2017 1000 miles walk challenge – Completed

Congratulations to Anne Marie Davies who completed her 1000 miles walked in 2017  Challenge on 19th December 2017 on the ASDA Tuesday  walk.Anne Marie had set herself a challenge to walk 1000 miles in 2017 and she used the Walking for Health Telford & Wrekin walks to help her achieve this goal.

Anne Marie knows more about our scheme than most, she was our first voluntary coordinator and this year she has walked on nearly all our walks at some time or another. Well done Anne Marie. Here she is receiving her certificate of achievement from Steve our chair.

A Snowy Friday Morning

On Friday 8th December 2017 Telford had its first snowfall for many years, but this did not stop 11 hardy walkers joining the Shawbirch walk at 10.15 from the Shawbirch Medical Centre. They had a great time and no doubt threw a few snowballs!!

Walking for Health – Telford & Wrekin

For the sharp eyed amongst you, you will have noticed that we have now changed our name to WALKING FOR HEALTH – TELFORD & WREKIN.

The final decision was taken at the first Committee meeting after our last AGM. The name change will reflect what our walks are about, walking to get or stay healthy. There will be no change to our current walks.

There has some confusion with people including local doctors who thought that Walkabout Wrekin was walking up and around the Wrekin, therefore they were reluctant to recommend our walks!.

Our official launch will be in January 2018 but in the meantime we have the task of changing all the names, web and email links.

Annual General meeting 29th September 2017 – update

Harry Hall being Presented with Alf Clews Shield

We held are 4th AGM on the 29th September and the UCT, Telford Centre. The event started with a talk on the Limestone  mining in and around Lilleshall given by David Adams and the business end started. Steve Shaw acting chairman, thanks all the committee, walk leaders for their support and Tom Coward, for helping us to build our new website.

Harry Hall received the Alf Clews Shield award for all his dedication to Walkabout Wrekin over the past years. Tessa Tyson was presented with her Walk Leaders Certificate for successfully completing her walk leader training. Tessa leads the Leegomery walk, so why no join her?

A vote was taken on changing the name to Walking for Health ?????, with the committee being allowed to choose the final name. This would reflect the nature of our walks as some people including local Doctors, think that we walk up the Wrekin!!! So watch this space for name changes!

The event was then followed by a walk around Town Park

Tessa Tyson being presented with Certificate

Afternoon Walk

Walk Leader Training Day 12th October 2017

Our next Walk Leader training day will be on the 12th October 2017. Are you interested in becoming a walk leader?

  • Have a great enthusiasm for walking and Walking for Health’s vision of everyone having access to a short, free and friendly walk
  • Be prepared to lead health walks in line with best practise procedures (covered in walk leader training)
  • Commitment to lead walks for recognised Walking for Health walks only
  • Be physically able to assist / lead in the delivery of health walks (this can include being a back, middle or front walk leader)
  • Be happy to stay in touch with your local scheme for updates / refreshers when required
  • Open minded, willing to support a diverse range of people by supporting people to become more active through walking.
  • Be over 18, in line with our safeguarding policy

If this is you then please contact the training team on [email protected]

or telephone 07512123995 for full details


Two new Level 1 walks added to our programme

We will  be running two new Level 1 walks in conjunction with Wrekin Housing Trust  from their Apley Court and Morton Court sites. The walks are open to  members of the public as well as the residents as part of the Walk2Bwell scheme . The walks are every other Thursday and you will need to contact Kath Stevens on 0781 651 0362 or Julie Weaver on 0781 651 0444 to check the exact date. All walks start at 10.15am, there will be refreshments available.

New – Level 1 walk from Madeley Doctors Practice

We have been asked by Court Street Medical Practice in Madeley to organise a weekly Level 1 walk for them on a Wednesday starting at 2.00pm on the 5th April 2017 . This walk will be open to non patients as well.
Level 1 walks are no more than 30 minutes long and slower pace as they are starter walks to begin to build up peoples fitness. If you feel this is the walk for you  then come along and join us.
No special equipment is required just sensible shoes/trainers.

First Steps for those taking up walking starting in April 2017

Starting from the 1st April.we are going to be promoting our Level 1 walks, no more than 30 minutes gentle walk, no inclines etc. all led by a trained Walk Leader.
They are ideal for people just starting to walk for the first time, getting over an illness or who have not walk for awhile, any one who needs a gentle start.
The walks are held weekly from :-
Donnington Wood –  Tuesday -ASDA ( by Click and Collect) at 10.30 am
Stirchley – Tuesday 2.00pm starting from out side the library
Wellington – Wednesday 2.00pm from Wellington Leisure Centre
Telford Town Park – Thursday 2.00pm Meeting Point House
Shawbirch – Friday 10.15am from Shawbirch Medical Centre
All you need to do is arrive 15 minutes before the walk starts, speak to the walk leader, wear comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for the weather.
If you are unsure, why not come along and give it a try , it only needs one step!