Harrow Health Walks

About Us

Update 6th July 2020:  COVID-19 Coronavirus

Dear Walkers,

We have had many enquiries about when the Harrow Health Walks scheme will resume.  It is great to hear that so many of you are eager to get back to your usual walking group.  Walking and staying active outside plays such an important role in keeping us healthier and our spirits up!  This is especially important when many of us are no longer commuting to work and are spending much more time indoors.   

To keep healthy you need to do 20-30 minutes moderate exercise a day – plus, you should aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week. Keeping healthy has never been so important and even doing a 10 minute session improves your health and makes you more able to fight illness

We are not yet able to resume our walking groups and at this point in time do not have a date for when they will restart.  We will keep you updated on this page, and are working in the background to make sure that when the scheme re-starts, it will be safe for our walk leaders, walkers and members of the public.

You can still go for a stroll as this will improve your wellbeing and provide you with exercise. In fact, staying physically fit is recommended to improve your overall health and immune system.  The easing of lockdown means that you are now able to walk in groups of up to 6 people from other households, as long as you can stay a minimum of 1 meter apart (ideally stay 2 meters apart).  Please see the current advice on staying alert and social distancing and the guidance for staying safe outside your home.  

If you do go out for a walk, run or cycle, please follow the following advice:

  • Anyone who is unwell should return home immediately.    If you have a new and persistent cough and/or fever symptoms and/or a change in taste or smell and need more advice please go to 111.nhs.uk

  • Stay a good distance (about 2 metres – the length of a broom) from anyone else you pass

  • Do not use public transport to travel to a place where you intend to walk.

  • Avoid touching your face

  • Wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds as soon as you return home.

  • If you see a lot of people gathering where you would like to walk, change your route to avoid them.

  • Avoid busy or narrow areas (some parks, narrow footpaths, passing busy bus stops, high streets etc.)

  • Avoid stiles where you may need to hold hands to help each other to climb over them

  • Sanitise hands after opening / closing public gates etc. that others may have touched

  • Do not use a use a water bottle that you have to touch the mouth piece with your hands to open

  • Public toilets will not be open

    If you have a long term condition, are pregnant and/or are 70+ you may be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.  Although lockdown restrictions have eased, you should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of your household or bubble.   Although you can meet people outdoors, you and anyone you meet should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing (keeping 2 meters apart) and hand hygiene.  Please see the current advice for shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

    If you are choosing to remain at home, or you or a member of your household has symptoms, or you have been advised by track and trace to self isolate, you can still keep active inside your home or in your garden. Tai chi, yoga or gardening are great ways to feel good.

    There are many online sessions you can access and here is a link to a useful for list of options https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home and some people are also using the social media hashtag #StayInWorkOut 

    If you are at home with your children there are some great PE exercises to try out to keep active in the day. You will find everyone’s mood improves with an activity break- https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0

    Some sports clubs in Harrow are also posting online events for people to keep active on the council website at https://www.harrow.gov.uk/events

    We encourage you to continue to work together with your families, neighbours and friends to offer support at this challenging time. Using online and digital ways to communicate with people especially if they are on their own is a really helpful way to stay connected and check people are ok. In such unprecedented circumstances it can make you anxious and lonely so please do stay in touch with your networks to look after each other.

    We look forward to seeing you again when the walking for health programme resumes.

    Yours sincerely,

    Harrow Health Walks Team

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Harrow Health Walks are FREE and provide local residents with an opportunity to walk regularly in a relaxed and friendly environment and enjoy some beautiful green spaces. The walks are led by qualified and insured volunteer walk leaders, who encourage you to walk at your own pace. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age and fitness level. Around 300 people every month are already walking their way to health in Harrow - join them for a leisurely and social walk around Harrow's wonderful green spaces. Walking for Health is a great way to meet new like minded people and explore your local area without having to worry about getting lost or having to plan your route!

With no need to book in advance you can just turn up on the day. You can attend as many walks as you want and all you need are some comfy shoes - they don't have to be walking boots.

