BeActive walkers

About Us

e Active Walkers - come and join our friendly walking groups in parks and open spaces across Birmingham. Why walk? Just walking for 30 minutes a day can have a major impact on your health.  it’s low impact and you can enjoy a variety of surroundings as you walk in different locations and different seasons.  It has lots of other benefits too – improves physical health, supports recovery from health problems, improves mental health and general wellbeing. All walks are led by a qualified, experienced, friendly walk leader who will offer support and encouragement and are a great introduction to start to improve your health and fitness - and all in a social aspect.

Regular walking has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, developing type 2 diabetes, asthma, dementia and some cancers. 

Our Walks

Shard End Monday
Day: Monday
Time: 9.30am
Meeting point: Reception of Shard End Wellbeing Centre on Packington Avenue
Stage 1 Walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating walk suitable for all ages and abilities and then join us after for a chat and refreshments back at the Wellbeing Centre.  This walk is suitable and aimed at those who need a little extra support or returning from injury or illness.

We meet in the reception of Shard End Wellbeing Centre on Packington Avenue and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes - there are lots of opportunities for a rest stop or a social chat. This walk is led by one of our qualified GP health advisors, Trevor Emms, and is suitable for those who have certain medical conditions, require a little extra support or are referred to the programme from their GP. 

The ground is slightly uneven in parts but mostly on public pathways and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair access.  There is ample free car parking and the bus route 55 is nearby

Kings Heath Park
Day: Monday
Time: 10.00am
Meeting point: The White House
Grade 2 walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 5km walk around Kings Heath Park meeting at the White House.  The group is led by our experienced walk leader Denys who will guide you around the fantastic grounds of the park and return you to the tea rooms where you can finish your activity with refreshments and a chat with the friends you have made during the walk.  The walk takes in the pathways around the perimeter of the park so is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users with some moderate slopes.  There is ample free parking and the number 11 bus route stops outside the park entrance - number 50 and 35 routes are also close by.

Shard End Wednesday
Day: Wednesday
Time: 9.30am
Meeting point:  Reception of Shard End Wellbeing Centre on Packington Avenue
Stage 1 walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating walk suitable for all ages and abilities and then join us after for a chat and refreshments back at the Wellbeing Centre.  This walk is suitable and aimed at those who need a little extra support or returning from injury or illness.

We meet in the reception of Shard End Wellbeing Centre on Packington Avenue and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes - there are lots of opportunities for a rest stop or a social chat. This walk is led by one of our qualified GP health advisors, Trevor Emms, and is suitable for those who have certain medical conditions, require a little extra support or are referred to the programme from their GP. 

The ground is slightly uneven in parts but mostly on public pathways and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair access.  There is ample free car parking and the bus route 55 is nearby.

Cotteridge Park
Day: Thursday
Time: 10.00am
Meeting point: Car Park on Franklin Road
Grade 2 walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 2km walk suitable for all ages and abilities.  We walk around the marked 1km route on the perimeter of the beautiful Cotteridge Park.  Some of the paths are uneven and muddy and you will find a couple of challenging hills but take them at your own pace - you'll always find a friendly face willing to walk alongside you.  The walk is led by our qualified walk leader Joyce who will greet you at the car park on Franklin Road. 

We meet in the car park off Franklin Road and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes - there are lots of benches for a rest stop or a social chat. Tea, coffee and biscuits all available after the session - meet at the tennis court area.

If you're up for it there's also a FREE Tai Chi class that follows the led walk and starts at 10.30am on the tennis court area.  There are free refreshments available after both the walk and the Tai Chi session- why not stay for a drink and a chat. The nearest bus route is the number 11, Bournville Train Station is close by and there is ample free car parking available. 

Handsworth Wellbeing  - WOMEN ONLY
Day: Thursday
Time: 10.00am
Meeting point: Reception area of Handsworth Wellbeing Centre
Grade 2 walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 2km walk suitable for all ages and abilities and then join us after for a chat and refreshments. 

We meet in the reception area of Handsworth Wellbeing Centre and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes around the 2km marked route in the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park - there are lots of benches for a rest stop or a social chat.

Handsworth Park (originally Victoria Park) comprises 63 acres of landscaped grass slopes, and includes a large boating lake and a smaller pond fed by the Farcroft and Grove Brooks - there is an abundance of flower beds, mature trees and shrubs with a diversity of wildlife to be seen.

