Organised walks for all ages in a safe and social setting
- An excellent way to start exercising in a gentle way whilst making new friends and getting to know your local area
- Free weekly walks in Crookham Village, Fleet, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Odiham, and Yateley. One Saturday monthly walk around Fleet Pond.
- Walks run by trained volunteer leaders and part of the national Walking for Health accredited scheme. Once you have registered for your first walk, you can join any Health Walk around the country without registering again.
- Time for a cup of tea or coffee and chat after the walk
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 Tuesday, 10.30am, Crookham Street Social Club, The Street, Crookham Village, Fleet GU51 5SJ
Every Wednesday, 10.30am, Fleet Parish Community Centre, Church Road, Fleet GU51 4NB
Every Wednesday, 10.30am, Cafe 46, (next to) St Peters Church, Reading Road, Yateley, GU46 7LR
Every Thursday, 1.45pm, The Parish Room, The Bury, Odiham, RG29 1NB
Every Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.30am, St John’s Church Centre, corner of Fleet Road and Green Lane, Hartley Wintney
Every second Saturday of the month around Fleet Pond, 10.30, Fleet Railway Station, Station Approach, Fleet, GU51 3QY
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! If you have any concerns you should consult your GP.
How far will the walk be?
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.
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 the Walking for Health insurance, and we have your contact details and some basic information about your health conditions.
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 will the walk cover?
Some of the walk is along pavements but routes can also include park and edge of wooded areas. Routes are generally fairly flat with only occasional slight inclines although the Odiham walks are sometimes more hilly. The wooded areas may have some muddy areas if there is any heavy rain on the day of the walk or the preceding day.
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 is raining?
Unless there is torrential rain or a thunderstorm the walk will go ahead.
I don’t live in the area, can I still come on a walk?
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 Karen Harrie 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?
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.
Where can I get more information to promote Hart Health Walks?
We have publicity materials to hand out to your clients and posters you can display. Please call us on 01252 815652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send these out in the post.