What we do
Walking for Wellbeing is dedicated to helping sufferers of depression by organising and guiding walks in the countryside. Walking is great exercise - it releases happy chemicals, gets us out of the house and into the beautiful natural world - and it's free!
We know that one of the toughest symptoms of depression is a lack of motivation. Getting yourself organised in terms of where, when and how to get walking can seem like a mountain to climb.
That's where Walking for Wellbeing can help. Once you've applied, we'll plan and organise your walk at your convenience, come to collect you and guide you on your walk. We can offer advice on suitable footwear and clothing, where you can find information on local walks, and the many benefits walking has to offer. We can also offer advice on talking to your GP and looking for a counsellor, and we use discussion groups here on our Web site for feedback, motivation and support.
Once you've been for a walk, we'll stay in touch and encourage you continue walking to benefit your physical and mental health. Every season for the next year, we'll send you an information pack detailing useful kit for weather conditions, aspects of nature to look out for and encouragement for your walking future.
How to take part
"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step" - what a beautiful cliche!. Your first steps are to read a little more about what we do, then fill out our application form, which asks a few simple questions to get the process started.
You can also apply to become a Guide if you'd like to guide walks in your locality.