West Norfolk Walking for Health

Improve your health in varied landscapes, with trained Walk Leaders and in good company!

Registered Charity: No. 1170052

Benefits


Walking for Health, what’s it all about?

Getting active can be difficult. But we’re here to help. With Walking for Health you can take part in free, short walks at a pace that works for you. As well as benefitting your health, it’s a great way to explore what’s on your doorstep and make new friends.  For over 14 years, we’ve helped thousands of people like you discover the many benefits of regular group walks. From maintaining a healthy weight to sharing laughs, Walking for Health has something for everyone.


Did you know? 

• Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, improves cholesterol levels, reduces blood pressure, builds healthy muscles and bones and improves balance.

• Being physically active significantly reduces the risk of several major health conditions by between 20% to 40%, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon and breast cancer. 

• Walking promotes mental health and wellbeing, and helps to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.

(Department of Health. "Start Active, Stay Active": A Report on Physical Activity from the Four Home Countries’ Chief Medical Officers)



Benefits 2


A cancer story 

Mrs G was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and was told about Walking for Health by a nurse: ‘I started walking twice a week with my husband - we were made to feel so welcome straight away’.
The walks have had a positive impact on her life. Her husband says: ‘She seems more relaxed now, enthusiastic and confident. The walks bring people together in a safe environment, which is great for people who might not venture out on their own. Going out and breathing fresh air makes you feel alive’. Since being told that the cancer is in remission, she has kept on walking
Health expert 
Professor Rob Thomas, a consultant oncologist, believes in the power  of walking as a way to stay active during and beyond cancer. Rob says:  ‘I strongly recommend regular walking to all my patients. As a physical  activity it is safe and there is a lot of evidence that says it will benefit".

Social wellbeing benefits 

Group walks provide a sociable activity that connects communities and reduces social isolation. The walks provide a regular opportunity to ‘get out of the house’, see other people, and benefit from contact with the natural environment. A recent national evaluation found significant improved scores for measures of loneliness and social interaction.

Emotional wellbeing benefits 

Evaluation evidence highlights that participation can increase wellbeing and help people cope with some of the factors that negatively impact on emotional and mental health.


FAQs


Do I need to book beforehand?

Booking is not necessary.  It would be helpful if you arrived a few minutes early on your first walk, then made yourself known to a Leader, and completed a short registration form.

How much does it Cost?

Our Walks themselves are entirely FREE.  The Kings Lynn Ferry walk does require payment of a one-way ticket.  There may be times when you decide to use a Pay for Parking facility.

Do I need any special equipment?

You should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions.  Note that, except for Grade1 walks, muddy ground and puddles can be met most of the year in Norfolk!  Carry drinking water in hot weather and on longer walks.

What if I can't keep up?

Our Walk Leaders are trained to look after the whole group. There is usually one at the back and, on popular walks, another one or two in the middle. You will not be left on your own.  Some of our strongest walkers were at the back when they first started! If you have any doubts, first try our Easy/Starter Walks  or a Library Walk & Talk.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are allowed on most walks, kept on a non-extendable lead.  Owners must complete a Disclaimer Form and then bring and use poop bags.

Can I bring a child?

Anyone can join our walks but those under 18 must be with a Responsible Adult. 

Our Standard Walks


   K.L. & North Area Walks May-Aug.pdf  

Our walks programme is suspended due to the Coronavirus situation.  It is shown here for implementation when such activities become permitted again.

   D.Mkt & Southern Area Walks May-Aug.pdf

Starter & Easy Walks


Complete Beginner Walks (for the Less Physically Able) 

No excuses! These walks are on flat even ground, at a gentle pace and with appropriate stops. Bring your sticks, your wheeled frame or even carry your Oxygen cylinder!. Optional refreshments available at the end.  All start at 10:30am on Wednesdays. 

Week 1 K.L.The Walks main entrance, opposite Library PE30 5EZ  Firm flat surfaces, also suitable for wheel and push chairs. Distance to suit various needs.            6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 5th August

Our walks programme is suspended due to the Coronavirus situation.  It is shown here for implementation when such activities are again permitted.

Week 2  Sandringham Visitor Centre CP PE35 6EH Woodland paths. Flat surfaces  13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August

NOTE:  There will be a parking charge of £3 when it re-opens. Some walkers will have season tickets. Some may arrive by bus. We will monitor the situation and consider an alternative location in future programmes.

