Health walks

Health Walks in Adur

Coronavirus (COVID-19): In line with the latest advice from Walking for Health, we have resumed Adur Healthy Walkers walks but with some important restrictions: Numbers will be limited on walks to maintain social distancing, and we are still operating a booking system. See below for the rules for walkers and booking procedure.

Introduction: Get fit - Look fit - Be fit ...

Adur Healthy Walkers will take you on a journey to a new you! Come along and join in the fun. This new programme offers walks to suit all levels of fitness.

Adur Healthy Walkers is free. You will meet new people and enjoy the fresh air. The best tonic of all is getting that oxygen into your lungs!

All you need to do is turn up ten minutes before the start. You will be required to fill in a Walker Registration Form when you walk with us for the first time - see registration form (below).

Trained leaders will be there to lead you on interesting walks through the local countryside, by the sea or past places of interest.

Under 18s are welcome on the walks but must be accompanied by an adult.

Our walks are separated into level 1 and 2 Health walks, which are 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes duration and Level 3 Friends walks which are more strenuous and over 2 hours duration:

  • Level 1 Health walks = a gentle stroll
    - takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour:

    If you haven't done much walking before then try the Level 1 walks to 'Get going'. These involve shorter distances and easier terrain. A 30-minute walk is available once every 3 weeks. ‌
    PDF FileLevel 1 walks descriptions and start points (876KB)
  • Level 2 Health walks = longer distance
    - takes about 1.5 hours:

    If you feel you can do a bit longer distance try the Level 2 walks and 'Keep going'. ‌
    PDF FileLevel 2 walks descriptions and start points (718KB)
  • Level 3 Friends walks = extra challenge
    - takes about 2 to 3 hours:

    Finally if you like more of a challenge (beyond Walking for Health) then go for the Level 3 walks and you can "go on and on" like Forest Gump! These are longer distances over a wider range of terrain and up on The Downs.‌
    PDF FileLevel 3 walks descriptions and start points (404KB)

By the end of the walk you should feel relaxed refreshed, re-energised and revitalised ... and ready to put your feet up ... until the next time!

So come along and enjoy the sights sounds and smells of the great outdoors.

See the programme details below.

Health Walks in Adur: booking procedure for walkers

  • For everyone on our mailing list we will send out programmes each month, with the leaders name and email address or telephone number
  • Choose which walk or walks you wish to do. Email the leader with your choice and supply your name, telephone number and dates
  • Give at least 3 days notice. If you need to cancel then please give as much notice as possible as other people may be waiting to walk.
  • Monday walks will be the same but will be limited to two groups, 20 walkers in total. These will leave at 10 minute intervals - 10:30 and 10:40. We will meet outside the library (or in the car park underneath if raining), and there will be no tea or coffee after the walk. Choose which walk or walks you wish to do and email Jean Marsh with your name, dates and telephone numbers. Although there will be two other leaders, Jean will take bookings for all the groups to save any confusion. A reserve list will be kept in case of cancellations.
  • If you do not have access to email then please phone Sue on 07923 443731 and leave your name, telephone number and the walk you wish to book, and she will pass your details on to the relevant leader

Health Walks in Adur: Covid-19 rules for walkers

  • The leaders will be completing the registers and registration forms
  • Walkers must carry with them face masks, gloves or sanitiser. Some of the walks have gates or stiles – please make sure you use sanitiser after touching these. Where feasible, the leader will hold gates open for walkers
  • For the time being there will be NO car sharing, for obvious reasons
  • At all times there should be a distance of at least 1m between walkers, either in single file or side by side
  • Quite a lot of footpaths are narrow and used by other people and in this instance the leader will ask you to walk in single file with a 1m gap between yourself and other path users
  • Two of the Monday walks have been changed slightly to avoid the path by the houseboats as this is too narrow to enable social distancing
  • Please listen to the leader's instruction - anyone not following the rules will be asked to leave the walk

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Walks programme details

We have wide range of healthy walks lined up for the coming months, so why not get out in the fresh air and join us.

All you need to do is turn up ten minutes before the start. You will be required to fill in a 'Walker Registration Form' when you walk with us for the first time - see registration form (below).

Walks programmes and information to download:

See also: Special events walks (below)

Where do the walks start from?

Other useful information:

Walks organised by other organisations:

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Walker Registration Form

The Walker Registration Form is used to obtain consent for walkers to be contacted by Ramblers and /or Adur Healthy Walkers in compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) which came into force on 25th May 2018. An optional anonymous health survey may also be completed. The information you give on the form will be stored on a secure database which is managed by Walking for Health. Once the information has been entered, the paper form will be destroyed.

This form only needs to be completed once when you first walk with us.

Further information please see the:

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Special events walks

Several times a year we have special one-off walks, which are advertised to our regular walkers via flyers and email.

For details of regular walks see Walks programme details (above).

Fundraising Events

  • none planned at the moment

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Adur Healthy Walkers Scheme training days

Would you like to join a happy band of volunteers to lead walks for the new Adur Healthy Walkers Scheme?

Training days are run as required. Training is FREE and lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.

