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The Shenley Walks ~ Milton Keynes

Walking can...

  • Make you feel good
  • Give you more energy
  • Reduce stress and help you sleep better
  • Keep your heart 'strong'
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Help you to manage your weight

Why is walking the perfect activity for health?

  • Almost everyone can do it
  • You can do it anywhere and any time
  • It's a chance to make new friends
  • It's free and you don't need special equipment
  • You can start slowly and build up gently

    (information provided by www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk)

 

Milton Keynes has many
opportunities for adult fitness

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Shenley Walks 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 country. Click here to find walks in any part of the UK.

Shenley Walks was started in 2005 by Sue Hadfield and Hayley Hilmy. 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, we 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 for January to March 2017 and schedule for April to June 2017 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 click here to download a copy.

We 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 Shenley Walks

Walk Leaders may download a register, risk assessment , sample risk assessment and an accident form.
Word versions risk assessment and accident form
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The 4 walks are
         
SHORT 35 minutes   At a slowish pace, suitable for those suffering from arthritis or those unable to walk far
MEDIUM 50 minutes   A medium pace suitable for most walkers
LONG 1 hour   Slightly faster pace, suitable for very regular walkers
FAST 1 hour   Only suitable for those who can keep up a sustained fast pace

There are other Walk for Health walks in Milton Keynes
Click here for the Sunday Wagtails Walks schedule 22
  Click here for the Friday Trotters Walk January to March 2017 Schedule April to June Schedule
  Click here for the Wednesday Whaddon Walkers Walk 
February - March 2017 2017 Schedule7 April - May 2017 Schedule
   
All our walks 

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