Cycling, walking and running
Following the latest Government announcement of further national restrictions being introduced, we are having to suspend Get Wiltshire Walking from Thursday 5 November until further notice. We will be following the government's updates closely and hope to welcome you back to the groups as soon as we are able to do so.
Get Wiltshire Walking is a Public Health funded project which aims to ensure every community within the county has access to a FREE weekly led walk. Each walk has its regular starting venue on the same day and time each week. We try to vary the routes each week and always ensure that the slowest walkers are looked after. Get Wiltshire Walking shows details of the walks.
Our free, graded weekly walking groups are lead by fully qualified walk leaders. Friendly and fun, they are a great opportunity to get fit, meet new people and get to know your local area.
Sorry no dogs, other than sensory dogs, allowed.
Our walks will be returning i after lockdown. At this time they will only be open to previously registered walkers. Our Walk-Coordinators will be in touch with these walkers with the programme schedule.
A 30 minute walk across a largely flat, stable terrain at a gentle pace with frequent pauses. Suitable for those wishing to become more active or those recovering from surgery or illness.
A 45 - 60 minute walk across varied terrain with some pauses. A progression walk for those looking to increase their physical activity and stamina.
This is a 60 - 90 minute largely continuous walk across varied terrain including some gradients. A walk intended to offer a more vigorous pace and workout.
All our walks are led by fully trained leaders who are able to manage and tailor the walk to meet the needs of the requirements of the participants. Providing you are independently mobile and able to meet the physical demands of the walk, everyone is welcome.
By attending the walk participants are declaring themselves fit for the activity and they maintain responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing throughout the walk.
Testimonials from walkers
Get Wiltshire Walking has generated so many amazing testimonials from walkers - read more of their stories below:
I have walked with the Cricklade Get Wiltshire Walking group for over 6 years and know the community spirit and help it in times of need.
Recently I found out, first hand, just how important that support can be. Eight weeks ago, following an insect bite, I developed cellulitis in my foot and leg.
I was unable to drive and I had extreme difficulty walking. As a widow with my family a 100+ miles away in different directions, I would have really struggled without the help and support of my friends in the walking group.
I had so many offers of help: transport, shopping, plus home visits (with flowers and magazines) and 'phone chats to help with my morale. One lady drove me to/from the hospital daily, over 6 days, as I needed intravenous antibiotics; another helped me ferry my cats to/from the cattery. Then there were trips out for coffee and short walks, once I was more mobile. I also received messages of support from other GWW walk groups, friends made during challenge walks; not forgetting regular contact by the walk coordinators.
It's scary to realise how quickly life can change: I went from very active and enjoying the benefits of long walks, to being housebound. I am now on the mend, still limping but able to join with the starter walk followed by coffee and a chat with all the walkers at the United Church coffee morning. I now have the confidence to make short daily solo walks. I have no doubt that without the support of my local walking group life would have been very different and my recovery would have been affected.
Importantly, my family could rest easy in the knowledge that I was being well supported.
Ben joined the Ludgershall walking group after his aunt saw the flyer in the local library. As a child, Ben was fit and active, but he began to suffer ill health in 1999 and was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2000.
Ben's experience with Get Wiltshire Walking has helped to turn his life around. His own self-discipline and determination, and the regular walking sessions, have seen him lose more than seven stone in weight, reducing his back pain, regaining his mobility and helping him to become a great deal more confident, outgoing and interested in pursuing exercise and other sporting activities.
The group has provided Ben with a regular form of outdoor exercise, an opportunity to socialise, make new friends and to learn about his local area, plus the chance to develop and use new leadership skills as a volunteer walk leader and give something back to the group.
Ben's inspirational story shows how Get Wiltshire Walking can provide not just an opportunity for physical exercise, but it can also help to improve mental health, combat social isolation, build confidence and offer opportunities to develop new skills.
|Alternate Mondays||Trowbridge walking forum||1.5 mile short walks.5 mile long walks|
|Monday||Salisbury and District Walking for Health||Short, and Longer walks available as well as bus walk||Pam Rouquette on 01722 334209|
|Tuesday||Trowbridge walking for health||3 miles||Alan Thirlwell on 01225 760492 or Alf Moreton on 01225 755727 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Second Sunday of the month and last Tuesday of the month||Bradford on Avon walkers are welcome||Usually between 5 and 7 miles occasionally longer|
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Beginners running courses
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- Stanley Park, Chippenham
- St Peter's School
The sessions are designed to allow the group to have the skills to carry on running once the 10 week course is complete.
Following the latest Government announcement of further national restrictions being introduced, we are having to suspend the face to face Beginners Running Course from Thursday 5 November. However this will continue virtually via the Active Wiltshire Facebook page.
If you are interested in finding out more about the courses email Amy at Amy.Chalk@wiltshire.gov.uk or alternatively complete a registration form below for our current or upcoming courses in 2020.
Complete the Running registration form below and email to Amy.Chalk@wiltshire.gov.uk, Wiltshire Council's Running Activator.
Running opportunities in Wiltshire
Wiltshire has a thriving running community and there are numerous groups across the county which are organised by trained leaders. These groups are very welcoming and are a great social environment in which people of any fitness level can participate in running. As a council we strive to support these groups and established clubs to offer sessions from the complete beginner to the elite runner.
Amy Chalk, Run Activator, helps and supports the run leaders within these groups as well as initiating new groups and running opportunities across the county. We hope you find the information below helpful to finding a running group in your area.
- Chippenham Harriers, Chippenham sports and social club. Email: email@example.com
- Corsham running club, Corsham. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- STAR Stonehenge Triathlon and Road running club, Durrington. Email: email@example.com
- Malborough Running Club. Email: Dominique@wiltssport.org or phone: 07917030946
- K and M Running, Marlborough Leisure Centre. Contact Karen Bartlett
Beginners and intermediate sessions
- Wootton Bassett Hounds. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrewton Running Club. Visit the website Shrewton Running Club
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- Sutton Benger running group. Email: email@example.com
- Tidworth running group, Tidworth leisure centre. Email: Amy.Chalk@wiltshire.gov.uk
- Westbury running group, Leighton Recreation Centre. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07846 100233
- Studiobelle runners. Email: email@example.com or email: 07968 430333
School gate runs
A social session for complete beginners to start exercising straight after the school drop off.
Bring the buggy if required and join us at the school gate for a 45 minute active session.
If you would like more information or advice contact your Wiltshire Activator, Amy Chalk.
Email: Amy.Chalk@wiltshire.gov.uk Phone: 07917213726
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- Connecting Wiltshire: cycling - providing information on how to get into cycling, equipment, basic safety, routes and places to ride in Wiltshire.
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- Public rights of way
- Wiltshire Cycleway - Wiltshire Cycleway has been split into 16 sections which can be downloaded or printed.
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