Week 3 LynnSport   main entrance. PE30 2NB  Firm surfaces, established paths. 20th May, 17th June, 15th July, 19th August

Week 4  Hunstanton Community Centre PE36 5BW Even surfaces, paved & grass. 27th May, 24th June, 22nd July, 26th August

Week 5  29th July History Walk, meeting at the Customs House, K.L. Will last about 2 hours. Easy walking with stops.

Worried that you will not be able to cope? It's unlikely, and there is only one way to find out.  Come along and try one!  You get exercise in the fresh air, in good surroundings, meet other people in a similar situation, and feel better for it!

Walk & Talk


Arranged in collaboration with Norfolk Library Service. These are relatively easy walks, around 2 miles, adjusted depending on who turns up! Tea or Coffee, with hopefully a biscuit, provided in the Library afterwards. Do chat on the walk and afterwards, about anything you like! All start at 2:00pm.  
Our walks programme is suspended due to the Coronavirus situation.  It is shown here for implementation when such activities are again permitted.

      2nd Tuesdays in the month. 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August
      Hunstanton Library, Westgate, PE36 5AL (by the Bus Station )

      3rd Thursdays in the month 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 20th August
      Dersingham Library, Chapel Rd PE31 6PN


Walk & Talk

Specials


Longer Walks

Feel like extending your abilities on more challenging walks?  The “Sunday Strollers” are an informal group who arrange longer walks, of about 2 hours, in attractive scenery, on the 1st Sunday in the month, usually starting at 10:30am. If you are interested, contact Josie on 07722 195408 or John 07850 914086. Please note these walks are NOT covered by our scheme.

Alternatively, why not consider joining The Ramblers?  Norfolk Ramblers are at www.norfolkra.org.uk or ring 020 7339 8500

Our programme is suspended due to the Coronavirus situation.  It will be implemented as soon as the restrictions are lifted.

Historic Walk on Wednesday 29th July 10:30 to 12:30 approx. Meet at The Customs House, K.L.

NEWS


NEWS
  CORONAVIRUS

This programme is being published in full so that as we can resume walking as soon as such activities are permitted. In the meantime it is vital we all adhere to the advice to minimise the risks of spreading the virus. None of us can be happy with the restrictions imposed on us, but already we are seeing the effects they are having: Think of the consequences if they had not been introduced. We all know the benefits of walking so it is to be hoped that everyone who can has been continuing to get out and about locally, possibly finding new routes.

Additional Walk. Wednesday 29th July 10:30 - 12:30 approx. a walk around historic Kings Lynn, with commentary.
Meet at The Customs House, K.L.


Trustees


Registered Charity No. 1170052


         The Charity Trustees:


            David Mace           Chairman & Secretary   tel: 01553773164   email: djm13@uwclub.net 

            Sue Collier            Treasurer

            Lyn Barker             Trustee

           John Priddle          Trustee                           tel: 07850914086    email: john.priddle48@yahoo.co.uk


Organising Team




Main Contact:                                           David Mace       tel: 01553773164        email: djm13@uwclub.net


Walk Leader Training & Coordinator:    John Priddle     tel: 07850914086       email: john.priddle48@yahoo.co.uk


Refreshments & Location Liaison:         Josie Allan       tel:07722195408         email: jo.allan58@btinternet.com


Programme Compiler:                             Simon Tearle                                           email: tearle845@btinternet.com

Other Groups with whom we Liaise


Active Norfolk, www.activenorfolk.org/walking

Big C Norfolk Cancer Charity kingslynncentre@big-c.co.uk

Breathe Easy, West Norfolk Support Group, rogersmith56@hotmail.com 01553 763313

Chatterton House, NHS   jane.robinson@nsft.nhs.uk

Diabetes Service, Norfolk Community Health Care, St James Surgery, Kings Lynn PE30 5NU

Libraries,     Kings Lynn & Dersingham,  Kerry.Lingwood@norfolk.gov.uk  Gaywood & Hunstanton, Helen.Senior@norfolk.gov.uk

LILY (Living Independently in Later Years)  asklily@west-norfolk.gov.uk 01553 616200

 Macmillan Cancer Information & Support QE Hospital miss@qehkl.nhs.uk

Occupational Therapy, Fermoy Unit QE Hospital, emily.a.dorrington@nsft.nhs.uk

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service  claire.murphy1@boc.com

Warm Hearts Kings Lynn Heart Support Group charles.ryan@nhs.net

Wellbeing Service Gary Freeman,   gary.freeman@nsft.nhs.uk 07341867105

West Norfolk Deaf Association,  info@wnda.org.uk 01553 773399