MWI Walks

November / Elmbridge Well Being Walks

October / Denbies Wine Estate Tour, Dorking

The train tour took them through the vineyards for spectacular views over Box Hill and Leith Hill. They learnt about the soil types, the grape varieties, the picking and pruning processes. This year has not been a good year due to bad weather/climate change so the whole season has been much shorter than usual, although they got to see the harvested grapes going into the Press.
Thank you for the lovely photos Gill.

October / Ripley walk

A group of our lovely ladies started their walk at Ripley Green and headed over to Pyrford via the Wey Navigation. They passed the 700 year old ruins of Newark Priory and visited a tiny 12th century church with ancient wall paintings inside. From Pyrford they walked across meadows and a golf course to Pyrford Lock and back along the Wey to Ripley for lunch at Pinnocks café in the sunshine. A beautiful route with many points of interest, highly recommended.

Elmbridge Healthy Walks:  The October program is now online via the following link along with the remainder of September.

“This month we have 2 new weekly beginner/slow walks for those who may need a gentle start back into group walking having done less physical activity than normal during the pandemic, or those who are new to our walks. The walks are on Tuesday from Cobham Community centre and Wednesday from Walton Community Centre. We have ensured there are 2 leaders per walk to enable everyone to go at their own pace. Having a back leader means we are able to support those at the back at whatever speed is required so they don’t feel rushed or a nuisance. The time the walks take is flexible and will be adapted to the capabilities of those that come, with an option for the group to split mid walk so that not everyone has to do the full distance. If this is the case, hopefully with regular attendance those walkers can build up to the longer routes.

We also have a regular beginners walk on a Friday morning from The Miss Polly Café in Molesey. All these walks are a great chance to ‘get going again’ and meet others for a friendly chat as all walks finish with refreshments (though Walton community centre café is not open for a few more weeks)

All walks are free and operate on a ‘just turn up’ basis. The one exception to this in October is the Painshill Park walk on Thursday 14th October as we are only permitted by the park to take 20 walkers in. If you would like to attend this walk please email with your name and contact number to be added to the list.”

September 2021 Molesey Heath with local nature expert Ben West:

A few of us enjoyed a fascinating nature walk on Molesey Heath with local nature expert Ben West. We got to spot some bird life (black cap, kestrel, warblers and even a kingfisher!), plenty of dragonflies, different varieties of bee and butterfly. We foraged for berries and the brave amongst us ate them raw – we learnt about their culinary and medicinal uses – it was a revelation! All in the beautiful autumn sunshine.  Photos and text courtesy of Jane Evans.

July / Molesey Heath – *Flora and fauna* with Karen and Dave Page, Countryside Estates Officer.

Photos courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

May /Richmond Park run free guided tours of Isabella Plantation

#makingplans #themorethemeerier #seeyouthere!

Photos courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

October / Fungi Walk at Esher Common

In conjunction with our October meeting, “Countryside Estates Officer for Elmbridge, Dave Page”, we have an opportunity to go on the Fungi Walk organized by Elmbridge Healthy Walks Group.  10.30 – 12.30 Wednesday 31st October 2018 / Fungi Walk / Dave & Karen / Slow, slopes  Meet: Horseshoe Clump Car Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9JQ.

Photos courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

August / Heather on Chatley Heath

Mon 20th Aug 10.30-12.00  Slow, slopes  WC R Heather on Chatley Heath.  Meet at Boldermere car park, Old Lane, Cobham, KT11 1ND.

Leaders: Karen, Sue.  Photos courtesy of Claire Duncan.



Another glorious day, picking early blackberries, learning about the history of the local black smallholdings built for returners from the first world war, catching glimpses of the London skyline from open fields, and as always chatting with friends along the way.

The walk culminated at the Mayfield lavender fields which are a sight to behold; the combination of the purple haze and the heady smell of sun warmed lavender hit us in waves.  A  truly relaxing morning, finishing up with a cream tea at the cafe, set us up for the day.

Sutton Countryside Walk (2 hours), including a visit to the lavender fields (£2).  Meet by café in Oaks Park, Croydon Lane, Sutton, SM7 3BA  Leaders: Virginia, Chris P.

