Southampton Walking Opportunities

Want to walk with others?


We work with Sustrans and Walking for Health to support a number of walks across Southampton. 

You can attend any or all of the following walks:

Mondays at 10am from the Hawthorn Centre on the Common - a walk that lasts just under an hour. We stay on the pavements and it’s almost completely off road. Many walkers stay afterwards for a social tea or coffee and a chat at the Hawthorns café. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register.  (Moderate one hour 'Keep Fit' walk)

Mondays at 10.30am from Central Library in the Civic Building.  In partnership with Macmillan, this walk is designed for anyone affected by cancer.  The walk will be run by trained volunteers ready to offer you support and advice in confidence.  The walk will tak you around Central Parks and incorporates mindfulness and breathing techniques.  Enjoy refreshments with the Macmillan team in the library afterwards. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start to register. (Gentle pace 45 minute 'Walk and Talk') 

Tuesdays at 10.30am from the Shirley Health Centre - a mixed pace walk of about 30 minutes on the pavement on quiet roads. There are some kerbs and roads to cross. It is a great walk for people just beginning to walk to improve their health. Many walkers stay afterwards for a social tea or coffee in the medical centre. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Mixed pace 30 minute 'Get Fit' walk)

Tuesdays at 2pm - Stress buster walk from the Hawthorns Centre on the Common - a walk that lasts just under an hour. We walk mostly off-road and return to the Hawthorns café so that people can stay for a social time, afterwards, if they wish. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Brisk one hour 'Keep Fit' walk)

Thursdays at 10:30 am from the Hawthorns Centre on the Common - a walk that lasts just under an hour. We stay on the pavements and it’s completely off road apart from the Cowherds car park and Cemetery Road. Many walkers stay afterwards for a social tea or coffee and a chat at the Hawthorns ca. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register.  (Moderate one hour 'Keep Fit' walk)

Thursdays at 11am from the Weston Lane Healthy Living Centre - a walk that lasts about 50 minutes, including a 5 minute break at the seats on Weston Shore to admire the view. Going at a gentle pace (or slightly faster), this walk is designed for people just beginning to use walking as a way to improve their health.  We'll stay on pavements and paths, and can adjust the route to suit the participants.  We'll have a tea or coffee back at the community room at the Weston Lane surgery.  New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the leader and register(Mixed pace 50 minute 'Get Fit' walk)

Sundays at 2pm from the Hawthorns Centre on the Common - a good walk in good company that lasts just under an hour. We walk mostly off-road and return to the Hawthorns café so that people can stay around for a chat afterwards, if they wish. New people should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to meet the walk leader and register. (Fairly brisk one hour ‘Social’ walk)

 Our Walk Leaders

We couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers. If you’d like to be a walk leader, contact us at activetravel@myjourneysouthampton.com or on 02380 834 219 for more information on how you could help lead or support regular walks — we ask for at least one session a month. We have walk leader training workshops regularly, and we give support with running your own walk or finding you a walk to support. We've also helped a number of partnering organisations set up walks that meet the needs of their clients. What makes a great walk leader? See the Walking for Health role description.

 

Other groups that walk:

Southampton Ramblers - They run regular sessions across Hampshire. Some are shorter walks of 5-6 miles so check their website for an up-to-date calendar of walks. 
Southampton Orienteers -  A group that runs regular sessions across South Hampshire. 
Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery - led walks on the Common’s Old Cemetery focusing on both conservation and heritage, as well as information about the area. Check their website for a programme of walks.
NCT – if you are looking for a buggy walk or a chance to meet other parents, check their website. They have some walks, and may well have members who are interested in starting small groups.

Capable Creatures (facebook page) – This group has started a peer support dog walk for people with mental health issues.  

Monthly Central Parks Walk - A guided walk to look at the central parks in more detail--the plants, trees, monuments and flowers.  This one hour walk runs on the last Wednesday of every month from March-October.  Meet at the Civic Centre Fountain at 12:30; no need to book.

How about creating your own walk?  You can also discover, create and share your own walks with Go Jauntly.

Want to walk more in your day to day?

Health guidance suggests that you aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, in bits of 10 min or more so that you get your heart rate up. There are lots of ways to get there, though — no need to trek across Southampton for 2 ½ hours, unless you want to!

You can also have a look at our page 'Want to Walk More' with tips on how to achieve 150 minutes a week, or our page 'Why Walk' to get you inspired and more information about how to make sure you are getting in 'brisk walking'.

 

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