Health Walks

Walking-for-Health-AC-Logo_RGB_lowresWalking for Health is a national initiative - a partnership between the Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Care - working towards encouraging physical activity for everyone.

We want to encourage people from all walks of life to come and enjoy our programme, especially those people who are doing very little or no exercise at present.

The walk programme is a gentle way to begin to exercise. All walks are led by a trained walk leader and have a back marker, so no matter what your pace you can join in our friendly walks.

You can find out more information on the scheme by visiting the Walking for health website.

Adverse weather conditions

Due to adverse weather conditions that may occur on the day of the walk, the walk leaders have the overall decision to cancel the walk for health walk. If walkers are still wishing to go on the walk, they can at their own risk, but it will not be under walk for health.

Be physically active

Health benefits of walking

Walking has a number of health benefits. These include:

  • providing a sense of wellbeing and lifting the spirits
  • boosting the body’s immune system
  • increasing the strength of your heart and lungs
  • weight loss
  • lowering blood pressure
  • reducing the risk of strokes
  • promoting mental well being through socialising with others.
Getting the most from Health Walks

Before taking part in one of the walks, please inform the walk leader of any health problems, check with your doctor that it is alright for you to take part. You will be asked to fill in a simple health form before your first walk so that the walk leader is aware of any health issues you may have. Please try to arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to complete this form.
Here are a few things to remember before coming along to one of our walks:

  • the walks leave on time so arrive in plenty of time to park and register before the start of the walk
  • the walk leader will advise of any hazards on the route, but you are responsible for your own health and safety
  • wear suitable clothing for the weather
  • in hot weather bring a drink of water
  • walk at a pace which makes you feel a little out of breath but still able to talk easily
  • if you are likely to need assistance on the walk, please bring a friend or carer with you
  • the walk leader will set the pace for the group. The back marker will walk at the pace of the slowest walker
  • please tell one of the leaders if you wish to leave the walk or feel unwell
  • dogs are welcome on all of the walks, but they must be kept on the lead at all times and to stay near the back of the walking group to avoid any trips
  • please sign out at the end of the walks.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the council by emailing healthwalks@basingstoke.gov.uk or by phoning 01256 845284.

Walkers' own risk assessment

Risk assessments are carried out on the routes and every possible care is taken by the walk leaders to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable walk. Please listen to the walk leaders briefing at the start of the walk which will alert you to any hazards along the route.

When crossing roads please observe the Highway Code at all times, crossing at the safest point and keeping to the footpaths where possible. The walks are undertaken at your own risk.

Weekly walks programme

Monday walks

Walk Time Walk information
Eastrop
RG21 4QE
10.45am A choice of two walks:
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a fast pace.
Short walk of 60 minutes at a medium pace.
Bank holidays is a joint walk.
Overton Recreation
RG25 3HD
10am A choice of two walks:
Long walk at 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
Short walk at 60 minutes at a slow/medium pace.
Overton Recreation Centre 10.30am This walk runs on the 2nd Monday of every month.
It is a very slow walk of 10-30 minutes and not for the very abled walker.
This walk is seasonal from April to September.
Rucstall Community Centre - Oaks and Acorns generational walk for health 11am Short walk of 60 minute at a slow/medium pace in rural area around the community centre, lots of activities to do for the children, including poo sticks, teddy bears picnic in the summer months, autumn foliage find, winter wonderland. All families welcome.

Tuesday walks

Walk Time Walk information
Ridgeway Community Centre
RG22 5BN
10.30am 1st Tuesday of the month
Short walk for 60 minutes at a medium pace.
Basing Wood
RG24 9AE
11.30am Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
Special walk ran by Sanctuary Peer Supported Living
(please contact peer supported living to go on this walk - 01256 465334)
1.30pm Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium pace.

Wednesday walks (daytime and evening)

Walk Time Walk information
Gill Nethercott
RG28 7HP
10am A choice of two walks:
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
Short walk of 60 minutes at medium pace.
Beggarwood Community Centre 10.30am First Wednesday of the month a long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium pace.
Aquadrome - Leisure Park
RG22 6PG
11am A choice of two walks:
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a fast pace.
Short walk of 60 minutes at a medium pace.
Meet in the café of the Aquadrome
Evening walk - various locations 7pm This walk runs from September to December only and starts from various locations. All walks are circular start and finish at the meeting point.
The walk is beween 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.

30 October 2019 - Sainsbury's, Hatch Warren RG22 4TW
6 November 2019 - Aquadrome, Leisure Park RG22 6PG
13 November 2019 - Sainsbury's, Hatch Warren RG22 4TW
20 November 2019 - Aquadrome, Leisure Park RG22 6PG
27 November 2019 - Brighton Hill, Gillies Surgery RG22 4EH
4 December 2019 - Buckingham Parade RG22 5NB
11 December 2019 - Sainsbury's, Hatch Warren RG22 4TW
18 December 2019 - Aquadrome, Leisure Park RG22 6PG
Walk schedule for September to December 2019

Thursday walks

Walk Time Walk information
Walled Gardens
RG22 4ET
11am Two walks:
Long walk for 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
Short walk of 60 minutes at a slow/medium pace.
Baughurst Scout hut
RG26 5PW
10.30am This walk runs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium pace.

Friday walks

Walk Time Walk information
St Thomas Church
RG20 9XF
10.30am This walk runs on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday of the month.
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium pace.
The Rampant Cat Pub
RG20 9TP
10.30am This walk runs on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium pace.
Shakespeare medical
RG24 9DT
11am A choice of two walks:
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
Short walk of 60 minutes at a slow/medium pace.
Tadley Library
RG26 3JE
1.30pm This walk runs on the 1st Friday of the month.
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
Tadley Pool
RG26 3LA
1.30pm This walk runs on 3rd Friday of the month.
Long walk of 60-90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.

Sunday walks

Walk Time Walk information
Oakley Sunday walk
Long walk 60 to 90 minutes at a medium/fast pace.
2.30pm 27 October 2019 - Alongside the church in Wootton St Lawrence RG23 8PE
24 November 2019 - School layby, RG23 7JZ
29 December 2019 - from school layby
26 January 2020 - from school layby
23 February 2020 - from school layby
29 March 2020 - from Beach Park, Station Road, just off Andover Road
26 April 2020 - from school layby
31 May 2020 - school layby - 10th Anniversary walk
28 June 2020 - Steventon, from beside the Church RG23 7JW
26 July 2020 - St John's layby RG23 7JW
30 August 2020 - Wootton St Lawrence, by the church RG23 8PE

Documents

PDF document Accreditation Certificate (PDF) [353 kb]

Contact details


Health Walks team

Telephone: 01256 845284

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    Basingstoke
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    Fridays
    8.30am to 4.30pm
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