Basingstoke Wellbeing Walks
Wellbeing Walks are fun, free, supportive and led by trained volunteers.
Basingstoke Wellbeing Walks encourages people of all ages to join regular, short walks in their own communities.
Our walks help boost the health of participants whilst enjoying local, natural spaces in the company of others. The social side of walking can be as important for well-being as the walk itself.
To find out about the benefits of walking, information can be found on the Walking For Health website walkingforhealth.org.uk.
All new walkers are welcome whether you are fit and active, haven’t exercised in a long time, or have been advised to join by a doctor.
So, come and join us!
Download our latest programme of walks here. –> Wellbeing Walks June 2021
In the near future, you will be able to fill in a form booking a walk from this page – until this is ready you should ring BVA on 01256 423816 (during office hours) where we will take the booking manually.
For further information and to find out more about our local walks please call 01256 423816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
For the Walker
Here are a few things to think of before coming along to one of our walks:
- Book onto the walk you would like to attend
- Wear suitable clothing and comfortable sturdy, shoes or trainers
- Please arrive in plenty of time to park, as the walks leave on time
- The walk leader will advise of any hazards on the route, but you are responsible for your own health and safety
- If you feel unwell or don’t feel you can complete the walk for any reason speak to one of the walk leaders who will provide assistance.
Do I have to book into a walk?
Yes, you do need to book into each walk every time you attend.
This means that you are covered by the Walking for Health insurance and we have your contact details, should a walk not take place for some reason.
How fit do I need to be and how far are the walks?
We aim to cater for all levels of fitness and encourage everyone to walk at their own pace – it’s a walk not a race! If you have any concerns you should consult your GP.
There are three levels of walks:
Level 1 – Get started with walk. A short walk that is from 10 to 30 minute long.
Level 2 – Medium walk that is from 60 to 90 minute long.
Level 3 – Brisk walk that is up to 90 minutes.
Will the walk still go ahead in adverse weather conditions?
In adverse weather conditions that may occur on the day of the walk, the walk leaders have the overall decision to cancel the walk for health walk. If walkers are still wishing to go on the walk, they can at their own risk, but it will not be under walk for health.
The walk will still take place if it’s raining, unless it is torrential or a thunder storm
In hot weather, remember to bring a bottle of water with you.
Safety tips when on the walk
Risk assessments are carried out on the routes and every possible care is taken by the walk leaders to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable walk.
Please listen to the walk leaders briefing at the start of the walk which will alert you to any hazards along the route.
When crossing roads please observe the Highway Code at all times, crossing at the safest point and keeping to the footpaths where possible. The walks are undertaken at your own risk.
Can I bring a dog on the walk?
Dogs are welcome on all of the walks, but they must be kept on the lead at all times and to stay near the back of the walking group to avoid any trips
Cancelling a booked walk.
When you make a booking you will receive an automated email with details of the walk.
If you need to cancel your booking, for any reason, follow the link to view booking within the email and this will give you an option to cancel.