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Cycling, walking and running

Walking

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.

Full details of our walks can be found below.

Get Wiltshire Walking

Please see below our schedule of daily walks across Wiltshire.

Free Graded Weekly Walking groups 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.

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.

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A 45 - 60 minute walk across varied terrain with some pauses. A progression walk for those looking to increase their physical activity and stamina.

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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.

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Download the Wiltshire Walking schedule of walks

Testimonials from walkers

Get Wiltshire Walking has generated so many amazing testimonials from walkers - read more of their stories below:

Brilliant! Provides both exercise and the opportunity to socialise. The choice of both stroller and strider walks and the ability to switch between both depending on needs at any one time enhances general wellbeing and provides valuable support. I have found places to walk in the area which I never knew were there! A coffee at the end is also most welcome and enables new friends to be made. Close

Moving to Westbury four years ago and joining Get Wiltshire Walking I have made lifelong friends, we share lovely times together. It’s given me confidence to face a life on my own, very up lifting. Walking has been my passion, it’s not the same walking on your own. The whole experience is invaluable, and I could not be without it. 

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The walking group is important to me, it gets me out and about I have met new friends. I wouldn’t walk much on my own and the group keeps me motivated. I live alone so the company is good especially our coffee and chat after the walk. I believe it helps with my physical and mental health and I very much appreciate all the time and effort from those that take part in leading and organising it. I am healthier and happier for doing it

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I very much enjoy and look forward to my weekly walk. Apart from the exercise that I get, I like to meet new people from the same area as myself. Particularly those who have lived here for many years and have a good understanding of the local history. I don’t always remember where I have walked as often I am deep in conversation with a fellow walker. It’s good to get out and walk in all weather conditions. A good hour well spent with new friends finished off with a cup of tea.

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I am so pleased to have found this walking group. It not only provides me with some exercise but also a chance to chat to lots of really nice people. I know of several of the walkers that are on their own who value this aspect of the walk as well. The walks being free is brilliant. The walk leaders are all so happy and dedicated that it makes it such a pleasure to walk with them. The tea and cakes at the end are an added bonus.   

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For information on other walking groups in your local community please have a look at the following websites: 

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Running - Beginners Running Courses

Running Wiltshire operates a series of Beginners Running Courses throughout the year at various locations across Wiltshire. These courses, delivered by Amy Chalk (Wiltshire Councils Run Activator), adapt a sofa to 5km approach through a combination of walking, jogging and running. Since 2018 courses have been delivered at:

  • Stanley Park, Chippenham
  • St Peter's School
  • Amesbury
  • Melksham
  • Tidworth
  • Pewsey
  • Royal Wootton Bassett 
  • Malmesbury

The sessions are designed to allow the group to have the skills to carry on running once the 10 week course is complete.

New course information coming soon - May 2020

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 2019.

Registration Form

Complete the Running registration form below and email to Amy Chalke, Wiltshire Council's Running Activator.

Pewsey Beginners Running Group, January 2019

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.

The groups range from complete beginners to advanced levels. Below are some of the groups listed with leaders contact details.

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Shrewton Running Club. Visit the website www.shrewtonrunning.club

New members welcome

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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. 

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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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Last updated: 20 May 2020 | Last reviewed: 20 May 2020