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Healthy Walks

Poole Health Walks Scheme

The Poole Health Walks Scheme offers a number of free walks which take place around Poole on a weekly and monthly basis. Most walks are short in length, typically between 1 and 2 miles and take place on firm level ground and are led by trained volunteer walk leaders.

The walks take in some of Poole's most picturesque locations including Upton Country Park, Poole Park, Canford Heath and Delph Woods.

There is no need to pre-book for any of the walks. Just turn up at the meeting point detailed below and walk with a friendly and sociable group. All our walks end with post walk refreshments using on-site facilities, be it coffee and cake!

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Walking Schedule

Monday walks

1st Monday of the month: Talbot Heath Educational Walk

Meet: Sainsbury's Talbot Heath store entrance, at 10.30am

Grade: 2

A monthly nature and heath walk on Talbot Heath. This walk is of moderate intensity and takes places on uneven ground with some inclines.

Every Monday: Hamworthy Common

Meet: Rockley Park Viewpoint, at 1.15pm

Grade: 2

A 45 minute walk that starts at Rockley Viewpoint including Hamworthy Common, and Lake Pier before returning to the viewpoint.

3rd Monday of the month: Canford Heath Educational Walk

Meet: Asda Canford Heath store entrance, at 10am

Grade: 2

A monthly nature heath walk on Canford Heath. Up to 2.5 miles in length, the walk is of moderate intensity and takes place on uneven ground with some slight inclines. This walk often takes approximately two hours.

Tuesday walks

1st Tuesday of the month: Sea Front

Meet: Flaghead Road car park, at 2pm

Grade: 2

A monthly sea front walk of moderate intensity, taking place on uneven ground with some inclines.

Every Tuesday: Castleman Trailway

Meet: The Junction Leisure Centre car park, at 10.30am

Grade: 1

A one hour walk along the Broadstone Trailway and into Delph Woods. This is a circular walk which is suitable for beginners.

Wednesday walks

Every Wednesday: Bourne Valley Nature Reserve

Meet: Rossmore Library, at 10.30am

Grade: 2

A circular walk that starts at Rossmore Library before heading towards Bourne Valley Nature Reserve and completing a loop.

2nd Wednesday of the month: Branksome (Coy Pond or Alder Hills)

Meet: Branksome Centre, at 1pm

Grade: 2 or 3

A walk which tours the local area, including Branksome Recreation Ground, Talbot Heath and Coy Pond, before ending back at the centre for refreshments.

Thursday walks

Every Thursday: Poole Park

Meet: The Ark Café, at 10.30am

Grade: 1

A circular walk around Poole Park lake taking in the scenery.

Friday walks

Every Friday: Upton Country Park.

Meet: Upton Country Park bus stop, 12 noon.

Grade: 1

A 2/3km lunchtime walk around the park, taking in some of the fantastic scenery overlooking Poole Town and Holes Bay.

3rd Friday of the month: Upton Heath

Meet: Upton Country Park bus stop, at 11.30am

Grade: 3

An extended walk that lasts for up to 90 minutes in duration which starts and ends in Upton Country park and includes Upton Heath.

Saturday walks

1st Saturday of the month: Poole Park

Meet: outside The Ark Café, at 10am

Grade: 1, easy 2km

2nd Saturday of the month: Upton Country Park

Meet: Upton Country Park bus stop, at 10am

Grade: 1, easy to moderate 2-3km

3rd Saturday of the month: Baiter (Poole Quay, Baiter, Whitecliff)

Meet: Outside Poole Pottery shop, at 10am

Grade: 2, easy to moderate 2-3km

4th Saturday of the month: Broadstone (Castleman Trailway)

Meet: The Junction Leisure Centre car park, at 10am

Grade: 1, easy to moderate, 2-3km

5th Saturday of the month: Poole Park

Meet: outside The Ark Café, at 10am

Grade: 1, easy 2km

Walk leader training

If you have some spare time on your hands, enjoy walking and would like to help others to become more physically active, you can become a volunteer walk leader. See below for our next walk leader training:

Date: Thursday 15 November 2018

Time: 9.15am to 4pm

Location: Upton House, Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17 7BJ

For more information contact Recreation Development on 01202 261306 or email  recreation.development@poole.gov.uk.