Health Walks

Health walks are a great way to exercise and to meet people in your local area whilst enjoying the beautiful South Somerset countryside.

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What is a Health Walk?

South Somerset's Health Walks Scheme is run by SSDC's Healthy Lifestyles Team and is an accredited Walking for Health Initiative. Our Health Walks are led by trained Health Walk Leaders and are a great way of getting exercise and meeting people.  From beginners to challenging walks there are walks suitable for everyone.

Why not take a health walk and enjoy the beautiful South Somerset countryside? You could make new friends, relieve stress and benefit your health. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's underrated as a form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.   Read more about the benefits of taking a health walk. For more general information about Health Walks read the Frequently Asked Questions

For a fun and informal view of a Health Walk in the district have a look at the Health Walk Blog and YouTube clip, which have been compiled by South Somerset walker Terry Hitchcock. 

Enjoy walking and fancy volunteering in your community?

Then why not sign up to become a qualified Health Walk Leader? The Healthy Lifestyles Team at SSDC run free Health Walk Leader training courses. This training is ideal if you would like to lead a health walk in your local area on a voluntary basis. It is a day of practical advice and includes a demonstration of a health walk and information on keeping people motivated. Find out more on the Health Walk Leader Training Page.

Accessible Walks

12 accessible walks routes have been put together by Access for all solutions. They are designed to be accessible for everyone and most of them are a loop so please check the distance before starting.

Buggy Walks

Buggy walks are designed to give everyone in South Somerset with young children a chance to exercise and meet new people. They are led by qualified Health Walk leaders and are suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. Children remain the responsibility of the adult they came with. Visit the Buggy Walks page  to find out more.

Shorter Walks

If you are recovering from illness or injury or would just like a shorter walk these walks are for you. Currently there are shorter walks in Yeovil. These walks are aimed at beginners or those with walking difficulties. The walks are based on flat, even terrain, and distances range between 1-3 miles and last between 20-40 minutes. 

Join a Walk

The following walks are all accredited by Walking for Health. Important note: if you are considering trying out any of these walks it is advisable to contact the leader first to ensure the walk is taking place.Health Walk bubble

Broadway Health Walks

When: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of of the month at 9.30am
Where: Standerwick Orchard Village Green, Broadway
When: 4th Tuesday of the month at 9.30am
Where: Tesco's Entrance Precinct, Ilminster
Length of walk: 60-90 minutes
Description: Mixture of roadway and countryside routes
Anyone for coffee: Some routes include an optional coffee stop either during (usually Monks Yard, Horton Cross) or at the end of the walk (Meeting House, Ilminster or the Five Dials, Horton).
Leader: Vera Pharaoh Tel: 07980 015788 Email: vera@mhpharaoh.co.uk

Bruton Health Walks

When: Thursdays at 11am
Where: By entrance to Bruton Museum, 26 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AA
Length of walk: 40 minutes
Description: Generally flat covering a mixture of pavement and fields in dry weather. Please wear suitable footwear.
Leader: Bryan Peason Tel: 01749 938191 Email: bryan.pearson@talktalk.net

Castle Cary Walk and Talk

When: Second and forth Thursday of month, 2pm
Where : Millbrook Surgery, Castle Cary, BA7 7EE
Length of walk: 60 minutes
Description : Walks are very short (1 ¼ mile) and on fairly even group. Walks will end at The Shambles in the Market house for a cup of tea, if you wish, and a short talk (on the second Thursday of the month) on topics which help you keep on walking and keep healthy (contact below for talk topic).
Leader: Laura Tilling Tel: 01963 351461

Chard Health Walks

When: Every Wednesday at 10.00am
Where : Routes in and around the Chard area, starting at the Boden Centre
Length of walk: 60-90 minutes
Description : Routes may be round Chard on pavements and also footpaths in wider countryside - some car journeys involved to start points outside of Chard
Anyone for coffee: There is no organised coffee after the walks, although members of the group often do go for a coffee informally
Leader: David Coath Tel: 01460 65523 Email: davidcoath@hotmail.co.uk 

Crewkerne Health Walks

When: Every Tuesday at 9.45am
Where : Crewkerne Aqua Centre
Length of walk: 60-90 minutes
Description: Mixture of pavement and countryside routes. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month the group uses the Community Bus plus some cars to walk in the areas surrounding Crewkerne
Anyone for coffee: Members of the group often have a coffee together in a café after the walks, especially on the away walks.
Leaders : Sue and Mike Frackiewicz Tel: 07761 441453 Email: suefrack@btinternet.com

