Mole Valley Ramblers

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Walking for Health in Mole Valley

The Walk for Health scheme is run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.  By sharing their walking and health expertise they enable some 600 schemes to offer short, free, local health walks in communities across England.  The partnership demonstrates both organisations ambition to help more people, including those affected by cancer, discover the joys and health benefits of walking.

The concept of health walks began with Dr William Bird, an Oxfordshire GP who started running short walks for patients from his surgery in 1995.  In 2000, Walk for Health was launched by the Countryside Agency and in 2006 was transferred to its successor Natural England.  Now, around 3,400 weekly walks are led by over 10,000 friendly, specially trained volunteers.  The walks are short and over easy terrain, and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active.  The walks last between 30-90 minutes: ideal for those who may be taking up walking, or recovering from illness or injury.

The local Walk for Health scheme in Mole Valley includes walks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting from either Dorking, Denbies, Brockham, Bookham Common or Leatherhead.  They are always keen for more volunteers to expand their programme so if you are enthusiastic about walking, would like to help others get active and can give one morning, afternoon or evening a week then why not get in touch?  Walks can take place anywhere in Mole Valley, during the daytime or evening and are a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

If you want to find out more about Mole Valley Walk for Health contact the Walks Coordinator, Estelle Holmes, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel 01306 879292, or check the website at

Group walking provides many benefits.  To quote from a review of the scheme published in 2013: “Walking for Health provides opportunities for participants to meet new people and form new friendships.  This is the top motivator for many participants.  This social aspect of health walks also contributes to improving participants’ mental health and wellbeing.  A recognised barrier to physical activity is not having someone to get active with, and a key way of overcoming that is the opportunity to socialise and meet new people.”

For those who have enjoyed these shorter group walks, and would like to try something a bit longer, look here to find out more about the walks programme for Mole Valley Ramblers ... We are surrounded by the most wonderful walking country, and you will find led group walks of between 5 and 12 miles on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. New walkers are always welcome. 

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The Walk for Health scheme is a programme of fun, free and accessible volunteer-led walks, bringing people together to socialise and motivate one another.  For more information on this scheme in the Mole Valley area, please read this article.

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 Wed 20 June   Midsummer Coach Outing
Sat 7 July Breakfast Walk
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Mon 30 July Summer Social
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Sat 18 Aug Walk Leaders Training Course


Update from Ramblers CEO

Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers CEO, is now sending a monthly newsletter to volunteers for onward transmission to group members. The February edition (dated 27 April) can be viewed here.

The Surrey Three Peaks challenge

The SASH charity is organising a challenge to raise funds for East Surrey Hospital and the wider Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust. It will take place on 26 May 2018, starting at Holmbury St Mary. The challenge, which takes walkers up Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill and Box Hill will offer 7, 13 or 26 mile options. See here for the event poster. We should all be so fit by then after our Spring Walks Festival, so maybe some might be up for a 13 mile, or even 26 mile, challenge! If anyone is interested please let Fiona know by 16 April.

40th Anniversary of the NDW

In 2018 the North Downs Way National Trail celebrates 40 years since its official opening on 30th September 1978 on Wye Downs. In celebration there will be a programme of walks along the trail, lead by local experts and coordinated by the NDW Trails Manager.

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