The ground is slightly uneven in parts but mostly on the pathways around the perimeter of the park and suitable for wheelchair and pushchair access. After the walk why not join us in the Wellbeing centre for refreshments and the opportunity to chat to your fellow walkers. Bus route 16 is close by and there is ample free car parking available.  This session is restricted to Women Only and is led by our qualified female walk leaders.

Victoria Common
Day: Friday
Time: 10.00am
Meeting point: Children's Play Area
Stage 1 Walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 2km walk suitable for all ages and abilities.

We meet in the park by the Children's Play area and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes around the 1km marked route in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Common- there are lots of benches for a rest stop or a social chat. Walk at your own pace and make new friends with other members of this popular led walk. The ground is slightly uneven in parts but mostly on the pathways around the perimeter of the park and suitable for wheelchair access.

Join some of the group afterwards for refreshments in the Northfield Shopping Centre.  There is ample free car parking available and the main Bristol Road and many bus routes is a stone’s throw away - just look for the Grovener Shopping Centre and the park is located to the rear.

Calthorpe Park
Day: Friday
Time: 10.15am
Meeting point: Entrance to the park at Edward Road / Pershore Road junction
Grade 2 walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 5km walk, the walk is led by our qualified walk leader Bakil Maflahi who will make you most welcome.  We meet at the entrance to the park at Edward Road / Pershore Road junction and start with a brisk walk around the grounds of Calthorpe Park before venturing off into the local community pathways. The terrain is uneven in parts and parts of the walk will be on public roads. 

If you wish to join us for the beginning part of the walk contained within Calthorpe Park you will be most welcome - and this is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users. The park is serviced by main bus routes 45 and 47 and there is ample free car parking if needed. Join us afterwards at Calthorpe Wellbeing Hub for refreshments and a chat.

Lickey Hills Country Park - Active Parks Led Walk
Day: Thursday
Time: 10.30am
Meeting point: The Visitors centre
Grade 3 walk

Our walking group covers the vast areas of the fantastic Lickey Hills Country park - with many slopes, steps, hills, and uneven terrain to challenge you. The country park is a favourite area for walkers and consists of 524 acres containing many trees, marshes and a variety of wildlife - there are also some fantastic views so bring your camera. 

The group is led by the rangers and friends of Lickey Hills society who will be able to talk you through the changing signs of nature that will be evident each week you attend.  The walk is aimed at those who are looking for a challenge and want to increase their levels of fitness as well as their friendship circle - the group are a friendly bunch who will welcome you along and encourage you to join them for refreshments and a chat afterwards at the visitors centre. The centre is accessible from the 47 bus route (with a slight walk) and there is ample free car parking available.

Queens Park
Day: Friday
Time: 11.30am
Meeting point: Children's Play Area 
Stage 1 walk

Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 2km walk meeting at the children’s play area in Queens Park and then walking around the park grassland.  The terrain is fairly even and on marked pathways so suitable for those who need a flat surface, pushchairs and wheelchair users.  There are no slopes or hills involved so this walk is great for those returning to activity from illness or injury.  Walking is at your own pace and is guided by our qualified walk leader Joyce who will make you most welcome - suitable for all ages and abilities. 

The group then meet afterwards for a chat and refreshments - there are lots of places to rest with wheelchair friendly park benches.  There is ample free car parking available, toilet facilities at the nearby Court Oak Public House and the park is reached by bus routes 11 and 24.

Billesley Common
Day:
 Friday
Time: 12.00 noon
Meeting point: Reception at the Tennis Centre
Grade 3 walk

Our led walking groups will offer you motivation, support and good company.  Come and join our friendly group for an invigorating 5km walk starting on Billesley Common and finishing with refreshments at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre. 

The group is led by our friendly qualified walk leader and meet every week in the reception area of the tennis centre. The walk takes in a mixture of terrains - which include some muddy areas if we have had wet weather - and is suitable for those who want a slightly longer challenging walk.  The centre is serviced by the bus routes 11 and 2 and there is ample free car parking if needed.

Cocksmoors Woods
Day: Friday
Time: 2.00pm
Meeting point: Outside the leisure centre
Grade 2 walk

Come and walk with our friendly group for an invigorating 2km walk starting at Cocksmoors Woods Leisure Centre and through the local woodland.  The centre can be reached from the 50 bus route and there is ample free car parking if needed. The ground is uneven in parts and may be muddy with moderate slopes. The group is led by our friendly qualified walk leader Michael  - why not stay afterwards for a chat and refreshments inside the leisure centre.

Contacts

Gaynor Roberts
walk, Jog, Run Project Manager
0121 303 0067
gaynor.roberts@birmingham.gov.uk
  

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This scheme is accredited by Walking for Health