Walk & Talk With STITC

Walk & Talk, a new free social walk for over 65s will begin later this month at two different locations in Shrewsbury.

The new Walk & Talk social events aim to bring people together and help encourage exercise as part of the new national EFL programme, Tackling Loneliness Together. We believe that they will help to keep our community active and connected and will take full advantage of our beautiful county’s landscape.

Health Activator Kate Lindley is excited to launch the project as another strand to our wider active ageing aims. “Our new Walk & Talk sessions aim to help people in two different ways. Of course they encourage people to get active and into the regular habit of walking, but we also hope they will provide a way to connect members of our community and spark new friendships. Since the sessions are free there is absolutely no reason to not come and give it a go!”

Walk & Talk meet-ups are completely free to attend and will initially take place on select Monday mornings throughout September to January, alternating between Love2Stay and Haughmond Hill near Shrewsbury. Participants are not required to register and will be able to simply turn up each week!


Full Dates:

Love2Stay Walks – Shrewsbury, SY5 6QS (Meeting point at first carpark off the B4380)

19th October

16th November

14th December

11th January

Haughmond Hill Walks – Shrewsbury, SY4 4RP (Meeting point at Haughmond Hill Cafe) 

5th October

2nd November

30th November

All walks will meet at 10am ready for a 10:30am start


If you would like to register your interest or find our more information, please complete this form or call us on 01743 289 177 ext. 25. See below for some frequently asked questions. 

 


FAQ

Do I need to Register, or can I show up on the day?

We are encouraging people to come along on the day. There is no need to book on to the walk.

Will I need any money?

The walk is free, but all walks will involve a stop at a cafe to make use of the facilities should anyone wish too. It is advised to bring along a small amount money or a card, to buy a cup of tea/coffee should you like one.
At Haughmond Hill there is a £1 park fee to be paid at a machine. This machine accepts coins.
At Love2Stay Parking is free.

What about Covid-19?

We have plenty of members of staff, along with volunteers to support our walks. We plan to set walkers off in groups of 6 (1 member of staff and 5 walkers). Groups will be set off at intervals, to allow for easy social distancing.
We will have hand sanitiser available should a participant need to fill in paper work, and a safe space to do so. Face masks are not essential, as we will be outside, this is up to the individual.

Are their toilets?

Yes, there are toilets available at both cafe sites.

How far is the walk?

The walking distance is up to the individuals and the group. It is important to note this group is intended to be a social group, with gentle walking for health.
At Love2stay there is a gentle walk from the carpark to the cafe taking approximately 10-15 mins. There are lots of places to walk around the cafe should anyone wish to take in the surroundings further. Then again 10-15 mins back to the car park.
At Haughmond Hill after meeting at the cafe, it will be up to individuals to decide which root they would like to take. Staff will be on hand and may choose to slit the groups into those wishing to walk further and those wishing to take a shorter root. We hope all will meet back at the cafe for a drink at the end.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

It would be advisable to wear supportive, comfortable shoes. These walks are on well maintained paths, but it may get muddy towards winter.

What if it is raining?

Our sessions will run, rain or shine. We will only stop if icy conditions may cause the paths to be too treacherous.

Can I bring a friend, family member, grandchild?

These sessions are launching to bring older adults together, however, we are welcoming to all.

 

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