Photos and text courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

April / Dunsborough Park Tulip Festival:

The Tulip Meadow at Dunsborough Park – breathtakingly beautiful in the sun, followed by tea on the lawn with friends – light and easy. Heavenly. 

Photos and text courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

March / The Wilderness, Hampton Court Palace to The Pheasantry, Bushy Park:


Photos courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

October / “Secrets of the Strand” Blue Badge guided walk by Diane Burstein 

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Monthly walks resumed with something different for October…  A group of our members had a great day out in London taking part in a ‘Blue Badge Walk’ entitled ‘Secrets of the Strand’.

The Strand is one of London’s main thoroughfares but this tour looks at some of the courtyards, buildings and secret places behind this famous street.  Two little known chapels, a hidden archway which inspired Dickens, a “Roman Bath”, a 17th century watergate and a “ghost station” are just some of the places they visited on the tour.  They also walked through the elegant courtyard of Somerset House following in the footsteps of royals, sailors, artists, musicians, actors and skaters.  The tour , which always surprises people who thought they knew the area, is best taken during the day when sites are more accessible.

Text courtesy of Sarah Hopson.

May / Molesey Heath with Elmbridge Healthy Walks:

Elmbridge Healthy Walks‘ have been taking place since 2003 and are a great place to make new friends, enjoy fresh air and get to know our local area.  The walks are free, run between 1st April and 30th June 2017, and they are classified “very slow’, “slow’, moderate”, “brisk”, and “Nordic” by pace, gradient and length of time they take.  Those new to Elmbridge walks should arrive 10 minutes early, so that they can complete the registration form and health and safety questionnaire.  The Molesey Heath walk was a moderate 11826 steps, and as you can see by the pictures, it was another glorious day!!!

Photos and text courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

April / Hatchlands Park:

A gorgeous day for an amiable woodland walk.  We took a leisurely pace so that we could chat, laugh, and take in the flora and the fauna (bluebells, cowslips, primroses, pheasants, horses, donkeys, and bullocks) along the way.  4.24km The Yellow Route.

Photos and text courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

March / West End Common:

Blue skies abound as we head off from Garson Farm toward the ponds behind the sports pitches to start our trek.  With directions such as “up the muddy track”, “turn left at the knobbly tree”, and “proceed to the tree with exposed roots”, we were ‘off grid’ and on an adventure!

Guided by Liz, our very own Geographer, we learned about the area as we walked through.  On the north side of Horseshoe Clump, we passed the Rifle Butts (1859 -1921), where the Victorians and Edwardians learned to shoot.

An ancient woodland of oak, chestnut, beech, (and birch, sycamore, and alder in the wetter parts) led to The Ledges which were defined by The River Mole.  6000 year old Neolithic / Early Bronze Age flint implements have been found in this area.

Next came Homewood House the 1938 Modernist house created by the architect Patrick Gwynne for his family.  This National Trust gem can be visited with a guided tour from April until June, booked via Claremont Landscape Gardens.

5,206 steps later and nearing the end of our walk, one member of our party darted off to collect wild garlic whilst another changed back into heels to return to work, all of us were smiling broadly having enjoyed a glorious afternoon together.

Roll on April’s Bluebell’s walk.  All always welcome / the more the merrier!

Photos and text courtesy of Naz Miles-Bird.

  One thought on “MWI Walks

  1. Naz Bird
    April 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Here is a list of local places to spot Bluebells for April’s walk. Does anyone have any other suggestions?


  2. May 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  3. Gill Barnes
    July 22, 2017 at 11:25 am

    There is an Elmbridge Healthy walk next Wednesday 26th July in the Sutton Countryside which includes a visit to the Mayfield Lavender Fields (entrance £1). Meet by the café in Oaks Park, Croydon Lane, Sutton, SM7 3BA at 10:30 – 12:30. The walk is moderate with stiles .


  4. April 9, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Details of the Tudor Pull on 13th May 2018 can be found here


  5. Jacqueline Edwards
    May 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Please include me on any info regarding future walks. Thank you.


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