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Walking groups are a good way to meet people, get some exercise and explore your local area. Organised by volunteers, walking groups take place throughout South Cambs and beyond.
This activity is good for wellbeing because
- walking is a good way to improve fitness levels;
- you’ll meet people – walking groups are very sociable;
- being outside and getting fresh air is proven way to reduce stress.
“Walking has always been there for me, my confidence has grown immensely. I’m a totally different person now than I was ten years ago and I owe so much of that to walking.” Kath – a walking group regular
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What to expect
Walking groups are organised by local volunteers or are led by organisations like the Ramblers. Distances and routes vary each time the group meets; some are aimed at people who are moderately fit and can easily manage 5km or more, others are suitable for any level of fitness.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are weather-appropriate. Bring some water to drink and depending on the length of the walk, a packed lunch or some snacks.
It’s always worth checking with the walk leader beforehand to make sure the walk is taking place as planned – see details below.
Cambourne Sunday Walks is a small group of between 6 and 10 people who walk on the last Sunday of the month an average 5 miles (and then sometimes enjoy a pub lunch afterwards). Find out more here.
Comberton Rambling Group meets on alternate Sundays from the middle of September to the middle of June. Walks vary from a morning walk of approximately 5 miles to longer walks of up to 8 miles with a break for lunch (either a picnic or a stop at a pub). Most walks are within 15 miles of Cambridge, but occasionally the group goes further afield (no more than 40 minutes drive of Cambridge). Find out more here.
Gamlingay Walkers is a small, friendly group that meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from March to December. It is free to take part (though most walks include an optional pub lunch which you’ll have to pay for). Walks are around 4-6 miles long. Contact Miriam on 01767 654891 or [email protected] to find out more.
Cambridge Ramblers is organised by local volunteers for the national Ramblers charity and welcomes people of all ages and abilities who enjoy walking and the countryside. Walks are typically in Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties and are on most Saturdays and many Mondays. You don’t have to be a member of Ramblers to go on walks at first but you’ll be expected to pay an annual membership fee after two or three walks. Find out more here.
Walk Cambridge is a sociable walking group, aimed at people in their 20s, 30s and 40s living in Cambridge and the surrounding area, organised by local volunteers for the national Ramblers charity. The group offers a varied programme of events throughout the year including weekly walks, monthly pub meets, weekends-away and even an annual awards dinner. New members are always welcome – to keep up-to-date, organise lifts and stay in touch with other members, join the Facebook group and you’ll receive the weekly email newsletter.
If you are a less active but you’d like to try a walking group to get fit and meet people Wellbeing Walks are a great place to start – find out more here. Trained group leaders ensure no-one gets left behind.
Most local walking groups are free to attend.
Organisations like Ramblers will charge an annual membership fee after the first two or three walks.