Walk for Health

Our Walk for Health scheme is a programme of fun, free and accessible weekly volunteer-led walks ideal for anyone looking to become more active and meet new people. It can also, if advised by a doctor, assist with recovery from the long-term effects of Covid.

In line with the latest government guidance, group walks have returned to no limit on numbers. Social distancing is maintained throughout, and those who would like to wear a face covering are welcome to do so.

The walks last from 30 to 90 minutes, ideal for anyone who would like to start becoming more active or keep fit and healthy. 

Walking can help us to feel happier and healthier, reducing the risk of heart disease and conditions such as breast cancer and dementia.

The scheme is part of the National Walking for Health network which currently has 70,000 regular walkers taking part across the country. We are passionate about setting up health walks in the beautiful district of Mole Valley. Just bring yourself, comfortable shoes and clothing, sunglasses and a bottle of water on sunny days and an umbrella and waterproofs if raining.

For more information on the walks, email wellbeing@molevalley.gov.uk or call 01306 885001.  

Walk for Health walkers get a 30% discount when they join the Ramblers.

Become a Volunteer Walk Leader

Mole Valley Ramblers

Mole Valley Ramblers offers friendly group walking across the heart of Surrey and further afield. They provide a full range of walks, both on weekdays and at weekends, generally 5-7 miles for half day walks and 10-14 for full day walks. They also offer shorter more leisurely walks, of 3-5 miles, for those who would prefer to begin with something gentler. Some walks are being limited in size and must be pre-booked.

Timetable of Walks

Dorking short walk (including a 30 minute walk option)

When: Tuesdays 10.30am (every week)

Meet: Outside reception, Mole Valley District Council Offices, RH4 1SJ

Duration: 60 minutes

Walk Leader: Estelle Holmes/ Stephanie Christensen

Contact: wellbeing@molevalley.gov.uk

North Holmwood

When: Wednesdays 10.30am (1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month)

Meet: 1st Wednesday of the month meet at Inholms Car Park, North Holmwood, RH5 4HH. 3rd Wednesday of the month meet at the pond at Spook Hill / North Holmwood

Duration: 90 minutes

Walk Leader: Sue Cox and Rosemary Hobbs

Contact: wellbeing@molevalley.gov.uk

Buckland

When: Thursdays 10.30am (3rd Thursday of the month)

Meet: Rectory Lane Buckland War Memorial, RH3 7BH

Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

Walk Leader: Mandy Cooper

Contact: mandycooper1@yahoo.co.uk

Brockham

When: Thursdays 10.30am (1st Thursday of the month)

Meet: Dorking Rugby Club Car Park, Brockham Big Field, RH3 7LZ

Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

Walk Leader: John Hartley

Contact: johnrlhartley309@gmail.com

Diabetes

When: 1st, 3rd & 5th Monday of the month in Leatherhead. 2nd & 4th Monday of the month at Denbies Wine Estate. All walks begin at 10am. 

Meet: 1st, 3rd & 5th Monday meet at The Swan Centre, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH. 2nd & 4th Monday of the month meet at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA. Meet in car park opposite farm shop and look for walk leader. 

Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

Walk Leader: Laura Hunt

Contact: To book your place contact Laura on 07954 013496 or email surrey_downs_diabetes@outlook.com

Bumps to Buggies

Please note: THE MEADOWBANK PARK WALK IS FOR "BUMPS" ONLY AND THE NORTH HOLMWOOD COMMON WALK IS FOR "BUGGIES"

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at Meadowbank Park. 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at North Holmwood Common. All walks begin at 10.30am. 

Meet: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month meet outside Meadowbank cafe, RH4 1LB. 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month meet at Inholms car park, RH5 4JU.

Duration: 60 minutes 

Walk Leader: Jenny Parsons

Contact: Please contact Jenny on their Facebook page.

Bookham Common 

When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 

Meet: Tunnel car park, KT23 3JG

Duration: 60 mins

Walk Leader: Estelle Holmes will lead the 2nd Wednesday of the month and Rekha will lead the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Denbies Vineyard

When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 10.30am

Meet: Denbies car park, farm shop, RH5 6AA

Duration: 60 mins

Walk Leader: Rosemary Horton

Leatherhead (Norbury Park and River Mole)

When: Thursdays at 10.30am

Meet: Leatherhead Leisure Centre Reception, KT22 9BL. Gather further along and away from the reception area / doors at Leatherhead

Duration: 60 - 90 mins

Walk Leader: Rota of volunteers

Mary Frances Leatherhead

When: Tuesdays at 1pm

Meet: Leatherhead Leisure Centre Entrance, KT22 9BL. 

Duration: 45 mins

Walk Leader: Rota of volunteers

Contact: To book your place email info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk or call 01372 375400 and leave a voicemail.

Become a Volunteer Walk Leader

We currently have more than 20 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, all with a shared passion for walking! We can only set up new walks and develop our programme with the help of volunteers. Each walk has a Volunteer Walk Leader and Back Marker to enable each walker to go at a pace that is comfortable for them. Training, support and equipment is provided for all volunteers. 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.

For more information, email wellbeing@molevalley.gov.uk or call 01306 885001.  

Mole Valley Ramblers

Mole Valley Ramblers offer friendly group walking across the heart of Surrey and further afield. They provide a full range of walks, both on weekdays and at weekends, generally 5-7 miles for half day walks and 10-14 for full day walks. They also offer shorter more leisurely walks, of 3-5 miles, for those who would prefer to begin with something gentler. Some walks are being limited in size and must be pre-booked.

A few of our Walk Leaders

Catherine Delehanty (Leatherhead walk)

John Hartley (Brockham walk)

Mandy Cooper (Buckland walk)

Stephanie Christensen (Dorking Tuesday walk)

Rosemary Horton (Denbies walk)

Susan Cox (left) and Rosemary Hobbs (right) (North Holmwood walk)