Wellbeing walks

Wellbeing walks in nature

The pandemic is having a huge impact on our wellbeing and mental health. Maybe you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed? Maybe you’ve found it hard to get back out the house? You’re not alone.

The Hornbeam’s free weekly wellbeing walks are an opportunity to explore beautiful green spaces and meet friendly and supportive people. We will end the walks with snacks and refreshments, and the chance to share experiences with others.

It’s easy to come onto one of our walks, you just have to register using this form. We will send you a confirmation email with all the information you need. 

Once registered, the walks are drop-in, so you can come to one or as many as you want. Our friendly walk leaders will guide you through local green spaces, visiting marshes, woodlands or nature reserves. 

“Connecting with nature and sharing my experience with others has done wonders for my wellbeing.”

When & Where

  • Every Tuesday 11am, Leyton Jubilee Park
    Meet in front of KukooLala Cafe, 3 Marsh Lnm E10 7BL
  • Every Thursday 11am, Friday Hill TMO Building, Chingford
    Meet at the TMO, 19 Chingdale Road, E4 6HZ
    Note: walks will end at Pimp Hall nature reserve for tea and snacks (15 mins walk from the TMO)

The walks last around 1 hour and then we will sit together for some snacks and a chance to chat and share experiences for up to an hour after the walk. Both walks will finish by 1pm though you are free to leave before if you want to.

There is no fee for the walks – they are completely free – once you have registered you can just turn up and enjoy!

How to get there?

Leyton Jubilee Park: The 158 and 58 bus stop at ‘Park Road’ 3 mins walk away from KukooLala cafe. The 55  and 56 stop at ‘Emmanuel Parish Church’ on Lea Bridge road, 10 mins walk away. The nearest train stations are Lea Bridge station, Leyton Midland Road overground, and Leyton tube (all around 15-20 minutes walk away). There is limited parking available.

Friday Hill TMO: The 212 bus stops right outside the TMO building. The stop is called ‘Chingdale Rd’. The nearest train stations are Chingford or Highams Park overground stations which are both a 20 minute walk from the TMO or on the 212 bus route. There is also parking available on Chingdale Rd outside the TMO. Our end point at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve is also on the 212 bus route (Whitehall Road) or a 10 minute walk from Chingford Station. Equally a group of walkers will walk back to the TMO after the social break if you would like to return to the start point.

Walthamstow Marshes [Photo by: Lucy Cohen]

Who are these walks for?

Everyone is welcome!  You don’t need any walking experience. We particularly want to welcome those for whom the pandemic has had an impact on physical or mental health, or those who want to start getting active.

The walk might involve walking on grass, bumpy paths and going up steps so wearing trainers or something similar is important. The pace will be tailored to the group on the day and no one will be left behind! We will walk for around an hour, then get the chance to sit outside (if weather permits) to share experiences over tea and snacks.

Simply register on our google form and we will send you a confirmation email with more details.

Support getting to the start of the walk

We appreciate that joining a new activity can sometimes be intimidating and we would like to make this process as easy as possible. We have a buddy system for those who would like some support getting to the start of the walk. 

For example, someone could give you a call before the walk to answer any questions you may have and introduce themselves. Alternatively, a ‘buddy’ could meet you before a walk and go to the start point together. Please note buddies will only be able to meet people in the local area around the walk start point.

Just let us know if you’d like to receive this support in the registration form.

Lloyd Park [Photo by: Duncan Holmes]

Are the walks Covid safe?

All our walks have a Covid safe Risk Assessment and follow government guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants. 

The walking group will be fairly small and we will be outside for the walk and when we sit to share experiences (if weather permits).

We ask that all participants respect social distancing and wash their hands before and after the walk.

Face masks are not a requirement for attending walks. However please do feel free to wear these if you would feel most comfortable doing so.

If you experience any symptoms DO NOT attend the walk. 

What do I need to bring/wear?

No specialist equipment is needed for these walks. You don’t need to wear walking boots but please wear trainers or sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. You may find that walking warms you up but also bear in mind  when we sit outside for some snacks you may begin to cool down. Wearing layers that you can take on and off can help you adjust for this.

Carrying a waterproof layer just in case of rain is also a good idea. The walks will take place whatever the weather forecast and are very rarely cancelled.

The walk will end with some refreshments and snacks provided by The Hornbeam.
If you have any other questions email: outdoors@hornbeam.org.uk (expect a response on a Tuesday or Thursday).