Get walking this August
Walking can provide enough exercise to maintain a fit and healthy body no matter how old you are.
And this August, Kingston Council is encouraging local residents to consider exploring the borough by foot to help improve their daily step count.
The allocation of £30 million mini-Holland funding to Kingston Council to implement the Go Cycle programme fits perfectly with the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets vision for London, enabling people to adopt healthier lifestyles and active travel choices like walking and cycling.
As part of Go Cycle, Kingston is seeking to create new cycling and walking routes to improve road safety for everyone, upgrade public spaces and relieve the pressures on the borough's transport network.
Kingston’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Lead, Councillor Hilary Gander said:
“Active travel choices like walking and cycling help improve air quality, reduce congestion and make Kingston a greener, healthier and more attractive borough to live, play and do business.
“For most people, the easiest way to get moving is to make activity part of everyday life, like walking or cycling instead of using the car to get around. And the more we do the healthier we’ll all be.
“Our Go Cycle schemes aim to provide better and safer cycle links, footways and crossings throughout the borough.”
Throughout August, the Go Cycle sustainable travel team is highlighting sustainable travel options at a series of events and encouraging more people in the borough to take up walking.
Kingston Council has produced a series of five maps of walking routes alongside the river, through parks, the local countryside and historic Kingston. Download the maps here.
Kingston University have also developed three trails to encourage residents to get out and about in the borough, stopping off at historic places, nature spots and famous landmarks. The three trails and more information can be found here.
Every week a number of led walks are provided across the borough through Walking for Health. These are run by Active Kingston.
During August, the Go Cycle team will join these walks to provide more information about sustainable travel options across the borough.
There will also be free giveaways for those participating on the walks:
- Sat, August 4 - Walking for Health - Chessington Walk
- Fri, August 10 - Walking for Health - River Thames Walk
- Tues, August 14 - Walking for Health - Richmond Walk
- Mon, August 20 - Walking for Health - Queens Promenade
The borough has a number of led walk options on offer.
Other options include Kingston and Surbiton walks run by Kingston Tour Guides. The Kingston Town Centre tours start from the doors to the Market House in the Ancient Market Place (below the Golden Queen). Walks cost £5 per person (£3 for under 12, children under 5 go free). These tours start at 11am every Sunday morning from the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of September.
There are also a number of Parkrun options for those looking to increase their heart rate.
During August, the Go Cycle team will be present at a number of Parkruns in and around the borough, to provide more information about sustainable travel.
The team will be handing out free giveaways for those participating in Parkrun:
- Sat, August 11 - Bushy Parkrun
- Sat, August 18 - Kingston Parkrun
- Sun, August 26 - Surbiton Junior Parkrun
Kingston Ramblers lead walks in Surrey and surrounding counties. The rambles take place on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and sometimes on Thursdays. The walks are for all abilities and vary from 3 to 12+ miles. More information about upcoming rambles can be found at the Kingston Ramblers website.