Walking Activities • Vision RCL

Walking Activities

Walking for Health

The Walking for Health programme offers free walks for adults. The walks run from various parks and open spaces across Redbridge on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Walking has many health benefits and best of all its free and led by qualified walk leaders,  all you need to do is turn up and enjoy the company and the changing seasons. No booking required.

For dates and times see our Walking for Health event page.

Meeting points and difficulty grades for walks

  • 1 = easy, flat walk at a gentle pace on hard surfaces
  • 2 = steady pace, some gentle slopes and uneven terrain 
  • 3 = steady to a faster pace, some hills and uneven terrain 

* all these walks are accessible for wheelchair users

ParkMeeting PointApproximate Time / DurationDifficulty grade
Claybury WoodsEntrance opposite Wannock Gardens, Tomswood Hill60 minutes3
Clayhall Park*Tennis Courts inside park Longwood Gardens20 to 45 minutes 1 to  2
Fairlop Waters*Main entrance of Pavillion20 to 45 minutes 1 to 2
Goodmayes Park*Entrance at Aberdour Road/Abbotsford Road20 to 45 minutes 1 to 2
Hainault Forest Car park adjacent to Global Cafe 60 minutes 3
Seven Kings Park*Bandstand (Aldborough Road South entrance)20 to 45 minutes 1 to 2
South Park*Car Park adjacent to tennis courts20 to 45 minutes 1 to 2
Valentines Park*Outside Valentines Park cafe 45 minutes 1 to 2
Wanstead ParkThursday: Park entrance, Warren Road60 minutes 2
WansteadSaturday: Entrance off Wanstead Place Surgery60 minutes 2

Your guide to walking in Redbridge

The Walk Redbridge brochure is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to start leisure walking. It gives bus routes to the walks’ starting points and grades each walk depending on the type of terrain. Download a copy of Walk Redbridge (PDF 1.1MB)

Inclusive Walk and Talk

Come and enjoy a breath of fresh air at one of the weekly walks in Valentines Park. These inclusive activities are open to people living with dementia, mental health illness, disabilities, cancer and stroke survivors (no matter the stage). Come along with carers, friends or family (children welcome) and join us for a gentle stroll. The walks are run by fully trained friendly Walk Leaders and provide a chance for you to socialise and participate in small activities at a pace that suits you.

Mobility Walk and Talk

For people recovering from strokes and other mobility impairments such as MS. The walk is very gentle and at a very slow pace.

Day and time: Every Thursday, 10am
Duration of walk: 30 to 45 minutes depending on the individuals/group

Dementia Walk and Talk

For people living with dementia, mental health illness and disabilities. It’s a nice gentle walk and a chance for a good bit of chit chat along the way.

Day and time: Every Thursday, 11am
Duration of walk: 45 minutes to one hour

Walking Football

Thousands of people have rediscovered the joys of playing football again thanks to a slowed-down version of the game, where any player caught running concedes a free kick to the opposition. Walking football aims to inspire people back into exercise as it’s played at a more leisurely pace and is kinder to the knees! It is also perfect for people who are recovering from a long term injury and want to continue to enjoy playing football. The rules are much the same as its speedier cousin, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replaces throws, there are no offside, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited.

Come and give it a try, sessions are open to all abilities.

Mondays 1pm, £3 per-session
Ashton Playing Fields, 598 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge IG8 8AA

Tuesdays 2pm-3pm, £2 per-session
Thursdays 2pm-3pm, £3 per-session
Lucozade Powerleague Fairlop, Forest Road, Ilford IG6 3HJ

Walking Netball

Walking Netball is a slowed down version of the game of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. Every session contains a gentle warm-up.

Sessions open to all ages and abilities
£3.20 per session
Every Friday 10am-11am
Redbridge Sports Centre (outdoor courts)
Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HD
For more information call Kirsty Herbert – England Netball

T: 07738 696858
E: kirsty.herbert@englandnetball.co.uk

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs.

Our Nordic Walking session take place at Fairlop Waters and Hainault Forest. For further information see our regular activities.

Historic Walks

Discover the history on your doorstep, take a 60-70 minute stroll from Barkingside to Ilford War Memorial via historic sites in Aldborough or discover the history of Wanstead.

If you would like any further information on our walking activities please email active.redbridge@visionrcl.org.uk or call 020 8708 0951.