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Hertfordshire Health Walks

Do you want to include more walking in your day? If so, join one of our free, friendly and safe Health Walks.

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Health Walks are easy to join - registration is free and you only do it once. You can book a place in advance so that we know you are coming and can let you know if anything changes.

We have a range of walks to suit all abilities and backgrounds. Most walks are offered Monday to Friday. Some of our longer walks are on the weekends.

Every walk on our timetables has a grade. Find out what they mean.

Keeping you safe, what to expect and our code of conduct

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Join a fantastic team of 200 volunteers from all walks of life

 

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First time?

First time? Save time on the day by registering as a new walker online.


or arrive 10 mins early before your first walk to complete a New Walker Form. Our walk leaders are ready to welcome you and will keep to a pace that is comfortable for you.

 

First Steps walks

First Steps walks are for people who are returning from illness and injury and those who haven’t been physically active in a while. The free walks are on flat, smooth paths and are led by qualified volunteers.

First Steps walks timetable

First steps walks
 Place When?
South Oxhey  WD19 7AX
Meet in the large car park All Saints Church, Gosforth Lane
Mondays
10am
Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1AE    
The White Bridge by the public car park, Leighton Buzzard Road 
Mondays 11.15am
Bushey in Hertsmere
Meet at King George Café, King George Recreation Ground, King George Avenue
WD23 4NT
Tuesdays
10.30am
Highfield Park in St Albans  AL4 0DB
YMCA Highfield Park Centre, 59 Russett Drive
Tuesdays
1.30pm
Knebworth Sports Pavilion
Knebworth Recreation Ground, SG3 6AH
(access by vehicle via Watton Road, on foot via Stevenage Road)
Alternate Tuesdays from 1 Nov 10.30am 
Millstream PH
Cambridge Road, Hitchin, SG4 0JH
Alternate Tuesdays from 1 Nov
11am 
Hatfield First Steps
Centre of Market Place (near the Town Inn), Hatfield, AL10 0LJ
Wednesday
2pm
Castle Park in Bishop’s Stortford    
Meet at the entrance to Castle Park by the Link Road car park, CM23 2EL
 Fridays 10:15am

 

 

 

Health walk leader and walker

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Health Walk timetables

All walks are free with no booking required. Just turn up at least 10 mins before the start time shown, as they set off promptly and there will be a pre-walk briefing.

 

 

What our walkers had to say:

“The walks help me to stay young – I am so much fitter now that I can walk faster than my son and even my grandchildren struggle to keep up!  At first, I was always getting out of breath, but I don’t now.  I feel better than I have in years.”

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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.

 

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Advice for walkers


Before you join a walk


  • 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.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • If you require assistance or care in your day-to-day life then please ask someone to accopmany you on the walk.
  • 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 familiarise yourself with our Code of Conduct.

On the day


  • 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.
  • Walks might be altered or cancelled without prior notice in bad weather or hazardous conditions. Do not attend if the Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning.
  • 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.

 

 

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