They are run under the auspices of the Walking for Health Initiative (see the Walking for Health website). This is a great organisation which has trained over 31,000 volunteer leaders in the past ten years.
Please note that if you are interested in attending a training day you must register beforehand, you can't just turn up on the day.

If you would like to train to lead walks in Adur, or know someone who might be interested, or would like more information, please contact Adur Healthy Walkers or the Communities Team.

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Want to know more?

If you need any further information or want to train to be a volunteer Healthy Walk leader please contact Communities Team.

Other useful pages on our website:

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About the Adur area

The Adur District covers an area between the South Downs and the coast and lies between Worthing and Brighton & Hove.

Towns in the district include Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick, Lancing, Sompting and the smaller areas of Coombes, Fishersgate, Kingston by Sea (or Kingston Buci).

The north of the Adur District falls within the South Downs National Park and many of our walks are in this area of outstanding natural beauty. There are also three Local Nature Reserves (LNR) within the Adur District which include: Mill Hill LNR, Lancing Ring LNR and Shoreham Beach LNR (see the Conservation and countryside section).

Other long distance routes that pass through the district include:

  • The Monarch's Way is a 615 mile (990 km) long-distance footpath in England that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 that runs from Worcester to Shoreham-by Sea after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester
  • The South Downs Way which runs for 99 miles (160 km) from Winchester in Hampshire, to Eastbourne in East Sussex
  • The Coastal Link runs from the coast all the way to Guildford via Horsham and links with The Downs Link which is a 36.7 mile (58.7 km) footpath and bridleway linking the North Downs Way at St. Martha's Hill in Surrey with the South Downs Way near Steyning in West Sussex and then on via the Coastal Link to Shoreham-by-Sea.

The Adur District also includes places of interest such as Shoreham Fort, Shoreham Toll Bridge, The Adur Ferry Bridge - Shoreham footbridge, RSPB Wildfowl Reserve, Widewater Lagoon, River Adur and part of the South Downs National Park.

There are also numerous historic churches to visit. The following can also be found in the Adur District: Shoreham Airport (external website) and Shoreham Port (external website).

For maps of the area see where is Adur and the River Adur webpage.

Other walking groups:

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Health walks in Worthing

Why walking is good for you

  • Improves fitness and health
  • Reduces stress
  • Burns same amount of calories as jogging
  • It can reduce risk of diabetes
  • It can improve blood pressure
  • It can halve the risk of a heart or stroke
  • It is a great way to meet new friends

Health Walking Groups in Worthing

Broadwater Strollers Walking Group

  • 10:00am on Wednesdays
  • Meet: Broadwater Green, Cricket Pavilion
  • Contact: Dave on 01903 203207
    or Ricky on 01903 690967

Durrington Walkers

  • 2:30pm on Wednesdays
  • Meet: Durrington Community Centre, Tesco Complex, New Road, Worthing
  • Contact: Irene on 01903 506342
  • Email:

Heene Healthy Walkers

  • 10:30am on Tuesdays
  • Meet: from 10:20 am in Marine Gardens by the putting green/cafe
  • Walks last around 20 to 30 minutes, returning to Marine Gardens for tea/coffee in the cafe
  • Contact: Gill on 01903 539655
  • email at

St Lawrence Strollers

  • Tuesday mornings - 9:45am for 10:00am start
  • Meet: St Lawrence Surgery (corner of St Lawrence Ave/Rectory Road)
  • We run a choice of two walks (1 or 2 miles) ending at the surgery for refreshments (suggested donation 50p)
  • Contact: Ian Leedham on 07768 593 977
    or via the surgery on 01903 222900

Other walking groups

General information

  • All the centres offer weekly walks and are between 35 and 40 minutes in duration.
  • All abilities are welcome as there are a couple of walks to choose from depending on your ability.
  • Each walk is taken by an experienced walk leader, all who lead and back mark so every walker can walk at their own pace.
  • There is an opportunity after each walk to socialise over refreshments.
  • Additional walks are offered from time to time on other days at each centre which are longer and sometimes out of the district.

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Useful external weblinks

Other walking groups:

Walking websites:

Further walking schemes across Sussex on other local council websites:

Links to on-line walking route planner websites:

If you want to plan a route to walk to any of the council buildings see the addresses and postcodes on our council buildings webpage.

See also:

  • Mapometer: Plot a route to see how far you have walked or run and see how much energy you have used.
    See: Mapometer website
  • Weight loss resources website: Walking Route Map Planner: Zoom in on the UK or the part of the world you are interested in (using the tools in the map panel) and then plot your walk by double clicking on the map to plot points on your route - it will then tell you how long your route is.
    See: Weight loss resources website
  • Via Michelin website: Zoom in on the UK or the part of the world you are interested in, enter the start and finish points of your route and then in the 'driving directions' section select the 'pedestrian' option and then click search.
    See: Via Michelin website
  • Journey On: Walking route planner in Brighton and Hove
    See: Journey on - on the Brighton & Hove City Council website
  • Google maps: allows you to plot walking routes and get estimated times for your journey
    See: Google maps

Copies of booklets of guided walks are also available to buy or borrow at your local libraries. West Sussex County Council produce one and so do East Sussex County Council. You can also find them in local book shops.

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Page last updated: 24 May 2022

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