Women on Foot

Walking is a wonderful way to get some exercise, to see a new part of a city or a corner of the countryside.

It’s a wonderful way to socialise and network too.

Women on Foot

Walking is a wonderful way to get some exercise, to see a new part of a city or a corner of the countryside.

It’s a wonderful way to socialise and network too.

Women on Foot…

…is a great opportunity to take some time to invest in you, your health and wellbeing; of putting yourself first and, if the opportunity arises, doing business in a different way!
This is for any woman who enjoys the company of other women, who wishes to take a day out to explore and to look after herself.

When you’re walking you don’t need to keep eye contact and this can be very useful when challenging and difficult conversations are taking place. In all my years of walking with women, I have observed the most frivolous and lighthearted conversations one moment and the next, a very deep and serious discussion.

Walking allows for all of that.

This is a day of fun and adventure, giving yourself the gift of ‘time out’ and of space to do and think and ‘be’.

At the end of the day you’ll:

  • come away refreshed and with a clearer head having had a day in the fresh air
  • have met some great women
  • have chatted, shared, laughed and perhaps discovered somewhere or something new.

Upcoming Dates for 2024

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Our walks tend to be day long from 10.00/10.30 – 4.00 and in as many as possible there are opt out points if you need to leave early or your feet decide that they have had enough. This is easier of course when we are walking in the London area.

This year, we are going to take a mini adventure and walk the Thames Path. It’s a fabulous path giving us the opportunity, section by section, to see a major river in all its wondrous stages.

We’re going to start in the East, not far from the amazing Thames barrier, and wend our way towards the source.

This might seem a little unusual, I mean, why not the other way round?

It will not surprise you to hear that I have my reasons and they are two-fold. The first is that the terrain at this time of year can be very muddy and as the source is in the middle of a field and the river is a trickle at the start, you are in rural, agricultural landscape and that means mud. Better to start on pavements and more solid ground and keep the countryside for later in the year. Also the public transport towards the source is sparse and that means we cannot do that section at a time. So hopefully by the time we get to Oxford, some of you may feel up for a four day escape and we can do the final four sections in one go enjoying the walking, overnighting in pubs and each other’s company. No need to make that decision now.

June – Saturday 1st
Richmond to Hampton Court

There is a royal flavour to this walk. Richmond is home to London’s largest royal park has long been a favourite retreat for royalty and of course we finish this walk at Hampton Court. Kingston, which we pass through has its own association with kings, and continues today as a Royal Borough having been a favoured crowning place for Anglo-Saxon kings.

It is the last non-tidal stretch of the Path as beyond Teddington Lock the River Thames is tidal.

From the station,  where we’ll gather, we’ll make our way down to the river and set off along a beautiful part of Richmond lined with beautiful houses, boats and restaurants. Then as that finishes we move to walk by Petersham Meadows.

There is so much to view on both sides of the river here that in the future we may just have to do a walk along the other side too. 

We pass the landing steps of Hammerton’s Ferry, an alternative way to cross the river amd then Ham house, now owned by the National Trust, will be on our left. The House and Gardens are definitely worth a visit at some point.

Our next major place of interest is Kingston where we cross the river to the North bank walking round the boundary of Hampton Court Park before coming to the Palace itself. 

This walk is about 8 miles and with longer days it gives us time to enjoy it fully. There is an opt out point at Teddington and another at Kingston if anyone needs them.

We’ll find a watering hole at the end before heading home from the station.

Just a reminder that details including starting times will be sent to all those who sign up on the Friday, the day before the walk. We usually start around 10.00 and finish around 4.00 but it is hard to predict end times as they vary with the size of the group.

July – Saturday 13th
Hampton Court to Staines
(I may decide to offer options here making this two shorter walks for some while others especially those training for the Camino do the full stretch)

Leaving Royal Palaces behind, our section today includes vast reservoirs and an old racecourse.

We’ll stay on south bank and pass Hurst Park, once a racecourse where horses raced from 1890 to 1962.  Then the reservoirs are our company for a while and you may be able to see Garrick’s Temple built by the actor David Garrick to house a statue of Shakespeare in 1756.

When we reach Walton Bridge we have to decide whether to cross the bridge or carry on in the hope that the ferry is working. I will find out before hand. Staying south is shorter and follows the tow path whereas the north route is mainly a road route.

