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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 our Walking for Health, Stepping Forward, Out and About and Buggy Walk programmes as well as our promoted 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 (linked to downloadable PDF leaflets):
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
- Wick Golden Valley – Heritage walk
- Willsbridge Valley heritage walk
Easy access trails
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.
Walking for Health programme of walks
We have a range of free, led walks between 30 and 90 minutes, designed to suit different walking abilities. These include nine regular walks and are all detailed in our Walking for Health walks programme.
These walks are designed to accommodate any walker’s needs, allowing people to walk the distance they feel comfortable with. All walks are free and led by trained volunteers. Where possible the start point for our walks include toilets and parking.
Walkers can bring their dogs to a walk as long as they are kept on a lead. However in some instances we may ask for dogs not to be brought along, for example if the walk route goes through a field of cattle.
Walking in a group led by one of our wonderful trained leaders could help you take the first steps to a more active lifestyle and is a great way to meet new people.Our Walking for Heath programme is officially accredited.Walking For Health Programme of walks Jul - Dec 2019
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:
Stepping Forward walks are perfect for people who prefer something slightly longer and more strenuous than our Walking for Health walks.These walks:
- are between 3 – 4 miles
- take around 1 ½ – 2 hours
- usually go for refreshments afterwards
Further details, including dates, times, locations are listed in our Stepping Forward programme.Stepping Forward programme of walks Jul-Dec 2019
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
Our buggy walks are a free sociable activity for parents, carers and grandparents of very young children and are a great way to make new friends, explore your local area and get fit. Walks are between 45 minutes to an hour and the groups usually meet afterwards for refreshments.
Our walks take place in Bitton (Mondays on the 1st week of the month) and Lyde Green (Thursdays on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month). See below for details and to download the leaflets:
- Bitton Buggy Walk – Mondays 10am, Outside café, Bitton, Station Bath Road, BS30 6HD (Download the leaflet)
- Lyde Green Buggy walk – Thursdays 10am, Emersons Green library, Emersons way, BS16 7AP
Walking after giving birth
Information about keeping fit and healthy and exercising after giving birth can be found on the NHS website. If in any doubt, consult with your GP, midwife and/or health visitor.
Our buggy walks have been tested and risk assessed. They are suitable for pushchairs and are mainly on flat ground but can contain some hills and gravel paths and can be muddy in places if it’s been raining. Please come prepared with suitable footwear and a rain cover for your buggy if it rains and a bottle of water and sun protection on hot days.
Other organised walks
There are other organisations that could be organising a walk in your area – try:
Walking for health 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 the Walking For Heath 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 for health volunteer.
Next training day
Our next training day is at Kingswood Civic Centre on Friday, 6th March 2020. Please complete and return the application form or contact us to ask any questions.
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
- Walking for health national website
- Be tick aware – you could be exposed to ticks any time you’re outdoors. See the Public Health England tick prevention leaflet for more information.