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Walking for Health

It’s a way to get fitter, enjoy a chat with the other walkers and explore the local area. The St Peter’s Walking Group heads out every Friday and welcomes all abilities of walkers. Christine Shaw is the Scheme Co-ordinator and tells us more.

Who joins you each week?

Around 45 people attend every week, out of a total of 65 walkers who are registered with us. We meet at St Peter’s Baptist Church and you can just turn up at 10.15am - you don’t need to book ahead.

At 10.30am we head out in three groups – The Greyhounds (our quickest), The Strollers and The Amblers. The faster groups head out for around an hour, while The Amblers caters for people who have been poorly and they complete a shorter walk, returning to base after 45 minutes.

The walking helps people in many ways – not only improving physical health but also with emotional and mental wellbeing. Most of the people coming are retired but anybody can come along and if younger people want to attend we’d be thrilled! Meeting in the heart of the St Peter’s estate makes our group handy for local people although others join us from further afield. We’re a warm, friendly group and I think that’s what keeps people coming back.

Where do you walk?

We use the church as our starting point and then we can walk as far as Fort Royal Park, along the canal or down to the footbridge over the River Severn beyond the Diglis playing fields. We’re fortunate to have so much green space around St Peter’s, not only around the estate itself but also Battenhall Park and beyond. There are so many routes available. We have sixteen trained walk leaders who are all volunteers and I am also trained as a walk leader.

How did the group begin?

It was started around eight years ago by a gentleman called Freeman Windsor. He started with a handful of other walkers and the group quickly grew. I joined the group around six years ago and took on the administrative functions. Freeman left us recently and moved to Ludlow, he’s now 90 and still walks regularly. A group of 34 walkers visited him recently for a walk and a picnic which was a lovely day out. As a group, we still hold a few special walks and events each year including an anniversary gathering and a Christmas lunch. Many of us make lasting friendships through the group, it really is a very friendly social group.

For more information about St Peter’s Walking Group, call (01905) 358640 or email seashells84@sky.com

Other Walking Groups around Worcester:

There are lots of other local walks around the city each week.

  • Fort Royal & Commandery Walk – Tuesdays at 10.30am, meeting at The Commandery
  • Warndon Walk – Thursdays at 10.30am, meeting at Warndon Community Centre
  • Gheluvelt Riverside Walk – Fridays at 10.30am, starting at The Pump House on Waterworks Rd
  • Lyppard Hub Walking Group – Tuesdays at 10am, starting at the Hub on Ankerage Green
  • Lower Wick – Mondays at 10.30am, meeting at Age UK offices on Bromwich Road

You can read more at:

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk