Our Health walks have been set up and are delivered in partnership by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Community Sports and Physical Activity team, Rangers service and North East London Foundation Trust, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service alongside ‘Walking for Health’ to provide opportunities for the community to improve their health and fitness, as well as make friends.
The scheme has been officially recognised by Walking for Health and awarded national accreditation. The accreditation endorses the quality of experience and support that walkers can expect when taking part in one of the scheme’s walks.
All walks are at the walker’s own pace, with trained leaders.
The walks are a great way of making new friends and keeping fit and healthy as well as improving mental health and wellbeing. They also offer a chance to spend time in the natural environment.
At the moment, six regular walks are in place:
WALK 1 – Mondays meet 10.30am at Mayesbrook Park
This is a circular walk around Mayesbrook Park, which has lakes and lovely views of wildlife. Meet at the car park on Lodge Avenue opposite the Roundhouse Park. This is a 1 hour walk.
This walk is not running every week currently, please see below upcoming dates of when the walk is on:
July: 25 July
WALK 2 – Wednesdays meet 11:30am at Church Elm Lane Health Centre
The walk starts and finishes at Church Elm Lane Health Centre and goes through Old Dagenham Park & Beam Country Park. This walk lasts 1 hour.
WALK 3 – Every second Thursday meet at 10.30am at St Chad’s Park (please contact 0208 227 3641 for details of which Thursdays the walks are on)
Meet at the main car park on Alexandra Road. This walk lasts for 1 hour.
WALK 4 – Fridays meet at 9am at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre Cafe
The walk starts and finishes at the leisure centre and goes through Central Park. The walk lasts for 1 hour.
WALK 5 – Fridays meet 10am at the Millennium Centre, Dagenham Road
The walk starts and finishes at the Millennium Centre although the route varies every week. There is an option for a 30 minute walk.
All of these walks are on pathways, and therefore fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams except for Fridays at Millennium Centre.
Becoming a Walk Leader
Our aim is to provide more walks around the borough. However, we need more volunteer walk leaders. If you are interested in training as a volunteer walk leader, please contact Claire Dunne on 0208 227 3641 or firstname.lastname@example.org