Ramblers Walking for Health

Stratford-on-Avon District Health Walks

At a recent meeting of the Cabinet at Stratford-on-Avon District Council a new Active Communities Delivery Plan for the next three years was approved. The new plan was created as the previous one had expired and considerations needed to be made due to changes in the Active Communities service and the impact of Covid-19. Alongside this, Walking for Health has decided to change the way that they will operate in the future, which unfortunately SDC will be unable to support. As part of this, SDC will no longer be able to provide the Health Walks programme and will be closing the programme as of 1st September 2021. Walking for Health has asked whilst the walks are in the process of closing, no new walkers attend these walks.

Our Ramblers Walking for Health walks are free to all and do not require pre-registration.

Stratford-on-Avon District Health Walks Programme

Walk Name Meet Point Time
Mondays at Shipston-on-Stour Bridge Car Park 10:00
Wednesdays at Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Centre 10:00

Monday at 10:00 - Shipston-on-Stour

The group meets at the Bridge Car Park, Mill Street, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 4AW

The walk is 60-90 minutes in duration. A gentle, sociable walk around country lanes, and, when dry, local footpaths in and around Shipston. At the finish, walkers are welcome to stop at a cafe in Shipston for coffee or tea.

Wednesday at 10:00 - Stratford-upon-Avon

The group currently meets by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, adjacent to Bancroft Gardens.

This walk is 60-90 minutes in duration. The group often splits 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. The walk often finishes at a local café (usually the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Café) for refreshments. This group will occasionally organise a longer, more challenging walk and social outings.

General Information

To join one of our walks, turn up 10 minutes before the start and let the walk leader know you would like to join. The walk leader will ask you to complete a short registration form and then you'll be ready to walk with one of our groups whenever you like!

Ramblers Walking for Health delivers a large network of health walks in England, which aim to enable people to be more active. The Stratford District Health Walks Programme is co-ordinated by Stratford-on-Avon District Council as part of the national programme. For more information, please visit the Ramblers Walking for Health website.

Ramblers Walking for Health walks are organised by trained volunteers from the local community. If you are interested in volunteering for the Stratford District scheme, register your interest online or contact the Leisure team.

If you are looking for a walking group that offers longer, more challenging walks, visit the Warwickshire Ramblers website. The Ramblers website also provides a collection of routes for individuals who would like to walk independently. There are Ramblers groups based in both Stratford-upon-Avon and Southam.

For general good health, adults should complete 150 minutes of physical activity a week. This could be completed by briskly walking for at least 30 minutes a day on at least five days a week. This could be split over a few weeks.

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 from or recovering from serious illness or have any other concerns about your health, discuss this with your doctor before joining in with any of our walks.

If you would like any further information on our Health Walks please contact the Leisure team via email leisure@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Contact: the Leisure team

Last updated on 30/07/2021