Frequently Asked Questions
What time do I need to turn up for a walk?
We suggest at least 10 minutes before the advertised start time. You will need to register your attendance and complete a Walker Registration Form. You may also wish to change into suitable footwear.
How much will it cost for me to join?
Our walks are of no cost to you. However, you are welcome to make a donation to help us run the scheme. Many of our walkers donate £10 a year but this is not compulsory. Our walk leaders do not take payment but please let them know if you wish to make a donation and they can help.
Will attending a walk be suitable for my health condition?
For most people physical activity does not pose a hazard and can be of great benefit for numerous health conditions.
However we recommend seeking medical advice before attending a walk if:
• A doctor has ever said you have a heart condition.
• You feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity.
• You ever lose balance because of dizziness or ever lose consciousness.
• In the past month have you have had pain in your chest when you were NOT doing physical activity.
• You have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity.
What should I wear?
You won’t need specialist walking equipment or expensive walking boots but it is a good idea to wear comfortable footwear. It can occasionally be muddy so bear this in mind and wear something suitable for the conditions. Shoes will heels; sandals and light slip-on shoes are not the best option.
How will I know who the walk leader is?
All our leaders should be standing at the start point, wearing a Hi-Viz jacket and carrying a clip-board. If you are unsure, just ask.
Can I bring a dog on a health walk?
In general we recommend that you should exercise caution when bringing a dog on health walks. For example, when around livestock, dogs should be kept on ‘short’ leads (i.e. leads which are no more than two metres long) so they can be adequately controlled.
Even if livestock is not present, dogs should be ‘under close control’ at all times. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean on a lead, dogs should be kept on a lead if owners cannot rely on their obedience. If in doubt, perhaps take part in your first walk without the dog and have a word with the walk leader, who will know the walk – and their walkers – well.
Will a walk go ahead if it’s raining?
This will depend on the severity of the rain. It is unlikely a walk will go ahead in very heavy rain. In light drizzle some of our leaders will decide to proceed. Our walk leaders will always turn up at a walk anyway to let you know.
Children and Vulnerable Adults
Walking for Health welcomes children and vulnerable adults on walks that are suitable for them. We are committed to equal opportunities and aim to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and not to discriminate on grounds of age, ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, disability or beliefs.
Our walk leaders, however, are unable to provide specialist care and support for people who have special needs or who are unable to care independently for themselves. As a general rule, we are only able to welcome adults in need of special care when they are accompanied by a carer or support worker to assist with their everyday needs.
Neither can they be responsible for looking after children and young people under the age of 18. East Surrey Walking for Health only accepts children on walks when they are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other person with equivalent responsibility for them, such as a teacher or youth worker.
This guidance is designed to: help potential walkers decide if Walking for Health is right for them; help those running local Walking for Health schemes support children and vulnerable adults.