Ramblers Walking for Health

Stratford-on-Avon District Health 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
Mondays at Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Centre 10:00
Mondays at Bidford-on-Avon Next to the Bridge Restaurant 10:30
Tuesdays at Southam Southam Leisure Centre 14:00
Wednesdays at Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Centre 10:00
Fridays at Wellesbourne The Village Hall 09:45
Alternate Fridays at Shottery Shakespeare Hospice 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.

We are very happy to confirm that our health walks can continue to organise led walks for up to 30 people, as long as they follow the guidance to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way. The UK government announced that from 14th September social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England - although there are some exemptions. Our organised walks are one of those exemptions.

If you would like any further information on our Health Walks please contact the Leisure team on 07989 850792 or email leisure@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Monday at 10:00 - Stratford-upon-Avon - Cancelled until further notice

The group meets on the ground floor of the Leisure Centre (Bridgeway, CV37 6YX), in the area adjacent to the café.

The walk is 30-60 minutes in duration and takes in the paths alongside the River Avon and the canal, always on tarmac surfaces and paths. The group often finishes the walk at a local café (usually the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Café) to have a tea or coffee.

Please note: this walk does not take place on Bank Holidays.

Monday at 10:30 - Bidford-on-Avon

The group meets next to the Bridge Restaurant (High Street, B50 4BG).

The walk is 60-90 minutes in duration. The group often splits 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 usually stop for refreshments during the walk or at the end.

We are very happy to confirm that our health walks can continue to organise led walks for up to 30 people, as long as they follow the guidance to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way. The UK government announced that from 14th September social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England - although there are some exemptions. Our organised walks are one of those exemptions.

Please note: this walk often does not take place on Bank Holidays.

If you would like any further information about this group, please contact the Leisure team on 07989 850792 or email leisure@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Tuesday at 14:00 - Southam - Cancelled until further notice

This walk starts from the Leisure Centre (Welsh Road West, CV47 0JW) and is 60-90 minutes in duration depending on the route.

The walk goes 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 any changes to the regular schedule of walks will be posted on the noticeboard situated in the Leisure Centre reception.

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.

We are very happy to confirm that our health walks can continue to organise led walks for up to 30 people, as long as they follow the guidance to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way. The UK government announced that from 14th September social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England - although there are some exemptions. Our organised walks are one of those exemptions.

If you would like any further information about this group or the weekly walks, please contact the Leisure team on 07989 850792 or email leisure@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Wednesday Walk, Jog, Run - Stratford-upon-Avon School - Cancelled until further notice

Drop in to the athletics track at Stratford-upon-Avon School (Alcester Road, CV37 9DH) any time between 17:30 and 19:00. Walk, jog or run around the track free of charge. This is a friendly, safe, relaxed and flexible opportunity to exercise at your own pace. The track is floodlit. If the floodlights are not on, a landline phone can be found in the sports hall that details the extension number for the caretaker who will be able to turn on the lights.

The track is booked by Stratford-on-Avon District Council but this is an unsupervised session. No registration is required.

Fridays at 09:45 - Wellesbourne

The group meets at the Village Hall, School Rd, Wellesbourne, Warwick CV35 9NH. The walk is usually 75-90 minutes. The group will often organise a longer, more challenging walk and occasional social outings.

The Wellesbourne group meets at the Village Hall at 09:45; however, members frequently choose to start and finish the walk outside Wellesbourne (so the start time of the walk will vary).

We are very happy to confirm that our health walks can continue to organise led walks for up to 30 people, as long as they follow the guidance to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way. The UK government announced that from 14th September social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England - although there are some exemptions. Our organised walks are one of those exemptions.

If you would like any further information about this group or how to be added to the email distribution list, please contact the Leisure team on 07989 850792 or email leisure@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Alternate Fridays at 10:00 - Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon - Cancelled until further notice

Shakespeare Hospice, Church Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9UL

This walk is 30-90 minutes in duration. The walk starts at the hospice and follows routes around the village including Shottery Fields. Routes can involve some walking on grass, therefore underfoot conditions may vary. The group usually have a drink and a chat at the hospice after the walk.

This walk would usually take place every alternate Friday, please get in contact to find out the relevant dates.

General Information

Wellesbourne walking group

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 on 01789 260115 or email leisure@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Last updated on 11/09/2020

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