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Update - Walking Well
Please scroll down to read about a new TRAINING COURSE FOR NEW VOLUNTEER WALK LEADERS/HELPERS
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Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.NHS - walking and staying motivated
Whether you’d like to join a led walk over a short or long distance or just want to download a route to walk by yourself, you’ll find it below with information about walk programmes and walking routes.
Promoted walking routes
Extended list of walking routes in South Gloucestershire
The below routes vary from short circular walks designed to be easily accessible, to long-distance walking routes. We also have an extensive network of bridleways and have developed a range of circular rides.
Click on the menus below for a full list of walks in each area (all of the below are downloadable PDF leaflets except Frampton Cotterell which links to an external website):
Frome Valley walks
Severn way walks
Staple Hill walks
Within South Gloucestershire lie many hidden treasures that have helped shape the landscape as we know it today. Natural, industrial and cultural forces have played a part in making up the local environment that we live and work in.
A list of or heritage trails and links to the leaflets are below:
- Hatter’s trails – Frampton and Watley’s End
- Frampton and Coalpit Heath
- Pucklechurch village
- Industrial places
- nonconformist trail
- Tudor places trail
- Avon Valley Woodlands heritage walks
- Bradley Stoke heritage walks
- Emersons Green heritage walks
- Warmley Forest Park heritage walks
- Willsbridge Valley heritage walk
Easy access trails
Park trails are ideal to build up your walking or running distance on a measured and marked course. Originally set up in partnership with England Athletics and called Run England 3-2-1 routes, these vary in distance from 500 metres (posts every 100m) to multi-lap 5,000m trails (posts every 1,000m). Please click on the links below to view or download a route.
- Brinsham Fields, Yate BS37 7YF: 500 metres
- The Common, Yate BS37 4BU: 800 metres
- King George V, Downend BS16 6AU: 700 metres
- Lees Hill, Kingswood BS15 4TW: 500 metres
- Little Stoke Park BS16 6HR: approx. 1,400m lap, marked to 5,000m
- Page Park, Staple Hill BS16 5PJ: 700 metres
- Pomphrey Hill, Mangotsfield BS16 9NF: approx. 1,500m lap, marked to 5,000m
- Scott Park, Patchway BS34 5JR: 1,000 metres
- The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6BQ: approx. 1,600m lap, marked to 5,000m
- Three Brooks, Bradley Stoke BS32 9BS: 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 metres (out and back)
- Wickwar Playing Fields GL12 8JD: 1,000 metres
A Forgotten Landscape
This website will help you discover the stunning landscape adjacent to the River Severn with a series of 10 regular walks and 5 easy access walks. Either use the map (zoom in for more detail) or click on the individual leaflet icon below the map for more information about the route or to download a PDF version of the leaflet.
Out and About
The Out and About walking folders include maps of local walks of one to three miles – see the list below
- Out and about – Cadbury Heath
- Out and about – Kingswood
- Out and about – Patchway
- Out and about – Yate
- Out and about – Filton
- Out and about – Staple Hill
Being a volunteer
Our programme of free, led walks would not exist without our team of volunteers. As a volunteer you will:
- help and support people in your community to get active and healthy
- be involved in risk assessments and route planning
- attend a training day covering the basics of walk leading as well as health and safety considerations
- be encouraged to have First Aid training (with fees covered by us)
- receive ongoing support from our Public Health team
We also hold an annual ‘get together’ day where volunteers meet for refresher training, go for a walk and have lunch. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a walking volunteer.
TRAINING COURSE FOR NEW VOLUNTEER WALK LEADERS/HELPERS
Please choose one of the following and email email@example.com to book your place. If you can’t make either, let us know as there will be other dates, although not imminently.
Wednesday, 11th August 2021, 9.30am-1pm
The Chantry, Thornbury
There will be no refreshments at the venue, so please bring water. We’ll stop at a café in the high street about halfway through the session, after a short, demonstration walk. Please also bring suitable footwear and money for the café.
Thursday, 19th August 2021, 9.30am-12noon
Microsoft Teams meeting
You don’t need to download any software but you may wish to test the link in advance.
Other volunteer opportunities
For information about other volunteering opportunities in South Gloucestershire, visit our volunteer page.Other volunteer opportunities
Useful resources and information
- “We Are Undefeatable” – this new campaign aims to help people with long-term health conditions to get more active. Visit the campaign website for more information.
- Physical activity and mental health -Sport and physical activity has a powerful and positive effect on mental health. Visit the Sport England website to find out more.
- Benefits of exercise – Exercise is free, easy to take, has an immediate effect. It can also reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%.
- See our top 10 tips for motivation and change.
- One You national website – Further information about One You as well as a range of other One You apps – available from the Apple store or Google Play
- UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines – physical activity for adults and older adults – The guidelines emphasise the importance of building strength and balance for adults as well as 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity and, for older adults, activities to improve balance.
- The National Centre for Exercise and Sports Medicine has produced this guide to staying active at home during the coronavirus outbreak.