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Harrow Health walks

Harrow Health Walks is a free programme of walks, aimed at anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing and health, meet new people and explore Harrow’s hidden gems.

The scheme is part of the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks, England’s largest network of wellbeing walk schemes, helping thousands of people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. 

The walks are led by qualified leaders, who encourage you to walk at your own pace. Everyone is welcome regardless of age and fitness level.

You do not need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. There’s a walk happening every day of the week and all over the borough.

Take a look at our autumn programme for a full list of walks in Harrow.

You can also find up-to-date information on the walks on the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks website.

You can find guidance on how to prepare for a walk on our walking information sheet.

Grim’s Dyke Heritage Trail

The Grim’s Dyke Heritage Trail is a longer more challenging walk for experienced walkers. It takes place on the first Saturday of the month from 11am to 1.15pm, meeting at Harrow Art's Centre’s car park.

The 4.5 mile trek covers fascinating points of interest and overlaps the London LOOP route, including: Pinnerwood Farm, Old Redding and the Grim’s Dyke House and Grounds. 

This walk has some rough, uneven ground, inclines and is muddy when wet.

There is a short rest break at Carpenders Park Garden Centre. We recommend walking shoes/boots and waterproof clothing when rain is forecast.

For more information, contact publichealth@harrow.gov.uk.

Why Walk?

Everyone knows that exercise is good for us, right? But not everyone relishes the thought of actually doing something to make us healthier.

Well here's a message for you... You already do some basic exercise pretty much every day of your life! And that exercise is walking.

So, why not make the time to do just a little more and on a regular basis and see what a difference it can make to your life. Here are a series of links from well-respected sources about the benefits of walking.

Enjoy the read then resolve to put on your shoes and get walking.

Are the Harrow Health Walks difficult?

Our walks vary in length and difficulty to give everyone a chance to reap the benefits from walking:

Easy: No gradients, even ground, shorter walks; ideal for everyone including those with pushchairs and wheelchairs

Moderate: Some slight gradients but mostly even ground. Around 1 hour walks.

Moderate-to-difficult: These walks will include some inclined ground

Difficult: Will have inclines and the route may go through rough ground. The walks are usually longer.

Bank holidays

Walks may or may not go ahead during bank holidays. It is best to check with the walk leaders about this or check the calendar on our scheme page a few days before the walk to ensure the walk is going ahead.

Severe weather

Walks usually go ahead come rain or shine. However when there is severe weather such as snowy, icy conditions, walk leaders will cancel walks for health and safety reasons.

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers are at the very heart of Harrow Health Walks. As a wellbeing walk leader or assistant, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.

Our volunteers love their roles and tell us great stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking.

Plus you'll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people.

Have a look at the Wellbeing Walk Leader role profile or Wellbeing Walk Assistant role profile for details of what to expect.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please let us know at publichealth@harrow.gov.uk or you can fill in our online application form.

 

Data Protection

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