Our Walk 4life walks are free, suitable for all ages and abilities and suit both beginner and intermediate levels. The walks last for around 50 minutes to an hour but you can start off by walking for just 10 -15 minutes if you want. You walk at your own pace for as long as you want, within the safety of a group with trained walk leaders. We welcome all abilities, including key workers or carers who would like to attend with their client. We walk in all weathers so come along and join us!

Walking is good for your health and wellbeing, and and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

 

Timetable

Day and date Meeting time Walk route Meeting place
Monday 29 October 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 29 October 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Wednesday 31 October 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Thursday 1 November 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Friday 2 November 201810 30pmWimbledon CommonMeet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19
Monday 5 November 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 5 November 201810 30pmJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 6 November 201810 30pmWimbledon CommonMeet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common. Led by Conservation Officer
Wednesday 7 November 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, London SM4 5JD
Thursday 8 November 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Monday 12 November 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 12 November 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Wednesday14 November 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, London SM4 5JD
Thursday 15 November 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Friday 16 November 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 19 November 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 19 November 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 20 November 201810 30pmWimbledon CommonMeet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common. Led by Conservation Officer
Wednesday 21 November 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Thursday 22 November 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Monday 26 November 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 26 November 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Wednesday 28 November 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Thursday 29 November 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Friday 30 November 201810 30amWimbledon CommonMeet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19
Monday 3 December 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 3 December 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 4 December 201810 30amWimbledon CommonMeet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common. Led by Conservation Officer
Wednesday 5 December 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, London SM4 5JD
Thursday 6 December 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Monday 10 December 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 10 December 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Wednesday 12 December 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, London SM4 5JD
Thursday 13 December 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Friday 14 December 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 17 December 201810 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 17 December 201810 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 18 December 201810 30amWimbledon CommonMeet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common. Led by Conservation Officer
Wednesday 19 December 20182 30pmMorden Hall Park and interesting walks from the parkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, London SM4 5JD
Thursday 20 December 201811amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
24 - 27 December 2018No walks during Christmas holiday period  
Friday 28 December 201810 30amWimbledon CommonMeet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19

 

Benefits of walking

Just 30 minutes of walking a day can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 40%. Brisk walking, when you breathe a little faster, feel a little warmer and have a slightly faster heartbeat, is an ideal moderate intensity activity.

Activities like health walks are especially beneficial for people with long term health conditions. For example physical activity can help manage some of the debilitating consequences of cancer treatment, and can even help reduce the chance of some cancers coming back. Other benefits of walking include improving circulation and breathing, combating depression, bolstering immune system, reducing diabetes, building bone density, increasing mobility and is a vital part of weight reduction. Plus you're walking in the fresh air and making new friends!

Walking for health (NHS website)

 

Walking routes and venues

The Morden Hall Park walks on Monday morning are mainly around the park, and the Wednesday afternoon walk varies to offer other interesting routes from the Park. There is a very pretty walk on a Monday morning at John Innes Park and Recreation Ground and we also offer an interesting Friday fortnightly walk on Wimbledon Common. The Thursday morning walk from Mitcham Junction Station takes in the lovely route along Mitcham Common, and on alternative Tuesday mornings we also offer an informative trail through Wimbledon Common.

 

Walk information

New walkers, please arrive 5 minutes before the start time and introduce yourself to the Walk Leader. You don't need special equipment to attend but it is recommended you wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and weather conditions. It is beneficial to bring bottled water as well and a hat when necessary.  A register is taken, and you will be given the option to fill in a brief confidential health questionnaire before the walk begins. At the end of the walk there is the opportunity, if you wish, to join the group for a coffee or snacks at a local cafe.  

Very occasionally, if the walk leader cannot attend, the walks may be led by an experienced member of the group as a "friends walk" and you can decide if you wish to walk with the group.

All walk venues have good transport links so this is an opportunity to leave the car at home and walk or use public transport to get to the venue. Not only are you helping the environment by reducing carbon emissions but you are also improving your health and saving money. You could start by using transport for part of your journey and walking the rest; this will help build stamina and mobility. We have also placed benches along walking routes to enable walkers have a rest on their way into town so give the car a rest!

 

Contact details

For more information on our walks or maps contact Future Merton Road Safety team:

Telephone: 020 8545 3206
Email: road.safety@merton.gov.uk

The YMCA lead walks from their Wimbledon centre. For walks with the YMCA see the YMCA website.