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.

This page is for information purposes only.  Please note that all providers listed are independent of the Council and the Council takes no responsibility for their ability to provide the services they offer.  Please ensure that you use the provider best suited to your needs and contact them if you require further information about their services.

Walking Well (Previously known as Walking for Health)

You may be aware that Walking for Health (nationally) will end later this year to be replaced by Ramblers Wellbeing Walks. At South Gloucestershire Council we have decided to run our health walks scheme independently of them.

The new scheme will be called Walking Well and will focus on helping people who are inactive become more active.

All walks are free and led by a group of trained leaders who can help you take the first steps to a more active lifestyle, as well as being a great way to meet new people.

The walks are between 30 and 90 minutes, designed to suit different walking abilities. These walks are designed to accommodate any walker’s needs, allowing people to walk the distance they feel comfortable with.

People of all ages and walking abilities are supported, including those who use wheelchairs or have other access requirements. To find out more or ask any questions, please contact us: Telephone: 01454 863440 or Email: walking@southglos.gov.uk

All walkers walk at their own risk. During the briefing at the start of each walk potential hazards are highlighted. We would be very grateful if walkers could pay particular attention to the briefing for their own safety and the safety of others. Please don’t walk if you are feeling unwell.

No specialist equipment is needed for our walks but please dress appropriately for the weather.

Walking Well Registration

A Walker Registration Form must be completed before you can attend a Walking Well health walk. If you require support to complete the registration process, please contact the Walking Well team  on 01454 863440 or walking@southglos.gov.uk

How to book on to a Walking Well walk

If you would like to attend a Walking Well walk you will need to book on via Eventbrite. Eventbrite links can be found under each walk on the drop-down list below. (If you are unable to book on to a Walk Well walk online, please contact us: Telephone: 01454 863440 or Email: walking@southglos.gov.uk

Current Walking Well Walks

Bristol & Bath Railway Path

Join us for a pleasant walk along the Bristol to Bath Railway Path. Walk as far as you feel able before turning around and heading to the cafe for refreshments. Max distance 1.5 miles, but many of the group walk a shorter distance. The path is suitable to walking aids. The emphasis is achieving what you can, enjoying the outdoors and some good company.

Duration of walk: As short or as long as the walker would like.

Distance of walk: Maximum 1.5 miles. Can turn back anytime.

  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Refreshments available

Location – Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, BS30 6HD

Walks suspended until October 2022.

Find dates and book your place here

Bitton

Starting Wednesday 13th July and continuing every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for a walk from Bitton station along the railway path.

There will be a variety of walks which may include Willsbridge Mill, Bitton village and the River Avon

This walk may cover some uneven ground or hills but will be on paved paths. We will go at the pace of the group, and there will be a few benches to stop along the way. Feel free to bring some money to join us at the end of the walk for a chat over a tea or coffee.

Time: 2pm

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Distance: 3 miles

  • Toilets available
  • Refreshments/café
  • Parking nearby

Location: Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, England, BS30 6HD

Find dates and book your place here

Chipping Sodbury

A loop walk around the Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club. It is a flat walk on compacted ground with a slight slope as you head down towards the finish of the walk which takes you through the little park. There is then a slight incline for those people who have parked their cars in the car park. That said there is an alternative route back to the car park which branches off before we walk to the park.

Duration of walk: 30 to 50 minutes depending upon mobility

Distance of walk: 1.02 miles

  • May be mud
  • Inclines
  • Buggy Friendly

Location – The Ridings Car Park, The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6PQ

Find dates and book your place here

Page Park (Gentle Walk)

These walks are ideal for people who would like to take part in gentle exercise around the flat, easy access Page Park. The walks last up to 30 mins and are accessible for people with walking aids. After the walk enjoy a cuppa and a chat.

Frequency: Every Tuesday and Friday

Time:  Tuesdays 11:30am and Fridays 10:30am

Duration: 20 – 30 minutes

Location: Meet at Clocktower, Page Park, Park Road, Bristol, England, BS16 5LB

  • Toilets available
  • Refreshments at the Nest Community room with tea and coffee provided by the Friends of Page Park
  • Parking nearby and accessible from 7 or 49 bus
  • Wheelchair friendly

 

Find dates and book your place here

Page Park

Every 4th Wednesday of the month. Join us for a variety of walks from Page Park.

