you feel good
you more energy
stress and help you sleep better
your heart 'strong'
you to manage your weight
Why is walking the perfect activity for health?
everyone can do it
can do it anywhere and any time
- It's a
chance to make new friends
free and you don't need special equipment
start slowly and build up gently
(information provided by
Milton Keynes has
opportunities for adult fitness
are part of a National Scheme called Walking for Health.
It was started by Dr William
Bird MBE over 20 years ago in Sonning
Common Oxfordshire and is supported by The Department of
Health, The Ramblers and MacMillan Cancer Support who provide some funding for training and third party
insurance for leaders. There are walks all over the
here to find walks in any part of the UK.
Shenley Walks was started in 2005 by Sue Hadfield
(Physiotherapist) and Hayley Hilmy(Cardiac nurse). They did the leaders training in Bedford
because one didn't exist in Milton Keynes. They were the
first Walking for Health walk in Milton Keynes and set
it up on their own. Sue decided it should be based in
Shenley Church End because that is where she lived at
the time and she already knew a lot of the walks around
the Shenley and Loughton area. Tuesday morning was
convenient for them both. The first walk was advertised
on February 22nd 2005 and five people turned up. By the
end of that year there were 50 people walking regularly
and new leaders were trained. They soon realised they had to
split the walk up to manage the numbers and once there
were enough leaders, they started a Short, Medium and a Long
Walk. With new leaders joining in 2011 we have added a
4th, Fast walk. Now we regularly have an average of 100
walkers every week.
We are a
roaming walk, meaning we walk from a different place in
Milton Keynes every week. Refer to our current Schedule July to September 2019 for details of meeting places.
We meet at 10am to start walking at 10.15. We require everyone to
register on every walk and to complete a Health
Questionnaire on their first walk. If you would like to
complete the questionnaire at home in advance please
to download a copy.
A copy of the Walker Health Survey may be downloaded
always organise a meeting place at the end of the walks
where we can socialise and have a coffee or tea. We try
to use local churches. wherever possible.
No special footwear is needed, but comfortable flat
closed-in shoes are recommended. Contact
may download a
sample risk assessment and an
risk assessment and