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Healthy Walks

Healthy Walk Group Photo

Joining a Healthy Walk is a great way to improve your health and fitness whilst enjoying the fresh air and meeting new people.

Merton Council has also launched a Walk 4life programme which encourages people aged 55 years and older to be more active through walking. All walks are split into two sessions so you can either walk for half an hour or an hour. All walks are free so come along, get fit and make new friends! For more information go to road safety.


When attending one of the road safety walks, please arrive 15 minutes early to complete a short questionnaire for insurance purposes.

Walk 4life Project

Walking is an excellent way to keep mobile whilst giving many health benefits which can all be done at your own pace.  As part of the project we are recruiting volunteers to be Walk Leaders and we provide free walk leader training courses throughout the year.  We publicise the walks available through doctors surgeries, residents and church communities and libraries.  We also train volunteers to lead walks from elderly care and sheltered homes and offering support as ‘buddy’ helpers for those more frail or in wheelchairs. This is a really worthwhile project, so If you would like more information about becoming a walk leader or supporting less able bodied people on walks go to road safety.

Why walk?

There are many reasons to start walking,

  • For health: walking strengthens your heart, bones and muscles and helps to control your weight.
  • For wealth: walking is free and will enrich your life in many ways.
  • For happiness: walking improves your mood and helps combat depression.
  • For comfort: go for a walk in your local park or wood and discover how nature can reduce stress and calm your mind.
  • For joy: walk with friends or join our walking group and discover just how much fun walking can be!

See also

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This page was last updated on Thursday 28 April 2016

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