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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 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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Download a leaflet about our current walks.

Monday walks

Every Monday: Hamworthy Common

Meet: Rockley Park Viewpoint, at 1:15pm.

A 45 minute walk that starts at Rockley Viewpoint, includes Hamworthy Common, and Lake Pier before returning to the viewpoint.

1st Monday of the month: Talbot Heath educational walk, at 10:30am.

Meet: Sainsbury's Talbot Heath store entrance.

A monthly nature and heath walk on Talbot Heath. This walk is of moderate intensity and takes places on uneven ground with some inclines.

3rd Monday of the month: Canford Heath nature walk, at 10am.

Meet: Knowlton Road.

A monthly nature heath walk on Canford Heath. Up to 2.5 miles in length, the walk is of moderate intensity and takes place on uneven ground with some slight inclines. This walk often takes approximately two hours.

Tuesday walks

Every Tuesday: Trail Blazer, 10:30am.

Meet: Junction Leisure Centre car park.

A 1 hour walk along the Broadstone Trailway and into Delph Woods. This is a circular walk which is suitable for beginners.

Wednesday walks

Every Wednesday: Bourne Valley Nature Reserve, 10:30am.

Meet: Rossmore Library.

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

2nd Wednesday of the month: Branksome, 1pm.

Meet: Branksome Centre.

A walk which tours the local area, including Branksome Recreation Ground, Talbot Heath and Coy Pond, before ending back at the centre for refreshments.

Thursday walks

Every Thursday: Poole Park, 10:30am

Meet: The Ark Cafe

A circular walk around Poole Park Lake taking in the scenery.

Friday walks

1st Friday of the month: Upton Heath, 11:30am

Meet: Upton Country Park bus stop.

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

Every Friday: Upton Country Park.

Meet: Upton Country Park bus stop, 12 noon.

A 2/3km lunchtime walk around the park, taking in some of the fantastic scenery overlooking Poole Town and Holes Bay.

Saturday walks, starting at 10am

1st Saturday of the month: Poole Park

Meet: outside The Ark cafe.

Walk level: easy 2km.

2nd Saturday of the month: Upton Country Park

Meet: in car park.

Walk level: easy to moderate 2-3km.

3rd Saturday of the month: Baiter

Meet: outside Poole Pottery shop.

Walk level: easy to moderate 2-3km.

4th Saturday of the month: Broadstone

Meet: car park next to leisure centre.

Walk level - easy to moderate, 2-3km.

5th Saturday of the month: Poole Park.

Meet: outside The Ark cafe.

Walk level: 2-3km.

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.

For more information contact Recreation Development on 01202 261306 or email recreation.development@poole.gov.uk.