Healthy Walks

This page was uploaded on: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Walking for HealthWalking for Health is a low cost and cost effective way of helping people in local areas to take control of their own health and lead more active lives by taking part in regular led health walks.
Walking is the best choice for regular healthy exercise. Unlike most other forms of exercise:


  • Walking is free and requires no special equipment or training
  • Almost everyone is capable of walking, anywhere and it is safe, low impact, with a low risk of injuries and accidents.



Regular walking will:

  • Improve your heart health
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Build strength in muscles and bones
  • Build stamina and give you more energy
  • Boost your immune system
  • Help you breathe more efficiently
  • Aid restful sleep
  • Build confidence and mental well-being


What is a health walk?

A free led group walk usually lasting between 30-90 minutes. It should start at a slow pace to allow warm up, speed up for the main part of the walk and then slow towards the end to allow cool down. It should make the individual feel warmer and sweat a little, increase their rate of breathing and raise their pulse – but not so fast that they cannot talk.

What is Walking for Health?

Walking for Health encourages people of all ages to join regular, short walks in their own communities. Fun, free and supportive, which is why once they've tried it walkers tend to stick at it. Led by a trained walk leader, the walk helps boost the health of participants whilst enjoying local, natural spaces in the company of others. The social side of walking can be as important for wellbeing as the walk itself. There are more than 600 led heath walk scheme in England, many of which offer a number of walks each week.

What do I need?

  • Comfortable casual shoes, hat and gloves during winter and suitable coat
  • Loose fitting clothing allowing free movement
  • Any medication that you might need


Listen to the Forest FM radio interviewing about Ringwood Healthy Walks with Craig Summers, the new Volunteer Walk Leader.


Healthy Walks in the New Forest


 Entry level/wheelchair users -  under 30 mins
  Looking to increase activity  - 30-60 mins 
  More challenging – 45-60 mins    

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Location Time Day Meet Contact

Avon Valley

(Not included as open Health Walk)
Buddy Walks

(Regular accompanied short walks for older people)
Ringwood Day Centre
Trinity Centre,
Christchurch Road,

Ringwood BH24 1DH
Various Various Ringwood

Tel: 01425 479415


Barton On Sea 10.30 am Weekly Marine Drive East Tel: 01202 477205 
email:  jagbest@ntlworld.com
Blashford Buggies 10.30 am -12 pm Alternate Fridays Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ off the A338

01425 472760

email: blashfordlakes@hwt.org.uk

Fordingbridge 10.30 am 1st & 3rd Thursday Fordingbridge Library

Tel: 01590  646671

email craig.daters@newforestnpa.gov.uk

& Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Community Centre,  High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7NY Fenwick2, Pikes Hill, Lyndhurst
SO43 7NG

10.30am Friday Lyndhurst Community Centre or Fenwick 2 (Please call for dates)

Tel: 023 8028 2862

Dates for June 2015 (PDF)

Milford Health Walks

Cafe, Milford Village Community Centre,
Sea Road,

SO41 0PH
10.15am Every Friday Café,
Milford Village Community Centre
Tel: 023 8084 1341
Contact: Jane Gibbons

Library, Christchurch Road, Ringwood  BH24 1DW
Health Centre,
The Close, Ringwood  
BH24 1JY
Cornerways Medical Centre, Gorley Road, Poulner   
BH24 1SD












Approx once a month on Tues




Approx once a month on Tues



Every other








Ringwood Health Centre



Cornerways Surgery

Tel: 01962 846091


Email: marilyn.meeks@hants.gov.uk


February - November 2015


Library, Christchurch Road, Ringwood  BH24 1DW
10am Sunday once a month Library Car Park

Tel: 07876 646207
Email: ringwoodhealthywalks@hotmail.com

Blashford Lakes
Nature Reserve

Ellingham Drove, Blashford, BH24 3PJ
(off the A338)
11am 2nd and 4th Wednesday Tern Hide Car Park

Tel: 01425 655511
Email: nigeltowen@aol.com

Totton Health Walks

10.30 am

Monthly on a Wednesday

Cenotaph, Centre of Totton, SO40 3AP

01425 482773 or 07788 558864 email: healthywalks@cfnf.org.uk

Eling Health Walks


2pm Monthly on a
at the Tennis Court, Eling Recreation Ground Vanessa Pearce
023 8086 7952  for more details

Waterside Health Centre Walks
Beaulieu Road,

Hythe SO45 5WX





Alternate Mondays


Alternate Thursdays

Various locations

Tel: 07811 361319
Email: mikecrobs@gmail.com

More Details

(external website)

Useful links

Links to Healthy Walking related websites can be found by following this link.

Important information

These walks are intended for, and should only be undertaken by persons in basic good health. If you are in any doubt about whether you are medically fit to undertake any walk, you should contact your doctor before participating. You are responsible for your own, and any accompanying under 18's safety. Volunteer Walks Leaders are not trained to provide first aid. All walkers walk at their own risk. Only assistance dogs are permitted on the walks.


Please Note: Walk leaders are volunteers, without whom there would be no walks

Walk leaders

We are always keen to have more walk leaders - if you are interested and would like further information, please contact our Healthy Walks Co-ordinator:Telephone: 01425 482773 Email: healthywalks@cfnf.org.uk


If you would like to enrol on a Walk Leader training course please download the form, complete it and email back to healthywalks@cfnf.org.uk


Free Walk Leader Training

Following the success of the its Volunteer Walk Leader training, Community First New Forest hopes to offer further opportunities for people to train to organise and lead healthy walks across the New Forest. 

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