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Get Doncaster Walking 2014

Get Doncaster Walking 2014 is here again with another full year's program providing a variety of different walks throughout the year. Another wide selection of walks will be on offer varying in location, distance and difficulty, with a walk available for all abilities.

The 2014 Get Doncaster Walking timetable is available in the document attached to this page. This details all the walks taking place from now January until the the end of May.

If you are interested in taking part in a walk please contact Dean Wiffen on 01302 735403 or email  dean.wiffen@doncaster.gov.uk

Weekly health walks

To encourage more people to be active on a regular basis, Doncaster has a number of 'health walks' in the borough. These are shown in the table below. 

These are short walks, designed with health in mind and are perfect for those who would like to become more active or perhaps lack the confidence and knowledge about where to walk. There are walks to suit all abilities and the Walk Leaders main aim is to ensure that you enjoy being outdoors by pointing out interesting facts along the way. Some of the walks will use the same routes each week in the local area. All walks are free of charge.

You do not need any special clothing for the walks but it is advised to wear shoes that are comfortable, provide good support and don't cause blisters, and a waterproof jacket just in case it rains!  If it's a warm day please take a bottle of water. It is advisable to call before attending a walk to confirm the details.

Area of WalkDayTimeDetails of Meeting Place for Start of WalkContact Telephone Number
Dunsville Quarry ParkMonday10.30amCommunity Centre next to Post Office on High Street, Dunsville01302 735922
ThorneTuesday10amDelves Cafe, Selby Road, Thorne01405 812357
Sandall Beat WoodTuesday10.30amEnvironment Centre in Sandall Beat Wood Off Leger Way.  Gentle walk suitable for people with disabilities.  Run by Sue Ryder Care01302 300798
Bawtry Health Walk 

Tuesday (Starting 28 Jan)

1.00pmBawtry Methodist Church, Station Road, DN10 6RQ01302 714524
HexthorpeThursday9amHexthorpe Primary School, Urban Road07795 602177
Armthorpe AmbleThursday10amArmthorpe Library, Church Street01302 832714
Sandall Beat WoodThursday10amEnvironment Centre in Sandall Beat Wood off Leger Way 01302 300798
RossingtonThursday10.30amBrodsworth Pavilion, Brodsworth Way01302 539398
WoodlandsThursday1.30pmAll Saints Community Centre, Central Avenue01302 727209
Hatfield Moor1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month9.30amBoston Park Car Park entrance to moors07766 420290
MeltonFriday11am Melton Wood Car Park off Sheep Lane.  Walk run in conjunction with The Forestry Commission01302 820278 or 01302 736406
NortonEvery other Sunday10.30amCall for meeting place of the current walk01302 700892

Walking Trails in Doncaster

All of our Doncaster leisure walks now linked to the Travel South Yorkshire interactive public transport map.  Click on any of the links below to be taken to an interactive map where you can download guides, see an outline of the walk on the map, and plan how to get to and from the walk using public transport.

Volunteer Walks - Leader Training

Doncaster is providing training throughout the year to train volunteers to become health walk leaders. This training is open to anyone who is interested in leading Health Walks within Doncaster. The minimum age for training is 18. The 2014 training dates are:

Friday 7th March-FULL

Friday 6th June-SPACES AVAILABLE

Friday 22nd August-SPACES AVAILABLE

Friday 21st November-SPACES AVAILABLE

The course covers:
Benefits of exercise, motivating people to walk, demonstration health walk, components of a health walk and monitoring safety and effectiveness, physical activity and special conditions, safety, how to lead a walk and essential paperwork.

Upon completion of the full day course, participants will be awarded a nationally recognised certificate. All participants are also given a training manual to take home.

The cost is £15 per person, or free of charge for volunteers working with Doncaster residents. There are only 16 places per course on a first come first served basis - so book early!

We currently have a waiting list for training. Please contact Dean Wiffen on 01302 735403 or dean.wiffen@doncaster.gov.uk for further details.

Other Walking Opportunities

There is a wealth of opportunities in Doncaster for you to get walking:-

Doncaster Ramblers - walk on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, with easier shorter local walks on Wednesday evenings in the summer. They publish a Walks Programme twice a year (available from the Blue Building Tourist Information Centre on High Street). For further information visit www.doncasterramblers.org or contact Catherine Palmer on 01302 783613.

Weekend Wanderers - The coach picks up every 1st Sunday of every month from outside Ward Bros, Wood Street. A friendly group of walkers with the sole intent of enjoying fresh air and taking in amazing scenery, whilst enjoying friendships old and new. Walks are usually 8 miles, with nothing too strenuous. Non walkers are welcome, enjoying trips to tearooms or a spot of shopping. For more information call 01302 851905 or visit www.weekendwanderers.org.uk

Dearne Valley Ramblers - We are a small, friendly group of walkers, who promote walking and the protection of access to the countryside. Based in Dearne Valley, the group's members are mainly from Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. Our walks vary in length from 5 to 10 miles. We welcome responsible dog owners and their four legged friends on our walks. For more information call 01709 586870 or visit www.dearnevalleyramblers.org.uk

Doncaster Outsiders Walking Club - We walk once a month on a Sunday for a full fun day out. The coach picks up at 8am from the Market car park. For a full program and details visit our website www.doncaster-outsiders-walkingclub.org.uk Or call 07783953212.

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