Having crossed on the ferry, I am being positive, we walk along grassy paths, through meadows and kissing gates and the River Thames has become a smaller rural river, which many of you may not have seen before.

It is all rather beautiful, gentle and picturesque.

It is a longer walk due to the lack of places to stop so this walk is about 13.5 miles and only Shepperton, about half way to opt out at.

We may do picnic lunches but I am sure we can find a place for celebratory drinks somewhere at the end.

Just a reminder that details including starting times will be sent to all those who sign up on the Friday, the day before the walk. We usually start around 10.00 and finish around 4.00 but it is hard to predict end times as they vary with the size of the group.

August – Saturday 3rd
The route will depend on decisions made about the July walk so more information later. 

Route details will follow…

Just a reminder that details including starting times will be sent to all those who sign up on the Friday, the day before the walk. We usually start around 10.00 and finish around 4.00 but it is hard to predict end times as they vary with the size of the group.

Dates for 2024

September – Saturday 7th
October – Saturday 12th
November – Saturday 2nd
December – Saturday 7th

Christmas and Cocktails will be on Friday 13th December

Remember there are only 12 places on each walk and the Christmas and Cocktails one gets booked early so don’t delay and you won’t be disappointed.

Booking closes at 7.00pm on the Thursday before the walk or earlier if fully booked.

Final details will be sent to all those booked on the Thursday if a Friday walk and on the Friday if a Saturday walk.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above dates please email heather@1millionwomenwalking.com.

Our walks are not route marches though neither are they danders, I want you to feel that you have walked and got the blood circulating and everyone tends to find their own pace which works well. We will always have regular pauses for everyone to catch up and will take time if possible to visit churches and other places of interest along the way. We take breaks for coffee if there is somewhere to do so and lunch and usually end up with a drink in a local pub where we can celebrate the walk and bring our day to a close.

It is always very hard to say exactly what time we will finish as the bigger the group the longer everything takes so my guidance is to consider this as a day out and don’t put yourself under pressure to return by a certain time. Where possible we will have opt-out points available if you need to leave early or if your feet or legs decide you should do. These are always more plentiful when walking in and around Greater London. I will let you know how many when I send final details.

On all walks come prepared wearing trainers or walking shoes/boots. Layers are the best things to wear so that you can take on and off as you heat up or cool down and of course a waterproof jacket and over trousers may be needed too. Jeans are not the best things to walk in as if they get wet they can be very uncomfortable. Hats for different temperatures, sunglasses often needed all year round and I always have some snacks like nuts of protein bars of a little chocolate to keep you going. If you know you have a tendency to weakness in knees or ankles then do carry support bandages or braces. Any questions about gear, please ask. Being well prepared ensures a great walk.

“Women on Foot for me is all about enjoying time out in the company of others, walking and talking in the fresh air and discovering new and intriguing places. I like the opt-out points which give flexibility to the walk and reassure those coming along that they can break off for a range of reasons without feeling guilty or stranded.” – Olivia Lowe, Buckhurst Hill, Essex

“Another wonderful walk, always a great day, with a chance to interact with new people, to get some fresh air, do something different and be healthy! And usually a good variety of inclines/small hills/flat, enough to get you out of breath, but not kill you!” – Nicola Slade, South East London

What can I do to help you?

I’d like to invite you to join me in introducing walking into your life or to deepen your walking practice in a way that is the right fit for you.

Why not start off by joining our Inner Circle where I share insights and tips from my world of walking and all the latest news about upcoming events and retreats.

Or contact me to arrange a virtual coffee to chat about how I can work with you on your personal journey. At a time when many of us are wondering what the future holds this is a great opportunity to explore and create “Project YOU” – your moving forward plan. 

Heather x

 

What can I do to help you?

I’d like to invite you to join me in introducing walking into your life or to deepen your walking practice in a way that is the right fit for you.

Why not start off by joining our Inner Circle where I share insights and tips from my world of walking and all the latest news about upcoming events and retreats.

Or contact me to arrange a virtual coffee to chat about how I can work with you on your personal journey. At a time when many of us are wondering what the future holds this is a great opportunity to explore and create “Project YOU” – your moving forward plan. 

Heather x

 

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