Fancy joining a walking group? It’s a great way to explore new routes, great fresh air and meet new people. Below are a selection of some local groups. If you know of a walking group please let us know in the comments below:
Mental Health Mates Amersham & Chalfont
At the end of last year Claire decided to sign up to become a walk leader for Mental Health Mates. The idea was started up in 2016 by Bryony Gordon and has now grown to over 120 groups now in the uk. As a walk leader, Claire isn’t a trained professionals in mental health but she give people the opportunity to meet up once a month to go for a short walk in the area, to come talk to other people and get some fresh air. Exercise has already been proven to help boost people moods.
The next walk is on Sunday 13th February at 11am and will be a circular walk round Hodgemoor Woods. It shouldn’t be more than a couple of miles but walking boots will properly be advised and Claire has a beagle that is excited to meet everyone. 🐶
Follow Claire on social media for information and updates.
Liz & Caroline run fitness & wellness woodland walks in Berks, South Oxon & Bucks.
Liz is a violin 🎻 teacher and Caroline is a photographer and they met when they had children. They launched Walk Works in April 2021, to share the local area with people and create a community of people to walk with.
They publish the walks a month in advance on their Facebook page and they are always 9.30am every Thursday. Walks tend to last 1 or 2 hour. No need for maps/apps, just turn up and Liz & Caroline will navigate the way so you don’t need to worry about getting lost.
Every Monday, Liz and Caroline recce that week’s walk and say… How long, how many hills and how many stiles. They align to pubs and cafes to support local business and they stop for coffee during or after the walk. They have a lovely group of walkers and new people come every week. All walks cost £10 and they have a reward card and your 10th walk is always free.
Dadima’s Countryside Walks
Chilterns Conservation Board Member Dr Geeta Ludhra, leads the fantastic free walking group, Dadima’s. Dadima’s walks are designed to change the narrative of the countryside, by creating a welcoming space for people from diverse backgrounds to walk and talk together, share stories, and enjoy a connection with nature. You can view the programme here
February walks will take place on:
- 18th February from 10am until 12.30/1pm ish – Flattish 10km, some incline up the Chiltern Hills. Coffees in Lewknor afterwards if anyone wants to.
- Sunday 27th February 10am until 3pm ish – Approx 13 miles. This is a higher intensity walk, more suitable for adults. This walk is featured in The Guardian’s historic Winter walks, and includes some hills.
Vivo Fitness & Nordic Walking
After 20 years in corporate business Karen decided to follow her passion- Fitness and Wellbeing. Since 2006 Vivo has developed into an holistic and comprehensive source for anyone wanting to feel good about themselves, their health and their body. Karen has an enthusiastic and infectious approach suitable for all age groups and all goals. Her real passion is to be outdoors so Nordic Walking an essential part of both her business and personal stay healthy regime.
Walks take place in the Tring /Berkhamsted/Aldbury/Wendover Woods/Dunstable Downs/Leighton Buzzard/Bovingdon/Apsley & Boxmoor Trust area but venture out to other areas for longer monthly walks exploring new footpaths and landscapes. Find out more below:
If you fancy organising a walk for yourself and friends, make sure you check out the Chiltern Society website they have a great selection of downloadable leaflets which are FREE for anyone to use.