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Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire Health Walks

Our countywide initiative of free, led walks aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.

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Walking group next to a river
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Walk grades


All of our timetables show walk grades so you can make sure the walks suit your abilities.

1st steps
Our shortest walk, 20-30 minutes, flat and even ground, gentle pace, no stiles, regular stopping places.

Grade 1
30 minutes, about 1.5 miles, gentle hills, no stiles.

Grade 2
45 minutes, about 2 miles, moderate hills, faster pace, possible stiles.

Grade 3
1 hour, about 3 miles, moderate hills, faster pace, possible stiles.

Grade 4
Up to 90 minutes, 4-5 miles, possible steep inclines and stiles.

Grade 4+
Longer than 90 minutes, about 5-6 miles, classified as a progression walk.
 


If you live in Broxbourne visit your borough council's website for health walks.

 

Advice for walkers

  • Check the 'grade' of the walk to make sure it suits your abilities.
  • If you have any health conditions or injuries, seek medical advice before participating and inform your walk leader.
  • Dress for the weather and wear suitable walking shoes.
  • All walks will start and finish at the same place, unless otherwise stated.
  • Many walks finish at a tea or coffee shop, but consider bringing water with you, particularly on hot days.
  • If you leave a walk early, please let the leader know.
  • Smoking is not permitted on any walk.
  • Please note that Health Walks set off promptly at the start time listed on the programme.
  • If you are attending your first Health Walk please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of the walk.
  • Please arrive punctually for walks, at least 10 minutes before the start time. This will allow you to sign the register for the walk and hear the pre-walk briefing from the walk leaders.
  • Walks might be altered or cancelled without prior notice in bad weather or hazardous conditions.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • If you require assistance or care in your day-to-day life then please also be accompanied on the walk.
  • Dogs are welcome, at the walk leader's discretion. Attend the walk on your own in the first instance to check. Keep dogs on a short lead at all times and walk to the rear of the group if others are uncomfortable around dogs.
  • If you're getting there by bus, find timetables on Intalink's website.
  • To ensure the safety of walkers, all walks have been risk assessed and are led by trained leaders, many of whom are qualified in first aid. However, all walkers are asked to acknowledge upon registration that they agree to taking part at their own risk.
  • Please do not attend a Health Walk if the Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning. All Health Walks will be cancelled.
  • Further questions?  Contact us to find out more.
  • Please familiarise yourself with our Code of Conduct.

 

Volunteer as a Health Walk leader to make friends, improve your health and support the scheme.

Hertfordshire Health Walks are coordinated by the Countryside Management Service.

Our schemes are accredited by the national Walking for Health campaign.

 

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01992 588433

Countryside Management Service Office (Car Park H)
Environment Department (CHG001)
County Hall
Hertford
SG13 8DN

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