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 dateMeeting timeWalk routeMeeting place
Thursday 18 April11amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Friday 19 April10 30amWimbledon CommonMeet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19
Monday 22 April10 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 22 April10 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Thursday 25 April11amMitcham CommonMeet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham. Steps over bridge, stile to golf course
Monday 29 April10 30amMorden Hall ParkMorden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd, SM4 5JD
Monday 29 April10 30amJohn Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 30 April10 30pmWimbledon CommonMeet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common. Led by Conservation Officer
Thursday 2 May 11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday 3 May10 30pmMorden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Thursday 9 May11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Monday 13 May10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 13 May 10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday14 May10 30pmWimbledon Common Meet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common.  Led by Conservation Officer 
Thursday 16 May 11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday  17 May10 30am Wimbledon Common Meet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19 
Monday 20 May10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 20 May10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Thursday 23 May11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Tuesday 28 May10 30pmWimbledon Common Meet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common.  Led by Conservation Officer 
Thursday 30 May 11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday 31 May10 30pmMorden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 3 June10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 3 June 10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Thursday 6 June11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Monday 10 June10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 10 June10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 11 June10 30pmWimbledon Common Meet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common.  Led by Conservation Officer 
Thursday 13 June11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday 14 June10 30am Wimbledon Common Meet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19 
Monday 17 June10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 17 June10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Thursday 20 June 11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Monday 24 June10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 24 June10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 25 June10 30pmWimbledon Common Meet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common.  Led by Conservation Officer 
Thursday 27 June11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday 28 June10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 1 July10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 1 July10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Thursday 4 July11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Monday 8 July10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 8 July10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 9 July10 30pmWimbledon Common Meet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common.  Led by Conservation Officer 
Thursday 11 July 11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday 12 July10 30am Wimbledon Common Meet at 93 bus stop on Windmill Rd, opposite Parkside Hospital, SW19 
Monday 15 July10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 15 July10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Thursday 18 July11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Monday 22 July10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 22 July10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA
Tuesday 23 July10 30pmWimbledon Common Meet at Information Centre, Nr Windmill, Wimbledon Common.  Led by Conservation Officer 
Thursday 25 July 11amMitcham Common Meet at bus stop on bridge nr to Mitcham Junction Station, off Carshalton Rd Mitcham.  Steps over bridge, stile to golf course 
Friday 26 July10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday29 July10 30am Morden Hall Park Morden Hall National Trust Café, Morden Hall Rd,  SM4 5JD
Monday 29 July10 30am John Innes Park & Recreation GroundOutside  Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA

 

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. 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.