Lewisham Healthy Walks / Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Leader training


    Our Walk Leader training is for anyone willing and able to lead health walks in Lewisham. It is designed by Ramblers Wellbeing Walks and is a mix of online learning and a practical session delivered by a local trainer. The aim of the training is to ensure that all walk leaders are trained to a high standard and can competently and confidently lead short, free health walks.


    Walk Leader’s roles are:

    1. To lead safe and enjoyable walking sessions for people of all ages and abilities
    2. To promote the health benefits of walking and motivate people to take up walking as a form of physical recreation
    3. To help people adapt health walking to meet their individual needs


    We ask that you try to go on at least one health walk before the training day. For your local walks, see https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/lewisham-healthy-walks


    Once accepted for the training, you will be registered on Ramblers Assemble – an online portal for all walk leaders. You will be sent information about how to log on and access the ‘Foundations of Walk Leading’ e-learning course to do in your own time. This will take approx. 90 minutes and you can do it in sections as you wish. This must be completed before the practical session. If you are not able to do online learning, please get in touch so we can cover the material another way.


    Then we will meet for a face to face session including a short walk led by the trainer, focussing on best practice, risk assessments and how to adjust walks to suit people with a variety of needs. A couple of weeks later we will catch up again on Zoom or face to face to see how you are getting on.


    You can apply for the course here: https://forms.gle/gTiFK7CHaTQJNing9


    During the course 


    You will explore the concept and issues around health walks. This includes:

    • Understanding the benefits of activity and the positive impact on physical and mental health
    • Understanding what a health walk is and how to run one
    • Explore the paperwork, understand why it is required and how the data will be used
    • Learn how to create a safe, effective route and carry out a risk assessment
    • What adaptions we have made to be COVID safe ( as appropriate at the time)


    At the end of the training, all trainees are given a progress card. To become a recognised Ramblers Wellbeing Walks leader and receive a certificate you will need to shadow a walk leader, then lead a walk whilst being observed by a trained walk leader.


    After the course, you can join our team of walk leaders to support our existing walks. Or if you have ideas for starting a new walk, please talk to me about your plans. We always recommend that you have at least 3 walk leaders to make a ‘team’ associated with the group. We have found that this is necessary to ensure the walk is sustainable and can take place on a regular basis.  But we may have other walk leaders who would like to join you in your venture!


    All walks must operate under Ramblers Wellbeing Walks guidelines, including using the registration forms and database.  This means that trained walk leaders are covered by Public Liability and Personal Injury insurance.


    Please contact me if you would like to know more:

    Jenny Budd GCDA Lewisham Healthy Walks co-ordinator

    020 8269 4890 / 0778 651 0196