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Frequently Asked Questions

Health Walks

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OneLife Suffolk is packed with guidance and advice on how to live healthier, but here we have also provided answers to some frequently asked questions. Please let us know if there is a question you would like the answer to that isn’t listed here.

Can I take my children?

Yes, everyone is welcome on our Health Walks!

Who leads the walks?

Our trained Health Walk Leaders. Every leader has attended an accredited training programme by the Ramblers Walking for Health to ensure that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to lead a safe, healthy walk. 

They are there to make sure that the group stays together as well as to help organise walks in the future.

How do I join?

Simply visit ‘Our Walks‘ page to find a walk near you! If you new to our Health Walks, we advise that you book a place via Eventbrite or complete our ‘New Walker Registration’ form which can be downloaded HERE

Before joining a walk, we strongly recommend reading Ramblers Restart: Taking part in COVID-safe walks, which has been put together in line with the latest government guidance.

What do I need to wear?

For a short walk, over easy terrain with OneLife Suffolk, you won’t need any special clothing or equipment. But to stay comfortable and enjoy yourself we recommend the following:

• Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy, comfortable shoes or trainers.
• Several thin layers of clothing are better than one thick layer. You can take off layers as you warm up or add them if you get cold.
• Take a good jacket unless you’re sure it’s not going to rain – it’s easier than an umbrella.
• Wear a hat: it keeps you warm in winter and protects you from the sun in summer.
• Wear gloves if it’s cold – it’s difficult to walk briskly with hands in pockets.
• Wear sun cream if you’re going to be outdoors for any length of time.
• Take a small bottle of water with you.
• A small backpack is more comfortable to walk with than an ordinary bag, but be sure to wear it properly with the straps adjusted to fit your body snugly.

I have a long-term health condition can I still attend?

Yes, if you are now starting to get more active. However, we would recommend contacting your GP before you start increasing your levels of physical activity.

Are there first aiders?

Health Walk Leaders are not required to be first aid trained, but they do carry phones in case of emergency.

What does it cost?

Our Health Walks are FREE!

Due to the impacts of Covid-19, you will be required to register your attendance by booking using the online system (Eventbrite) or by suppling a contact number to the Health Walk Leader at the start of the walk. This is to support NHS Track and Trace.

Can I bring my dog?

There are some walks that are not suitable for dogs, and this will be noted in the walk details for that specific walk. Assistance dogs are welcome on all walks, but please note that the Grade 5 walks may have stiles that require climbing over. Please ensure you check the walk details. If you are still unsure, please contact us healthwalks@onelifesuffolk.co.uk

What happens is there are adverse weather conditions?

On occasions, the weather can make it too dangerous for the walk to take place. If this happens, the website will be updated with this information, or alternatively, you can call us on 01473 718193 or email us at healthwalks@onelifesuffolk.co.uk

Will I be left behind/what pace do you walk?

Our walks are inclusive of all abilities. All walks will have a person at the back of the walk to ensure that no one is left behind and where possible, we also have buddies to support people if required.

I am interested in becoming a Health Walk Leader – how do I do this?

If you enjoy walking and have been on our Health Walks before, you may be interested in becoming a leader or backmarker.

The Health Walk team at OneLife Suffolk offer regular training opportunities throughout the year, offering you the chance to volunteer for us and support your local community to be more active.

If you are interested, please contact us on HealthWalks@onelifesuffolk.co.uk

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