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Healthy walking and Health Walks in Adur and Worthing:

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Health Walks in Adur

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).

This replaces the Outdoor Health Questionnaire and asks for information about your general health and background which will be used by Walking for Health to manage, evaluate and conduct research about the health walks schemes.

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 (854KB)
  • 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 (782KB)
  • 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 (622KB)

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.

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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. Families are welcome, as are well behaved dogs.

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:

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 by Walking for Health to manage, evaluate and conduct research about the health walks schemes. 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 will be detailed below - and flyers will be distributed to regular walkers:

  • Saturday 15th July 2017:
    We have been invited to join Horsham Health Walks for the Horsham Annual Riverside walk. The full walk is 13 miles but there is a free pick up bus that you can take back to the start at several points along the route. The walk passes through woodland, pastures, farmland, historic mill, Warnham Nature Reserve and the remains of a motte and bailey castle. Meet at Horsham Rugby club, Hammerpond Road, RH13 6PJ. Free car parking. Refreshments will be available to purchase at New House Farm, Warnham Nature Reserve and the Rugby Club, or bring a picnic lunch.

Previous special events walks:

  • May 2017: Littlehampton area and visit to Viridor recycling facility
  • April 2017: Arlington Reservoir and bluebells at Bates Farm
  • March & April 2017: Walks to Coombes Farm to coincide with lambing time
  • November 2016: Portsmouth and Southsea
  • October 2016: Arundel and River Arun
  • July 2016: Visit to the Ferring area taking in River Rife, Bluebird Cafe, Ferring Country Centre and The English Martyrs Church
  • June 2016: Annual Horsham river walk
  • May 2016: Walk round Arlington Reservoir followed by a trip to Bates Farm magnificent bluebell trail
  • March & April 2016: Walks to Coombes Farm to coincide with lambing time
  • March 2016: Tilgate Park
  • November 2015: Rottingdean and Brighton Marina
  • September 2015: Warnham Nature Reserve and Southwater Park
  • July 2015: Walk round Stanmer Park and the surrounding area
  • 2015: 3 mid-week breaks to Southdown Holiday Village at Bracklesham Bay which included several walks round the Chichester Harbour area.

If you need any further information about these special events walks please contact Adur Healthy Walkers or the Communities Team.

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

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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 Walks 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 Distict: 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 01903 203207 or Ricky 01903 690967

Durrington Walkers

  • 2:30pm on Wednesdays
  • Meet: Durrington Community Centre, Tesco Complex, New Road, Worthing
  • Contact: Irene 01903 506342
  • Email: durringtonwalkers@hotmail.co.uk

Heene Healthy Walkers

  • 10:15am on Tuesdays
  • Meet: Emmanuel URC Church Hall, St Michael's Road, Worthing
  • We run a choice of two walks (long or short), returning to the start point for refreshments
  • Contact: Gill 01903 539655 or email at gilltucker@ntlworld.com

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 (2 miles or 1 mile) 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 to 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.

  • Walk Jog Run website: route planner: Allows you to input your start location by postcode (or zoom into the map to the right area). If you then click on 'create a route' , you can click out the route you want to take on the map, it then tells you how far it is, how long it will take (you can set your walking pace) and how many calories you will use.
    See: Walk jog run 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
  • Walkit website: You can input a UK start location or postcode and a UK finish location or postcode (and a mid route point - ignore that it says London in the top pull down menu), choose a direct or less busy route and it will then give you a map and directions and it will also give you distance and calorie burn and how much CO2 you have avoided creating.
    See: Walkit 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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