Get walking in Winchester

Press Release: 30/04/2014

Stanmore Health Walk

People in the Winchester district are being encouraged to discover the wonders of walking during the Ramblers’ biggest-ever free short walks festival from 3-10 May.

During ‘Get Walking Week’ people are invited to come along to one of the Winchester Health Walks. These weekly walks are approximately an hour long and are led by trained walk leaders.

  • Mondays, 10.30am – Tourist Information Centre, Winchester
  • Tuesdays, 10.45am – The ‘Coach and Horses’, Sutton Scotney
  • Tuesdays, 1.30pm – Opposite the entrance to Alresford Recreation Centre, Alresford
  • Wednesdays, 9.30am – Friarsgate Surgery (the old building)
  • Wednesdays, 1.30pm - Post Office (Cromwell road), Stanmore
  • Thursdays, 10.15am – The Square, Bishops Waltham
  • Fridays, 10am – Costa Coffee, Weeke

In addition to the usual walk, a shorter walk also takes place (10-30mins) on the second Thursday of every month in Bishops Waltham (at 9.45am).

Winchester Health Walks is part of Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, run by Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Walking for Health aims to provide everyone with access to short, free and friendly walks within easy reach of where they live, helping them to become and stay active.

Although walking is very straightforward, the benefits are endless. It’s good for your health, it lifts your mood, it’s a sociable activity you can do with family or friends and a great way to meet new people. It also counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity people should be doing each week.

Only 61% of adults in England are meeting this recommendation, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Simon Barnett, director of walking development at the Ramblers, said:

We’ve seen first-hand what a positive impact regular walking can have on people’s lives, especially through Walking for Health, so we are keen to open up opportunities to everyone so they can benefit too.

We want as many people as possible to step out during Get Walking Week so that they can experience the benefits walking has to offer. You don’t need any special equipment to join in, so why not go along to one of these walks and take those important first steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle?

Lydia Lockhart, Winchester City Council’s Active Lifestyles Officer and coordinator for the Winchester Health Walks, said:

Walking is such wonderful way to get to know your local area and make new friends that it hardly even feels like exercise! You don’t have to be fit to start and everyone is welcome. We’d love to welcome some new faces at Winchester Health Walks during Get Walking Week. It really is a great opportunity for those who’ve been thinking about getting active to take that first step. You can be sure it’ll be a friendly and gentle way to start along the pathway to better health.