Walking in Horsham District
Guided Health Walks
Welcome to our walks page. We love our walks and we hope you do too. They're great for meeting new friends, filling your lungs with fresh air, and discovering new places to walk in Horsham District. Walking is a great way of being active, and it can be fitted into everyday life quite easily. Maybe you've been too busy, not had access to transport or been too ill to take part in a health walk before. Don't worry. The most important thing is to start to get active now. Something that we can help you with, every step of the way. From reducing stress, to losing weight, to sharing laughs, to making new friends, Horsham health walks have something for everyone. All the walks are led by trained volunteers and are free to join. If you have any worries or concerns about joining a walk, please telephone the Walk Leader.
The health walks will continue throughout the year, but please be aware that the Walk Leader may cancel the walk if they consider that the conditions are too hazardous. Each Walk Leader has the prerogative to make the decision to walk or not. If you would like to be sure that the walk is going ahead, please telephone the relevant walk leader. Please also check weather forecasts and road conditions, please make sure it is safe to travel, before travelling to the start of a walk.
What are Health Walks?
All our walks are now divided into two grades to help walkers find the right ones for their ability. The walks are either:
- 'Health walks' supported by the national Walking for Health programme and aimed at beginners and those who may have long term health conditions. Or:
- 'Leisure walks' supported by Horsham District Council and aimed at those who would like to progress on from health walks or would like an extra challenge.
A health walk will be less than 3 miles, over easy terrain, have no stiles, accessible for almost everyone, will be no longer than 90 minutes and more often less than an hour, will require no special equipment, and will be regular.
A leisure walk will be more than 3 miles, may have hills and stiles, may start from more rural places, probably require stout shoes or walking boots, may be only once a month or quarter,and will have a good pace.
Walking can form part of a healthy lifestyle, and for advice on other areas of your health and wellbeing please contact the Horsham District Wellbeing hub on 01403 215111 or visit www.horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk
A new website was launched in 2011 which provided information on those walks, countryside and green spaces which are accessible to those using wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs and buggies covering the South West and South East Regions. www.accessiblecountryside.org.uk
Outdoor Health Questionnaire
We ask every walker to fill in a brief Outdoor Health Questionnaire before they start walking with us. This information that you give us is treated with confidence. However, if you are walking with a leader for the first time, you should disclose information about any condition, which may endanger yourself or others.
You can download the form for the health questionnaire at the bottom of this page. Please bring it along completed to your first walk, or arrive at the walk in time to compete a form from the leader.
A printed version of the programme is available at a cost of £6 per year for four three-monthly booklets, or it can be downloaded from the top of this page.
If you would like to be put on our mailing list, please send a cheque payable to Horsham District Council to:
Health Walks Co-ordinator, Horsham District Council, Leisure Services, North Point, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RL
Guidelines for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks. However, the walk leader (who is responsible for the safety of the walkers) may offer advice, or request the removal of the dog form the walk if it is causing a nuisance. Please respect the views of our unpaid leaders and those of other walkers.
Sometimes it is not appropriate to take your dog on certain walks. It is clearly marked in the programme which walks welcome dogs. To ensure that our walks are enjoyed by walkers, dog owners and dogs alike we ask you to take a minute to read these simple guidelines.
- Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. Therefore, please ensure that your dog is under close control when near livestock and amongst a group of walkers.
- If conditions are suitable for dogs to be off the lead please ensure that they remain close to you and do not run back and forth through a line of walkers.
- Please ensure that your dog does not cause a nuisance at the start or end of the walk.
- Dogs need water as well as humans when out for a walk. Don't forget to provide for them, too.
- Please clean up after your dog.
Your Views Count
If you need any further information or have any comments, suggestions, or ideas on how we can improve our Healthy Walks programme in the Horsham District please contact the Health Walks Co-ordinator on Tel: 01403 215269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org