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Hart Health Walks FAQs

Here you can find more details about Hart Health Walks and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Topics covered include terrain, what to bring, weather, footwear, public transport and fitness.

Our FAQs are divided into those aimed at a general walker and those for professionals.

For the Walker

Where do the walks take place?

Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) 10.30am, St John the Evangelist Church, London Road, Hook RG27 9EG.

Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) 10.30am, Blackwater & Hawley Leisure Centre, Hawley Green, Blackwater GU17 9BW

Every Tuesday, 10.30, Crookham Street Social Club, The Street, Crookham Village, Fleet GU51 5SJ.  Short walk available.

Every  Wednesday, 10.30, Lismoyne Hotel, 45 Church Road, Fleet GU51 4NE.

Every Wednesday, 10.30, Cafe 46, (next to) St Peters Church, Reading Road, Yateley, GU46 7LR

Every Thursday, 13.45 The Old School (Vine Church), London Road, Odiham, RG29 1AJ

Every Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.30am, St John’s Church Centre, corner of Fleet Road and Green Lane, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8ED.  Short walk available.

Is there public transport nearby?

Hook – Nearest Bus Stop – Outside Old White Hart Pub – Bus No. 13 (Stagecoach: Basingstoke – Alton approx. 5 minute walk)

Blackwater – Nearest Bus Stop – Outside Aldi on the A30 – Bus No. 3 (Stagecoach: Yateley – Aldershot approx. 10 minute walk)

Crookham Village – Nearest Bus Stop – Coxheath Road – Bus No. 10 (Stagecoach: Church Crookham – Farnborough approx. 10 minute walk)

Fleet – Nearest Bus Stop – Fleet High Street – Bus No. 10 (Stagecoach: Church Crookham – Farnborough approx. 5 minute walk)

Yateley – Nearest Bus Stop – Reading Road outside Dog and Partridge Pub – Bus No. 3 (Stagecoach: Yateley – Aldershot approx. 2 minute walk)

Odiham – Nearest Bus Stop – Alton Road just before High Street – Bus No. 13 (Stagecoach: Basingstoke – Alton approx. 15 minute walk)

Hartley Wintney – Nearest Bus Stop High Street/Hartley Wintney Common – Bus No. 7 (Stagecoach: Aldershot – Phoenix Green approx. 2 minute walk)

What sort of shoes should I wear?

Wear comfortable sturdy, comfortable shoes or trainers.

How fit do I need to be?

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! However, our walks are around 2.5miles (sometimes slightly shorter or longer) which are completed in around an hour. If you have any concerns you should consult your GP.

If you’ve been completely inactive recently, maybe try one of our shorter walks at Crookham Village or Hartley Wintney first.

What distance of the walks?

Planned routes are between 2 ¼ and 3 miles and expect to take up to an hour. However, we will also try to have shorter walks for any people who are concerned that this may be too far. If you have any concerns talk to one of the leaders before the walk starts.

Are there any sample walks I can look at?

These routes are just an example of the sort of terrain and distance we may cover on our longer walks. Feel free to walk these in your own time and at your leisure to see if our led walks might be suitable.

Hook Sample Walk – Download

Fleet Sample Walk – Download

 

Please note: These walks are completed at your own risk (if you have any concerns about attempting these walks you should consult with your GP). The route these guides follow may be subject to change at any given time due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather, unforeseen hazards, roadworks etc.

Why do I need to complete a registration form?

We ask all new walkers to complete a short registration form. This means that you are covered by our Public Liability insurance, and we have your contact details.

What happens if I don't feel I can complete the walk?

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 not leave the walk without first speaking with one of the leaders.

What sort of terrain do the walks cover?

Some of the walk is along pavements but routes can also include park and edge of wooded areas as well as steps.  Routes are generally fairly flat with only occasional slight inclines, although the Odiham & Blackwater walks are sometimes more hilly. The wooded areas may have some muddy sections if there is any heavy rain on the day of the walk or the preceding day as well as trip hazards such as tree roots.

Do I need to bring any money?

There is no charge for coming on the walks.  There is a small charge for drinks after the walks.

Will the walk still go ahead if it's raining?

Unless there is torrential rain, snow, a thunderstorm or if the MET Office have issued a yellow or red weather warning, then the walks will go ahead.

I don't live in the area, can I still come along?

The walks are open to anyone. You don’t have to be a local resident to join in.

I would like to help, are there any opportunities to assist?

Hart Health Walks are always looking for volunteer walk leaders. If you would like to help please contact Hart Health Walks at Hart Voluntary Action, on 01252 815652, or speak with one of the walk leaders on the day of the walk to find out about what is required.

Can I come by myself? Or bring a friend?

Individual walkers or groups of walkers are welcome to join in the walks.

Can I bring a dog on the walk?

Yes, provided it is kept on a lead.  Please note other than Guide Dogs there may be restrictions on entry to some buildings.

For the Professional

Who are the walks suitable for?

Health walks are aimed at anyone who would like to walk in a safe and social setting.  Everyone can walk at their own pace and we especially encourage people who may be rehabilitating after an illness and who would like to begin to take gentle exercise or who feel they would like to meet people.

What is the joining process?

People wishing to join a walk are asked to arrive 15 minutes early on their first walk to complete a Walker Registration Form and then are able to join any of the walks.

I'd like to promote Hart Health Walks? Where can I get more information?

We have publicity materials to hand out to your clients and posters you can display.  Please call us on 01252 815652 or e-mail healthwalks@hartvolaction.org.uk and we will send these out in the post.

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