Our Walks

Walk name Route options available Length (hours)
1/Monday: South Harrow Circular Walk
10:30am Walk (Moderate-to-difficult)
1:00
2/Tuesday: Belmont Health Centre Walk
10am Walk (Moderate)
0:50
2/Tuesday: Harrow Recreation Walkers
10:30am Walk (Easy)
0:30
2/Tuesday: Harrow Three Parks Walk
2pm Walk (Moderate-to-difficult)
1:15
3/Wednesday: Enderley Medical Centre Walk and Tai Chi - Harrow Weald Park
10am Walk (Easy)
0:30
3/Wednesday: Northwick Park Wanderers
10:30am Walk (Moderate-to-difficult)
1:00
4/Thursday: Pinner Memorial Park Beginners Stroll
10am Walk (Easy) This walk is 30-45 minutes
0:30
4/Thursday: Pinner Perpetual Motion
10am Walk (Easy)
1:00
4/Thursday: Pinner Walk
10am Walk (Moderate-to-difficult)
1:00
5/Friday: North Harrow Circular Hikers
11am Walk (Moderate-to-difficult)
1:15
5/Friday: North Harrow Perpetual Motion
11am Walk (Easy)
1:00
5/Friday: Roxbourne Medical Centre Walk
11am Walk (Moderate)
0:50
6/Saturday: Belmont Rattlers Walks (Apr-Oct only, 2nd Saturdays)
2pm Both ways (Difficult)
2pm Wealdstone to Stanmore Walk only (Difficult)
4pm Stanmore to Wealdstone Walk only (Difficult)
3:30
1:30
1:30
6/Saturday: Rayners Lane Ramblers
10am Walk (Moderate)
1:00
6/Sunday: GP Direct (West Harrow Park) Walk
9:30am Walk (Easy)
0:45
7/Sunday: Amersham to Chesham Walk (May-Oct only, 4th Sundays)
10am meet at tube at Harrow-on-Hill (Moderate)
10:30am Start Walk from Amersham (Moderate)
1:30
1:30
7/Sunday: Elliot Hall Surgery Walk
10:30am Walk (Moderate)
1:00
7/Sunday: Headstone Manor Park Walk and Yoga
10:30am Walk (Easy)
0:30

Difficulty

Our walks vary in length and difficulty:

Easy: No gradients, even ground, shorter walks

Moderate: Some slight gradients but mostly even ground. Around 1 hour walks.

Moderate-to-difficult: These walks will include some inclined ground

Difficult: Will have inclines and the route may go through rough ground. The walks are usually longer.

Bank holidays

Walks may or may not go ahead during bank holidays. It is best to check with the walk leaders about this or check the calendar on our scheme page a few days before the walk to ensure the walk is going ahead.

Severe weather

Walks usually go ahead come rain or shine. However when there is severe weather such as snowy, icy conditions, walk leaders wil cancel walks for health and safety reasons.

Further information about the walks

Please email publichealth@harrow.gov.uk if you would like more information about the walks. Information about walks in leaflet format can be found on our scheme walks page in the "Downloads" box.

Why Walk

Everyone knows that exercise is good for us, right? But not everyone relishes the thought of actually doing something to make us healthier. Well here's a message for you... You already do some basic exercise pretty much every day of your life! And that exercise is walking. So, why not make the time to do just a little bit more and on a regular basis and see what a difference it can make to your life. Here are a series of links from well respected sources about the benefits of walking. Enjoy the read then resolve to put on your shoes and get walking.

Things you can do to prepare for your first walk

Before you walk...

  • Consult your GP before attending a walk if you have any concerns about your ability to exercise
  • Simply select a walk and turn up, there's no need to book ahead if you don't want to
  • Arrive at the meeting point 10 mins before the start of the walk. If it's your first ever walk with the Harrow walking scheme you will need to complete a brief health questionnaire. The walk leader has blank questionnaires for you to complete on the day or you can download the questionnaire by clicking here and then complete it at home and bring it along to your first walk.

