk for Health
Walks of between 30 and 90 minutes held most days of the week in the Leatherhead and Dorking area. See website for details.
Waverley Health Walks
Weekly free walks by trained leaders across Waverley borough at different times. Details:
- Cranleigh 01483 274400
- Farnham 01252 723208
- Godalming 01483 417282
- Haslemere 01428 658484
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: Waverley walks for health
East Surrey Walking for Health
Free health walks. Every day except Saturday. Led by trained volunteer walk leaders in various, mainly rural locations. Walks range from 30 to 90 minutes. No need to book, just turn up 10 minutes before start time to register.
- Tel: 01737 779979
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: Healthy walks - YMCA East Surrey website
Elmbridge Health Walks and Cycle Rides
Guided walks from easy to Nordic walking and cycle rides led by trained volunteers on most days of the year. Information from Fiona Paterson, Health Development Officer on:
Epsom and Ewell Health Walks
Volunteer-led weekly 1 hour walks of up to 3 miles held every Wednesday and Sunday at 10am. 30 minute walks on Mondays at 10am (particularly suited to those recovering from illness). All walks held at different locations through parks and countryside in the Epsom area. Further information from:
Horley Health Walks
For information on walks around the Horley area contact:
Tel: 01737 355304
Spelthorne Walking for Health
Free short volunteer led walks around Spelthorne suitable for beginners, all year round. Starting at either 10.30am or 2pm on various days of the week in a variety of locations. Details from:
Health Walks in Coulsdon and Kenley
Find a walk in the Croydon area on the Ramblers Walking for Wellbeing webpages.
Crawley Health Walks
Find a walk in the Crawley area on the Ramblers Walking for Wellbeing webpages.
Sutton Befrienders Social Walking Group
Walks of up to 45 minutes at 10.30am Mondays in Wallington, Wednesdays in Carshalton and Thursday mornings in Cheam. All walks finishing in a café. The aim of the group is to meet new people, get some fresh air and take some gentle exercise. Contact Irene on:
- Tel 020 8661 5917
- Email: email@example.com
Nordic walking with Surrey Striders
Taster Sessions and Beginner workshops available during the week and Saturday afternoons in and around the Guildford/Woking area. Progress on to Nordic walking – effective, fun and sociable for any age and fitness level. Contact Julia Tilbury on:
- Tel: 01483 224892 or 07837 130100.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Goode Nordic Walking
Get fitter and stronger in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Taster sessions and courses available at Fairlands (GU3), Guildford and other locations by arrangement. Fantastic form of exercise suitable for all ages and abilities.