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Healthy Walks

Poole Health Walks Scheme 

The Poole Health Walks Scheme offers a number of free, led walks, which take place around Poole every week. All walks are short in length, typically between 1 and 2 miles and take place on firm level ground and are led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders.

The walks take in some of Poole's most picturesque locations including Upton Country Park, Poole Park, Canford Heath and Delph Woods. 

There is no need to pre-book for any of the walks. Just turn up at the meeting point detailed on the table below and walk with a friendly and sociable group.

All our walks end with post-walk refreshments using on-site facilities, be it coffee, cake.

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Poole Health Walks Timetable

Every 3rd Monday of the month 10am start

Entrance to Canford Heath opposite Knowlton Road.

Canford Heath A 2.5 mile nature walk along Canford Heath led by the RSPB.


Every Monday 1.15pm start

Rockley Park Viewpoint

Hamworthy Common A 45 minute walk that commences at Rockley Park Viewpoint and encompasses Hamworthy Common before arching down to Lake Pier and then completing a circular loop.

Junction Leisure Centre Car Park Broadstone Trailblazer A circular walk along Castleman Trailway.  
Every Wednesday
9.30am start
Hamworthy Park Cafe Hamworthy Park A short walk encompassing the beauty and natural environment at Hamworthy Park.  

Every Wednesday 10.30am start

Rossmore Library

Bourne Valley A circular walk that commences at Rossmore Library before heading towards Bourne Valley Nature Reserve and completing a loop.           


1st Wednesday of month 10.30am start

Sainsbury's Talbot Heath Car Park

Talbot Heath A monthly nature health walk on Talbot Heath supported by Borough of Poole Natural Habitats Team. This walk is of moderate intensity and takes place on uneven ground with some inclines.           


Every Thursday 10:30am start

Outside entrance to The Ark Cafe

Poole Park A 1 mile circular walk around Poole Park Lake taking in the scenery and with a chance to try out the outdoor fitness equipment.


Every Friday 12 noon start

In main car park opposite bus stop. 

Upton Country Park A 1 mile stroll around the park taking in some of the fantastic scenery over looking Poole Town & Holes Bay.


1st Friday of every month 11.30am start

Upton Country Park Bus Stop

Upton Country Park An extended walk that lasts for up to 90 minutes in duration which starts and ends in Upton Country Park and encompasses Upton Heath.           


1st & 5th Saturday of month 10am start

Outside entrance to The Ark Cafe 

Poole Park A 1 mile circular walk around the lake.


2nd Saturday of month 10am start

In main car park opposite bus stop

Upton Country Park A 1 mile circular walk around the park.


3rd Saturday of month 10am start

Outside entrance to Poole Pottery

Baiter to Whitecliff A 1 mile walk.


4th Saturday of month 10am start

Car park next to the Junction Sports & Leisure Centre

Castleman Trailway A 1 mile walk along the Broadstone section of the Trailway.


Walk leader training

If you have some spare time on your hands, enjoy walking and would like to help others to become more physically active, you can become a volunteer Walk Leader.

Our next course takes place on Tuesday 21 November from 9.15am to 4pm at Upton House, Upton Country Park.

For more information and to book a space, please email recreation.development@poole.gov.uk or telephone 01202 261306.