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Walking for Health

Stratford-on-Avon District Walk & Talk Health Walks (all of our walks are free of charge and require no pre-registration)

Wellesbourne walking group

Stratford-on-Avon District Health Walks Newsletter - December 2017

Monday at 10.00am - Stratford-upon-Avon

The group meets on the ground floor of the Leisure Centre, in the area between the cafe and the gents and ladies toilets. A gentle stroll through Stratford-upon-Avon, between 30-60 minutes in duration. Taking in the paths alongside the River Avon and canal, always on tarmac surfaces and paths. The walk often finishes at a local café (usually the RSC Cafe) for refreshments.

Monday at 10.30am - Bidford-on-Avon

The group meets next to The Bridge Restaurant.

About 90 minutes in duration, often split into 2 two groups to accommodate both faster and slower walkers. This walk alternates between a small number of popular scenic routes such as along the River Avon to Marlcliff, around the golf course, and to Broom village. Walkers are welcome to stop for refreshments at the end.

Tuesdays at 2.00pm - Southam

This walk starts from the Leisure Centre and varies from 60 to 90 minutes in duration depending on the route.

The walk takes you through the town and out to local parks and historical attractions such as the Merestone, the Holy Well, and along parts of the Heritage Trail. Details of changes to the regular schedule of walks will be posted on the noticeboard situated in the Leisure Centre reception.

Wednesdays at 10.30am - Stratford-upon-Avon

The group meets at the Leisure Centre, in the area adjacent to the café on the ground floor.

This walk is between 60 - 90 minutes in duration. The group often split into two to accommodate faster and slower walkers. Walks include well-known routes along the tramway and Recreation Ground or by the canals and river, on mainly flat tarmac surfaces and paths, with some fields and bridleways included. The walk often finishes at a local café (usually at Royal Shakespeare Theatre) for refreshments. This group will often organise a longer, more challenging walk and occasionally social outings.

Wednesday - drop in anytime between 5.30pm and 7.00pm - Stratford-upon-Avon School athletics track

Walk, jog or run around the track for as long as you like, free of charge. This is a friendly, safe, relaxed and flexible opportunity to exercise – come on your own or in a group, and take it at your own pace. The track is floodlit.

The track is booked by Stratford-upon-Avon DC but this is an unsupervised session. No registration is required.

Thursday's Shipston-on-Stour walk has been cancelled as of 31st August. We hope to be able to offer this walk again soon.

Fridays at 9.45am - Wellesbourne

The group meet at the Village Hall and enjoy a pleasant walk around parks, along the river and country footpaths. The walk lasts between 60 - 90 minutes. This group will often organise a longer, more challenging walk and occasional social outings. Sometimes the group will choose a walk that starts and finishes outside Wellesbourne, therefore please call the Leisure Team on 01789 260115 before your first walk to find out the plan for that week.

General Infromation

If you would like any further information on the Walk & Talk Health Walks please send an email to or call 01789 260115.

Walking for Health walks are organised by trained volunteers from the local community.

For general good health, adults should walk briskly for at least 30 minutes a day on at least five days a week. This doesn't have to be done in one walk; it can be split into two or three shorter walks.

Moderate exercise helps protect the body from many illnesses and conditions, including heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, obesity, the most common type of diabetes and many cancers. It's also a great way to relieve stress and stay happy: exercising outdoors, especially in green spaces, can help fight depression and improve mental health.

Please note -

For most people, walking is a safe and effective form of exercise and you can start without checking with a doctor. However, if you're very unfit, are suffering or recovering from serious illness or have any other concerns about your health, discuss this with your doctor before starting the plan. It may be that you need to follow our plan more slowly and gradually, particularly if you're trying to walk briskly.

Last updated on 05/02/2018