There will be a variety of walks which may include the Railway path, the Leap Valley and footpaths in the Downend area.

This walk may cover some uneven ground or hills but will be on paved paths. We will go at the pace of the group, and there will be a few benches to stop along the way. Feel free to bring some money to join us at the end of the walk for a chat over a tea or coffee.

Time: 2PM

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Distance: 3 miles

Location: Meet at Clocktower, Page Park, Page Road, Bristol, England, BS16 5LB

  • Toilets available
  • Refreshments/café
  • Parking nearby and accessible from 7, 19 or 49 bus.

Find dates and book your place here

Siston - Heritage Walking Group

Heritage Walking Group aimed at engaging the local community with a variety of topics related to the cultural and natural heritage of the Commons, from ecology to social history. This includes bat walks, tree identification walks, and walks on the folklore of the area.

Duration of walk: 1 hour 15 Minutes

Distance of walk: 1 mile

  • Toilets
  • Uneven ground
  • Stiles
  • May be mud
  • Inclines
  • Rest opportunities

Find dates and express your interest on The Friends of Siston Common Facebook page.

Thornbury

Short walk around central Thornbury on mainly level paths/footpaths. Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs welcome on leads.

Duration of walk: 1-2 hours

Distance of walk: 2 miles maximum

  • Toilets (at the refreshment venue)
  • Refreshments available
  • Uneven ground
  • May be mud
  • Inclines
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Rest opportunities
  • Buggy friendly
  • Dogs welcome

Location – Middle of St Mary’s Centre Thornbury behind Savers, Quaker Lane, Thornbury, BS35 2AD

Find dates and book your place here

Young Onset Dementia Group

Saturday 19th November Skittles Social: 4pm – 6pm

Bendix Club, Wood Road, Kingswood, Avon, Bristol, BS15 8DT

All the facilities will be available (the bar will be open for refreshments, toilets, parking etc).  There is no charge for us using the alley, although we will need to pay for a “sticker upper”, so we can do a collection for that. (If we use someone from the club the charge is £16 for 2 hours)

Walk Information below:

Walking Group for people with a diagnosis of Young Onset Dementia (diagnosed under the age of 65), their carer/friend/supporter. Venue will vary: please see linked dates below for details of where the walk will be.  Each walk will be a gentle 30-45 minutes long, have wheelchair-friendly footpaths, with places to sit down. There will be no steps and just a few slight inclines.There will be parking and toilets, including a disabled toilet. After the walk there is an opportunity to go to visit a cafe together. (Even if the weather is not so good on the day, we plan to just go to the cafe and eat cake!) If the weather becomes extremely bad, we will cancel and reschedule for another time.

Duration of walk: 90 minutes including stopping for refreshments.

Distance of walk: Approximately 1 mile

  • Toilets
  • Refreshments available
  • Uneven ground
  • May be mud
  • Inclines
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Rest opportunities
  • No Dogs please

Location – Please check the links below for dates and locations.

14th October 2022  – Page Park, Page Road, Bristol, England, BS16 5LB

11th November 2022 – Kingsgate Park, Sundridge Park, Yate, BS37 4EP

9th December 2022 – Kingsgate Park, Sundridge Park, Yate, BS37 4EP

13th January 2023 – Kingsgate Park, Sundridge Park, Yate, BS37 4EP

10th February 2023 – Kingsgate Park, Sundridge Park, Yate, BS37 4EP

 

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):

Dramway walks

Frome Valley walks

Severn way walks

Staple Hill walks

Heritage trails

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:

Easy access trails

Park 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.

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

Walking volunteers

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 walking@southglos.gov.uk if you are interested in being a walking volunteer.

Other volunteer opportunities

For information about other volunteering opportunities in South Gloucestershire, visit our volunteer page.

Other volunteer opportunities

Useful resources and information