Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is running a series of festive walks as part of its Walk for Health Scheme.
The Walk for Health scheme is a programme of fun, free and accessible weekly walks ideal for anyone looking to become more active and make new local friends.
The weekly one-hour Dorking Tuesday walk will continue throughout the Christmas holidays, with walks on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Newcomers are welcome, and there is no need to book. Just meet outside MVDC’s Pipprook office at 10.20am. Walkers are welcome to wear their favourite Christmas hat or jumper, and there will be the opportunity for festive drinks after the walk. This walk is graded two – intermediate – so the pace is gentle to moderate, and the ground is mostly flat but a little uneven at times.
The twice-monthly, one-hour Denbies Vineyard walk will go ahead on Boxing Day. Just meet at Denbies car park at 10.20am. This walk is graded three – the most challenging of the Walk for Health walks, meaning the pace is quite brisk, and the ground can be uneven. Again, walkers are welcome to wear Christmas clothes and there will be the opportunity for festive drinks after the walk.
The Buckland circuit walk on Thursday 18 December will also have a festive theme, with post-walk Christmas drinks at The Pheasant pub. The walk begins at the war memorial in Rectory Lane and will last 60 to 90 minutes. This walk is graded three.
The Walk for Health winter timetable features 11 walks, with five to six taking place weekly, including beginner (grade 1), intermediate (grade 2) and more challenging (grade 3) walks.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor David Draper, said: “I really hope we can attract some newcomers to these festive walks. Christmas can be a lonely time of year for many, and joining our friendly, popular walks can be a wonderful way to make local friends or just have a chat with someone new. Everyone really is so welcoming. Exercise is great for your mental and physical health, and Mole Valley’s beautiful countryside can look magical at this time of year.”
Volunteer walk leaders are still needed to help the Walk for Health scheme continue to grow. Training, support and equipment is provided to all volunteers. All that is required is an enthusiasm for walking and a desire to help others improve their health. Walks can take place anywhere in Mole Valley, during the day or evening.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer walk leader, please contact Estelle Holmes on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01306 885001.
To see the full timetable of walks, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/walkforhealth.