Healthy Walks

 

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Mid Sussex Healthy Walks

The Park Rangers run a free programme of Healthy Walks across the District. The walks are designed to help you get fit, explore new areas of the beautiful Mid Sussex countryside and to help you get to know other like-minded people in a safe and supportive environment. The walks are FREE and all you need to do is fill in a Health Questionnaire on your first visit. For the walk leaders, a walk register can be printed here.

Some of the health benefits of walking include reducing high blood pressure, lowering the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease, and helping to control body weight. Walking can also be great for mental health and to escape the stresses of everyday life.

All the walks are led by trained walk leaders. We have a leader at the front and a back marker at the back so we won't leave anyone behind! The Mid Sussex Healthy Walks scheme is an accredited scheme under the Walking for Health national initiative. Visit the Walking for Health website for more information on the national scheme and to find out more about the many wonderful benefits of walking!

Walk Levels

We have a variety of different levels of walk from Levels 1 - 3 (Walking for Health Accredited walks) through to levels 4-5 (Mid Sussex District Council walks) so there is something for everyone. Each level is described below so you can select which level is suitable for you.

Walking for Health Accredited Walks

  • Level 1: 30 minutes on paved paths. No stiles.
  • Level 2: 30 minutes - 1hr (1.5 - 2.5 miles) on un-surfaced paths. No stiles. 
  • Level 3: 1 - 1.5hrs (max. 3 miles) on un-surfaced paths. Some stiles and hills.

Mid Sussex District Council Walks

  • Level 4: 1.5 - 2hrs (max. 5 miles). Stiles and hills.
  • Level 5: 2 - 3hrs (max. 7 miles). Stiles, steep hills, faster pace.

Further details about our walks and the different levels can be found in our Healthy Walks information leaflet

Guidelines for Dog Owners

Well behaved, sociable dogs are welcome on our walks.  The walk leader (who is responsible for the safety of the walkers) may offer advice, or request the removal of the dog from the walk if it is causing a nuisance.  Please respect the views of our unpaid leaders and those of other walkers.  Our simple guidelines are:

  • Please clean up after your dog
  • Please put your dog on a lead when requested, for example, when walking near livestock and along or crossing roads
  • If conditions are suitable for dogs to be off the lead, please ensure that they remain close to you and do not run back and forth through a line of walkers

Volunteer Walk Leaders

Most of our walks are run by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders. To find out more visit the Volunteers web page. We run a one-day training course throughout the year. Please contact the rangers for more information.

Contact Details

Park Rangers
01444 477561
rangers@midsussex.gov.uk

Walk Cancellations
01444 477110

Bookings and Enquiries
01444 477379
bookings@midsussex.gov.uk

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