The Ramblers Society manage the national Walking for Health initiative at a national level, giving people the opportunity to take part in short, free and local health walks in communities across England.
Sedgemoor District Council now manages the Health Walks in Sedgemoor programme and aim to have as many local, accessible and well supported Health Walks across the district for residents to join. Sedgemoor's scheme is run by the Housing, Health and Wellbeing team and is accredited with the national Walking for Health Initiative. Our Health Walks are led by trained Health Walk leaders who volunteer their time to plan scenic and accessible routes for all. The scheme caters for complete beginners as well as more intermediate level walkers and last between 30 and 90mins in duration, often with the option of refreshments at the end.
Why not join one of our Health Walks and you could make new friends, relieve stress and improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It is an ideal choice for people of all ages and fitness levels. Regular walking has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke, some cancers as well as helping to prevent and improve mental health.
Our Health Walk locations include Cheddar, Burnham on Sea, Bridgwater and the villages of Nether Stowey, Steart and Stogursey and cater for beginners through to intermediate level walkers. No walk lasts longer than 90 minutes, with most lasting up to one hour. For those walks attached to GP surgeries, it is important to note that you DO NOT need to be a patient of the surgery to attend. They are open to all.
For a copy of the February programme, please see Related Documents below. Please note that the 'Bridgwater and Surroundings' health walk planned for Saturday 16th February 2019 has been cancelled due to volunteer unavailability. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
To understand more about the national Walking for Health initiative, please visit: Walking for Health
Do you enjoy walking and wish to help others to reap the benefits also? If so, why not attend one of Sedgemoor District Council's free Walk Leader training courses. The training is ideal if you would like to lead a Health Walk in your local community on a voluntary basis. It is a 5 hour course full of practical advice on leading safe and enjoyable walks for all and includes a demonstration walk and tips on how to keep people motivated. The next training course will be held in March 2019. Please contact us for further information.