Walks for health
We have now suspended all Ramblers Walking for Health activities – including group walks, social activities and other meetings. All these activities have stopped until further notice, subject to further developments.
To help you to stay active during this difficult time, here are some links to local walks...
Keep active and creative at home with these great ideas!
Join us on fun walks around the borough led by trained volunteer walk leaders, or become a volunteer walk leader yourself!
- Fun! Explore your area, get out into the fresh air, meet new people.
- Healthy! Regular brisk walking can help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, improve blood cholesterol levels and help control diabetes.
- Keeps you fit! Walking is an ideal form of exercise. Regular walking helps keep bones and joints healthy. A brisk walk can help you lose weight.
Abbey Track Walk
Suspended until further notice.
These were at the Abbey Stadium, Wednesdays at 11am. Join us on walks around the Abbey Track led by a trained volunteer walk leader.
Arrow Valley Health Walks
Suspended until further notice and at least until 31st May. Please check the Walking for Health website for the latest information.
A variety of health walks were held at 11am every Monday and Thursday (excluding some bank holidays) from Arrow Valley Countryside Centre.
Tending to last 30 minutes to 1 hour, our walks had a volunteer as walk leader, another as a middle marker, and another as the back marker to help if anyone has a problem. Many leaders are first aid trained.
Mondays are for all abilities and you choose your own pace. The walks are on made-up surfaces, and when the ground is dry include grassy meadows and a few steps unless we have walkers with pushchairs or wheelchairs – please tell us in advance. The walks take up to an hour and are usually between 2 and 3 miles with shorter routes optional.
Thursdays are longer, brisker and could involve walking on uneven ground and through fields.
New walkers will need to fill in a form on arrival, so aim to be here 15 minutes early for your first time.
You can lead this walk, or be a middle or back marker. If you want to help volunteer there are training events at regular points throughout the year - please contact us about this here.
Webheath Wanderers health walks
This is no longer part of the Walking For Health Scheme. It is now an informal group of walkers, not a led walk. For more information contact Anne Coombs 01527 546017. During the Coronavirus outbreak some members may still turn out.
Every Tuesday at 10.30am from Webheath Village Hall on Heathfield Road (B97 5SQ).
They last about an hour mostly on flat surfaces without stiles using a mixture of urban and country paths, with some inclines. The group often visits local pubs afterwards.
Our thanks to:
Thanks to all our Walks for Health volunteer walk leaders, who make these walks possible.
Thanks too to The Independence Trust who we are working with to bring these free, safe and friendly walks to your community. If you would like to find out more about local walks in and around Redditch, visit the Walking for Health website.