What’s not to like about a free health walk in St Albans. If you already live in St Albans or Harpenden you will know how good it feels to get out and about in the local countryside. If you are new to walking or have not been well and want to start to get back on your feet there is a whole programme of health walks out there for you.
The Hertfordshire Health Walks programme is coordinated by The Countryside Management Service (CMS) and is a countywide programme of free, volunteer-led walks. It aims to help promote walking and encourage more people (all ages, backgrounds and abilities) to get outdoors, get active and reap the health benefits.
There are a variety of city walks that take place across St Albans city and district. This programme incorporates walks from Verulamium Park in St Albans to the beautiful countryside around Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Bricket Wood and Sandridge.
Whilst most walks are grade 3, which means they will take an hour or more, there are some shorter and slower-paced walks available, as well as regular weekend walks.It is important to check the grade of the walk before you attend to make sure it is suitable for your abilities. And the general advice is to dress for the weather and wear suitable walking shoes.
All walks will start and finish at the same place unless otherwise stated. To ensure the safety of walkers, all walks have been risk assessed and are led by trained leaders, many of whom are qualified in first aid. Dogs are welcome but this will be at the walk leader's discretion. During the walk, it is good to keep dogs on a short lead at all times and walk to the rear of the group if others are uncomfortable around dogs. Find out more and see the timetable for the St Albans city and district walks here.