Walking for Health

Walking for Health is an East Hants Initiative - Headley residents can join either locally or with others at Alice Holt Forest

Headley | Alice Holt


Local residents of Headley and Headley Down are beginning to benefit from the Walking for Health scheme which started in October 2005.


Every Wednesday morning at 10.30am Headley Walking for Health gather at the village hall for a walk lasting just over an hour and usually finishing with a coffee in the centre of the village. These walks are free to attend. It is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing whilst meeting new people.

The walks are led by walk leaders trained in supporting walkers of all abilities and are able to offer encouragement and information on how to improve fitness.

The walk leaders are all volunteers and on average are required to support a walk about once every five weeks. If you are interested in supporting this popular and worthwhile project by training as a walk leader we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information please take a look at or telephone Sue Kerr on 01420 478680.

Longer walks on the first Sunday each month start at 11:00 from the Parish Office. A timetable for those walks is available here


CONTACT: Liz Barrie Tel: 01730 234067 Email:

5 April 2006

Walking for Health - Alice Holt


A brand new way of meeting people, getting exercise, and exploring the beautiful countryside around Alice Holt Woodland Park is starting at the end of the month.

A new free Walking for Health group organised with help from East Hampshire District Council will be starting at Alice Holt on Tuesday 25th April.
EHDC's Active Lifestyles Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mrs Jennifer Gray, is fully supportive of the new walk and said: "Alice Holt Woodland Park is a fantastic place to hold the Walks to Health and allows people to get out and experience nature and the benefits of being in a natural environment first hand. I would strongly urge everyone to give the walks a go."

People of all ages are being encouraged to come along, particularly those people who are thinking of starting a new exercise regime or those people returning to physical activity following an illness or injury. The Walk to Health at Alice Holt will follow the easy access trail and is therefore suitable for the majority of people including people with disabilities, parents with pushchairs and those who would like to increase their activity levels in a gentle way.
The easy access trail is about 1-1½ miles long and can be completed within about an hour. The trail takes walkers through the beautiful woodland environment and enables people to see the fantastic flora and fauna living in the woodland park.

The Forestry Commission's Active Woods Initiative has recognised that being physically active in woodland or 'green' environments can not only benefit people's physical health but can enormously enhance people's mental and social wellbeing. Being close to nature has been found to have significant benefits for people suffering from stress or stress related illness (Tabbush and O'Brien 2003).

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. The Alice Holt Walks to Health will be led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders.

For further information, please contact Liz Barrie, Active Lifestyles Coordinator at EHDC on 01730 234067 or or Helen Wallace on 01420 520212/23666 or .