Curry Rivel Health Walks

When: Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10.30am (meet at 10.15am)
Where: The Green, Curry Rivel (Parking available near the green or in the car park behind sandpits heating centre)
Length of Walk: 60 to 75 minutes
Description: Walks are generally flat covering a mixture of urban terrain and fields in dry weather
Leader: Andrew Jordan Tel: 01458 250725

Ilminster Short Heath Walks

When: Mondays at 10am
Where: The Meadows Surgery, Canal Way, Ilminster, TA19 9FE
Length of Walk: Up to 1 hour easy walking
Description: Walks are mainly on footpaths and as flat as possible. Suitable for beginners or people with health issues. Also suitable for buggys.
Contact: Healthy Lifestyles Team. Tel: 01935 462347 Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Ilminster Health Walks

When:Tuesdays at 10.30am
Where: Tesco (main entrance), Shudrick Lane, Ilminster, TA19 0BQ
Length of Walk: 90 minutes
Description: Walks may be off road, on fields, woods and tracks so please wear suitable footwear.
Contact: Healthy Lifestyles Team. Tel: 01935 462347 Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Langport Health Walks

When: Mondays at 11.30am
Where: Langport Library
Length of Walk: 45 minutes to an hour  
Description: Walks are mainly on the flat but some of the terrain can be a bit uneven and muddy when wet. The walks finish back at the library where refreshments are provided for a modest fee!
Contact: Amanda Chuter on 01458 250130 

Martock Health Walks

When: 3rd Friday of the month at 9.30am
Where: The Precinct (Moorland Shopping Centre, Martock)
Length of Walk: Approximately 45 - 60 minutes
Description: Everyone welcome for a friendly and social walk covering a mixture of pavement and countryside routes.
Leader: Maggie on 01935 824252

Queen Camel Health Walks

When: Wednesdays at 2pm
Where: Queen Camel Surgery, West Camel Road, Queen Camel, BA22 7LT
Length of Walk: 30 - 45 minutes
Description: Walks are gentle pace around Queen Camel and the surrounding villages.
Leaders: Health Coaches. Tel: 01935 850 225

Somerton Health Walks

When:1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 11.30am
Where: Somerton Library
Length of Walk: Up to 1 hour
Description: A mixture of pavement and countryside routes, please bring appropriate footwear, such as walking boots or stout shoes
Anyone for Coffee: A mixture of pavement and countryside routes, please bring appropriate footwear such as walking boots. At the end of the walk we visit a local pub for refreshments. This is optional.
Leader: Mo Fletcher Tel: 01458 274631 Email: Fletcher080@btinternet.com

Somerton Short Walks

When: 4th Thursday of the month at 11.30am
Where: Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HS
Length of walk: 30 minutes
Description: A gentle low impact walk for beginners who would like to start exercising and socialise
Leaders: Annie Morley and Mo Fletcher Tel: 01458 274631 Email: Fletcher080@btinternet.com

South Petherton Health Walks

When : 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 10.30am
Where: South Petherton Medical Centre
Length of walk: 45 - 60 minutes
Description: Walks are mainly flat but some of the terrain may be muddy or uneven. Please wear sensible footwear
Leaders: Angie Kinsey Tel: 01460 240707 

Stoke Sub Hamdon Health Walks

When : 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 10.30am (not on bank holiday Mondays, when the dates are 2nd and 3rd Monday of that month)
Where: The Lighthouse Coffee Shop, All Saints Hall, Stoke Sub Hamdon
Length of walk: 60-90 minutes
Description: Mixture of roadway and countryside routes
Leader: Penny Trapnell Tel: 01935 822208 Email: pennyatrapnell@aol.com

Stoke Sub Hamdon - 'Every Step Counts' Short Walks

When: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 9.30am (not on bank holiday Mondays, when the dates are 2nd and 3rd Monday of that month)
Where: The Lighthouse Coffee Shop, All Saints Hall, Stoke Sub Hamdon
Length of walk: 30-40 minutes
Description: Village walks on pavements and footpaths. Walks help to build confidence, stay healthy and increase mobility. Please wear suitable comfortable shoes.
Contact: Healthy Lifestyles Team. Tel: 01935 462347 Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk 

Stokehill Health Walks

When: Weekly - contact Debbie to arrange, walks should last around 2 hours but can be at a time convenient for you. Please note - these guided walks are only available for prior booking by groups
Where: Stokehill Farm (near Wincanton)
Length of walk: The walk can be tailored to the requirements of the group - but we spend plenty of time stopping and looking at livestock and wildlife on the farm
Description: Calm on the Farm Health Walks are for walkers from organisations (not for individuals) who can be transported to the farm as a group. These walks are ideal for groups who would like to spend some time walking at a gentle pace, with time to enjoy the seasonal changes in the green space of our small farm. The walks are mostly across fields, with uneven surfaces in places and possibly muddy in places. There are slopes but we can choose routes that avoid these
Leader: Debbie Hicks Email: debbiehicks@stokehill.com 