Remember we walk all year round and in all weathers (except when it's expected to be very icy underfoot) so:

  • Bring along any medication that you may need during the walk, e.g. glucose/sweet, asthma inhaler, GTN spray/tablets
  • Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for the weather - layered and waterproof clothing in cooler and wetter conditions
  • Wear comfortable and appropriate footwear - shoes with good grip and waterproof if wet, muddy or snowy
  • Bring water, especially in warm weather, and a snack (biscuit, banana, glucose/sweet or similar) for longer walks.

Worried about the speed/length of the walks?

If you are worried about the speed of the walks and think that they may be too fast for you, there are usually more than one Volunteer Walk Leaders - with one of them acting as a 'back marker'. This means that you will never get left behind, as the back marker will never walk faster than the last walker. If you are still a bit nervous about attending, then choose one of the shorter walks marked "Easy". Alternatively, if you are concened that the walks may be too slow for you, we try to cater for all by ensuring that there are enough Volunteer Walk Leaders should there be a group that wants to break away from the main group of walkers.

Other ways to get active

If you're interested in other ways to get fit in Harrow, visit the Harrow Get Active portal.

August 2020

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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6/Saturday: Rayners Lane Ramblers
10:00
 
6/Sunday: GP Direct (West Harrow Park) Walk
09:30
 
7/Sunday: Elliot Hall Surgery Walk
10:30
 
7/Sunday: Headstone Manor Park Walk and Yoga
10:30
 
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5
6
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2/Tuesday: Harrow Recreation Walkers
10:30
 
3/Wednesday: Enderley Medical Centre Walk and Tai Chi - Harrow Weald Park
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Memorial Park Beginners Stroll
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Walk
10:00
 
 
6/Saturday: Rayners Lane Ramblers
10:00
 
6/Saturday: Belmont Rattlers Walks (Apr-Oct only, 2nd Saturdays)
14:00
 
6/Sunday: GP Direct (West Harrow Park) Walk
09:30
 
7/Sunday: Elliot Hall Surgery Walk
10:30
 
7/Sunday: Headstone Manor Park Walk and Yoga
10:30
 
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2/Tuesday: Harrow Recreation Walkers
10:30
 
3/Wednesday: Enderley Medical Centre Walk and Tai Chi - Harrow Weald Park
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Memorial Park Beginners Stroll
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Walk
10:00
 
 
6/Saturday: Rayners Lane Ramblers
10:00
 
6/Sunday: GP Direct (West Harrow Park) Walk
09:30
 
7/Sunday: Elliot Hall Surgery Walk
10:30
 
7/Sunday: Headstone Manor Park Walk and Yoga
10:30
 
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2/Tuesday: Harrow Recreation Walkers
10:30
 
3/Wednesday: Enderley Medical Centre Walk and Tai Chi - Harrow Weald Park
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Memorial Park Beginners Stroll
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Walk
10:00
 
 
6/Saturday: Rayners Lane Ramblers
10:00
 
6/Sunday: GP Direct (West Harrow Park) Walk
09:30
 
7/Sunday: Elliot Hall Surgery Walk
10:30
 
7/Sunday: Headstone Manor Park Walk and Yoga
10:30
 
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27
28
29
30
 
2/Tuesday: Harrow Recreation Walkers
10:30
 
3/Wednesday: Enderley Medical Centre Walk and Tai Chi - Harrow Weald Park
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Walk
10:00
 
4/Thursday: Pinner Memorial Park Beginners Stroll
10:00
 
 
6/Saturday: Rayners Lane Ramblers
10:00
 
6/Sunday: GP Direct (West Harrow Park) Walk
09:30
 
7/Sunday: Headstone Manor Park Walk and Yoga
10:30
 
7/Sunday: Elliot Hall Surgery Walk
10:30
 
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Contacts

Kathi Crane
Health Walks Co-ordinator
publichealth@harrow.gov.uk
  

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