Walking for Health

A new Opportunity is available in the borough, free of charge, to help people to get out and about in the fresh air, to get their area better, to connect with other people and to feel better physically and mentally.

With funding from Big Lottery and on behalf of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, from now until 31st March 2015 I am helping the most vulnerable and the most inactive people in Southwark get more active through walking but at their own pace, in a fun way, in their local area and with lots of support.

The Walking for Health Outreach Project will:

  • Work with community and health-related organisations to provide 12-week walking programmes of tailored, graduated walks
  • Work with individuals who are least active and who may have long-term health conditions
  • Provide led, accessible walks that are designed to be a gateway to independent walking or a stepping stone to joining an existing Walking for Health group
  • Recruit and train volunteers to lead walks and develop new routes
  • Aim to make walking part of people’s everyday life, and thereby contribute to alleviating isolation, improving mental well-being and promoting physical activity.

They run a wide range of health walks for a wide range of people:

Bermondsey Bombers 
Weekly on Thursdays at 11am
Normally meet outside Artestian Health Centre, 138 Grange Road, SE1 3GF. This can change some weeks please email to check meeting point
The walk is free of charge
Led by Klair and Chris

Dulwich Park
Just inside College Gate entrance, Dulwich Park
Weekly on Wednesdays at 10am
Free of charge
The walk starts with a five minute warm up walk and then at least 20 minutes of brisk walking. This is followed by a cool down walk of about five minutes.
Led by Frank
The people who already attend the walks are all at different levels so do not worry about the pace, there will always be someone walking at your speed and our walk leader will always be available to assist you.

Early bird walk
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6.30am to 7.30am
Meet at the corner of Barry Road Pelican Crossing, near Peckham Rye Park
Led by Sarah

Southwark Park Buggy Walk
Wednesdays 11am to 12noon
Meet outside the Cafe – Led by Maureen

Peckham Rye Park Buggy Walk
Starts 15th Sept 2010
Tuesdays 10am to 11am
Meet at Rye Oak Children’s Centre, Whorlton Road, SE15 3PD
Led by Marian and Elizabeth

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre Buggy Walk
Fridays 3pm to 4pm
Meet outside Starbucks in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre
Run by Jana, for information call: 07726 243 920; or email
Please note this walk is organised independently from Southwark Council

1st Place Children’s Centre, Chumleigh Street
Fridays 10am to 11am
Meet at 1st Place Children’s Centre, Chumleigh Street, SE5 0RN
Led by Janine, for details contact

The largactyl shuffle walk
This walk takes place every third Saturday of a month
Meet outside the entrance of the Maudsley Hospital
For information on this walk please contact Cooltan Arts by telephone on 020 7701 2696
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For More information please contact Sylvia Livett on 0207 5250294 or email

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Southwark Carers
3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EW
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Contact us

020 7708 4497

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Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).

Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle

Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45