Get up, Get out, Get walking!
Lewisham Health Walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders. The walks are 20-90 minutes long. We end with a cup of tea where possible.
Health walking is really easy. You do a 5-minute stroll to warm up, at least 20 minutes at a brisk pace and a 5-minute stroll to cool down. A ‘brisk pace’ will be different for everybody. Walk so you feel a little warmer, breathe a bit heavier and your heart is pumping a bit faster. you need to be able to have a chat and not be too out of breath.
Go at a pace that suits you. The walks are suitable for people of all abilities find one that is right for you. Come when you can.
You can just turn up at the start of the walk but for the walks with varied routes, we recommend you contact us before your first walk. Please book for walks where indicated. For a full list of all our walks please see the Walking for Health site.
What to expect –
- Walk leaders will be at the meeting place before the start of the walk.
- If this is your first walk please click here to fill out the registration form on the Walking for Health website (you will be asked to create a new account). The walk leader will have registration forms to fill out on the day if you prefer to do it then.
- One leader will walk near the front of the group with the faster people. Another walk leader will be at the back with people who need to walk more slowly.
- You can walk at a pace that suits you.
- Expect to meet new people, make friends and enjoy yourself!
What to wear/bring
- No special equipment is needed.
- Wear clothing that is loose and suitable for the weather – layers are best.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes or trainers.
For most people, the walks are beneficial and should not cause any problem. However, we ask everyone starting the Lewisham Health Walks Scheme to fill out a registration form. This gives consent to contact and that you confirm, that you walk at your own risk. You are recommended to seek medical advice before starting this kind of physical activity if you have any health concerns (for example, if you have heart trouble, chest pain, dizziness or other pain made worse by activity.
Walk Leader Training
This FREE Walking for Health training is for volunteers, health champions and anyone interested in leading community walks. You will learn how to plan and lead safe and enjoyable health walks in Lewisham. Then, you will be able to join our team of volunteers and help with one of our ‘Walking for Health’ groups or set up a walk for your own community organisation.
Being a walk leader is great fun: you will meet new people and get fit at the same time!
Please contact us to find out more and to book your place on the next walk leader training.
Contact Jenny Budd (Lewisham Healthy Walks Co-ordinator)