Health walks

Welcome to the Stevenage Health Walks programme, part of a countywide scheme of free, led walks, which aim to help people get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits of being more active.

Why walk?

Health walks are an ideal way of taking exercise, they are:

  • Suitable for all ages and abilities local, short and free
  • Sociable - walk in groups and meet new people
  • Strengthen your heart, muscles and bones
  • Good for your wellbeing - de-stress and increase your confidence.

Walk grading

The walks cater for all abilities and are graded to give you an idea of what to expect so you can choose the most suitable walk for you.

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Grade 1 walk - suitable for people who have not walked much before, are looking to be more active, or are returning from injury or illness. They are up to 30 minutes on flat ground or gentle slopes with mainly firm surfaces and no steps or stiles.

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Grade 2 walk - suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. They are between 30 - 60 minutes and may include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles.
Health-Walk-3-Feet Grade 3 walk - for people looking for more challenging walks and increasing their level of physical activity. They are generally 45 - 90 minutes and may include steeper slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and stiles.

 

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Accessible by public transport

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Refreshments available during and / or after the walk

Getting started

Are you ready to walk? Make sure you turn up 15 minutes before your first walk and fill in a simple medical form from your leader or visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk.

  • You don’t need special equipment – just some comfortable shoes and waterproofs. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water.
  • If you are in any doubt about joining a health walk contact your doctor and talk to the walk leaders about our specific needs at your first walk.
  • In the interest of safety for all walkers, it has been decided that dogs (even those on leads) should not be brought along on the walks.
  • Walkers receive 10% off hot drinks in Costellos Cafe after the Wednesday walks.

Timetable of walks

Spring / Summer 2018

Walks Dates Times Meeting point Grading
Try it walk
Please ask walk leaders if you would like to try a very gentle walk to begin with.
Wednesdays 10am Costellos Café, Fairlands Valley Park

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Fairlands Gentle Warm-up Walk

Every Wednesday 10 to
10.30am
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Fairlands Brisk Step Out Walk Every Wednesday 10.30
to
11.30am

Costellos Café, Fairlands Valley Park

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Stanborough Lakes
Circular walk
26 April 10am - Leader Pauline Smith

Stevenage Bus Station for 10am 300 Bus (stop J) to Stanborough Lakes (optional cafe after)

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Oaklands Area
Circular Walk

31 May

10.30am - Leader Gerrard Aldrich Stevenage Bus Station for 10.30am 300 Bus (stop J) to Oaklands (optional pub after)

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Knebworth and return walk 28 June 10.30am - Leader Carole Willsher Junction Ashdown Road and Brook Drive SG2 at 10.30am (optional Pub after). 10.15 Car share from Fairlands Valley Park

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Great Offley Circular Walk 26 July 10.30am - Leader Gerrard Aldrich

Stevenage Bus Station for 10.35 101 Bus (stop c) to Offley post office (optional pub after)

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St Ives to Houghton Mill & return Walk (day trip) 2 August 10.30am - Leader Gerrard Aldrich

Costellos Cafe’ for car share to Trumpington park & ride bus to St Ives (half way cafe or own snacks)

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Great Ashby Circular Walk 30 August 10.30am - Leader Gerrard Aldrich Great Ashby Shopping Centre (on 7 bus route) (optional cafe after)

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Jordans Mill, Biggleswade Walk 20 September 10.30am - Leader Gerrard Aldrich Costellos Cafe’ for car share to overflow car park at Jordan’s Mill (optional cafe after)

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In the event of severe or adverse weather conditions, please check with the listed contact if the walks will continue to take place. Please ensure you wear appropriate sturdy footwear (walking boots or good water proof shoes) for all longer walks.

Comprehensive route details will be made available ahead of each social walk. Please contact a walk leader for more information. Where buses are used to reach the walks starting destination, a bus will be available to return to Stevenage. Timings for this will be flexible and available from the walks leaders. In the event of severe of adverse weather conditions, please check with the listed contact if the walks will continue to take place. Please ensure you wear appropriate sturdy footwear (walking boots or good water proof shoes) for all longer walks.

What you need to know

  • Start slowly and always walk at a pace you are comfortable with - you should still be able to chat to the person next to you!
  • Brisk walking brings the most benefits (you will feel a little warmer and breathing a little harder).
  • Current medical advice suggests you should aim to take moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week
  • For information on getting to the walks via public transport call Traveline on 0870 608 2608 or log on to www.intalink.org.uk

Ready for the next step?

Social Walks continue to run on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Please visit the North Herts Ramblers website for information about these and other longer available walks www.northhertsramblers.webs.com/

Alternatively you can contact the Countryside Management Service to find out about guided walking maps and routes for the area and details of other local walking groups or schemes available.

Get involved

We have lots of opportunities for volunteering with Hertfordshire Health Walks whether you are interested in leading, promoting or developing the walks. Get in touch or visit the website to find out more.

Find out more

If you don’t have a walk in your area and want to start your own let us know – we’re happy to come and talk to you and your community group or organisation about the benefits of walking and how to get started.

For more information about Stevenage Health Walks, contact:
Gerrard Aldrich 07887 652192 or Pauline Smith 07983 557168
Ryan Ansell: ryan.ansell@stevenage.gov.uk

Contact details

Gerrard Aldrich
07887 652192 

Pauline Smith
07983 557168

Ryan Ansell
ryan.ansell@stevenage.gov.uk