Tatworth Health Walks

When: Wednesday at 10am
Where: The Memorial Hall, Kents Lane, TA20 2QW
Length of walk: 60 - 90 mins
Description of Walk: Walks will mainly be on paths, but comfortable footwear recommended as it may be muddy. Walks will finish at the hall where Wendy's Kitchen should be open for refreshments.
Contact: Healthy Lifestyles Team. Tel: 01935 462347 Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk 

Wincanton - Balsam Centre Walks

When: Every Tuesday at 10am
Where: The Balsam Centre, Wincanton
Length of walk: 50-60 minutes
Description: Moderate paced walk which will include some inclines enough to get you slightly out of breath but still able to have a chat. Walkers are welcome to join us for a cup of tea/coffee after the walk in the Balsam Centre.
Leader:  Ali Leftwich Tel: 01963 31842

Wincanton - Chiropractic Clinic

When: Every Tuesday at 11am
Where: The Chiropractic Clinic, 75 High Street, Wincanton
Length of walk: 30 minutes
Description: Mid-pace walks on paths around the town.
Tel: 01963 32986

Wincanton Short Walks

When: Every Tuesday at 11.30am
Where: Wincanton Health Centre
Length of walk: 30 minutes
Description: Short 30 minute walks on level pavements and footpaths suitable for beginners. Walks help to build confidence, stay healthy and increase mobility. Download a Short Walks brochure.
Leader: Ali Leftwich Tel: 01963 31842

Yeovil Health Walks (level walks)

When: Every Tuesday at 2pm
Where: The Gateway Cafe, Yeovil
Length of walk: 30-45 minutes
Description: Level walking on easy footpaths in Yeovil Country Park and the surrounding area.
Anyone for coffee: The group go to the Gateway Café between the railway walk footpath and Addlewell Lane for a drink and a chat till about 4.00pm.
Leader: Ian and Shirley Holloway Tel: 07876 655556 email: ianh7062@gmail.com

Yeovil Health Walks

When: Every Tuesday at 2pm
Where: The Gateway Cafe, Yeovil
Length of walk: 60-90 minutes
Description: Town and countryside footpaths in Yeovil Country Park and the surrounding area, routes may be hilly
Leader: Ian and Shirley Holloway Tel: 07876 655556 email: ianh7062@gmail.com

Yeovil Health Walks (longer walks)

When: 2nd Friday of month at 11am
Where: The Gateway Cafe, Yeovil
Length of walk: 4-4.5 hours (including time for lunch)
Description: Town and countryside footpaths in Yeovil Country Park and the surrounding area, routes may be hilly
Leader:  Ian and Shirley Holloway Tel: 07876 655556 email: ianh7062@gmail.com

Yeovil Weekend Walks

When: 2nd Sunday of the month at 2pm
Where: Outside Goldenstones Leisure Centre
Length of Walk: 50-60 minutes
Description: All walks are based in the country park and are manageable for multi abilities.
Leader: Martin and Susy Tel: 07798 672137

Yeovil - Hendford Lodge Medical Centre

When: Thursday at 2pm
Where: Ninesprings Cafe, Yeovil
Length of Walk: 30 minutes
Description: Meet outside Nine springs coffee Shop wearing appropriate clothing and foot wear for the walk. Dogs should be on leads, wheelchairs and push chairs welcome. Note: this walk is for Hendford Lodge MC patients only.
Leaders: Health Coaches Tel: 01935 470200

Yeovil - Preston Grove Medical Centre

When: Wednesday at 2pm
Where: Preston Grove Medical Centre, Yeovil
Length of Walk: 50-60 minutes
Description: A gentle low impact walk for beginners who would like to start exercising and socialise at the same time. Walks include town footpaths or park walks. Everyone is welcome.
Leaders: Health Coaches Tel: 01935 470737

Yeovil - Walk and Talk at Ryalls Park

When: First and Third Monday of the month, 2pm.
Where: Ryalls Park Medical Centre, Yeovil, BA21 3BA
Length of walk: 45 minutes
Description: A gentle low impact walk for beginners who would like to start exercising and socialise. (You do not need to be a patient at Ryalls Park to attend the walk).
Leaders: Fran Tel: 01935 434000

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