Make August your walking month!

There is strong evidence to show that physical activity such as walking helps to get the heart and muscles working and thus can lead to an increased life expectancy. Walking can be enough exercise to maintain a fit and healthy body no matter how old you are.

Suggested walksThere's a series of five maps of walking routes alongside the river, through parks, the local countryside and historic Kingston. Download the maps here.

Kingston University have also developed three trails to encourage you to get out and about in the borough, stopping off at historic places, nature spots and famous landmarks. The three trails and more information can be found here.

Led walks

Every week a number of led walks are provided across the borough through Walking for Health. These are run by Active Kingston.

During August, the Go Cycle team will join these walks to provide more information about sustainable travel and there will also be free giveaways for those participating on the walks:

  • Sat,4 - Walking for Health - Chessington Walk
  • ​Fri, 10 - Walking for Health - River Thames Walk
  • Tues, 14 - Walking for Health - Richmond Walk
  • ​Mon, 20 - Walking for Health - Queens Promenade

The borough has a number of led walk options on offer.

There are the Kingston and Surbiton walks run by Kingston Tour Guides. The Kingston Town Centre tours start from the doors to the Market House in the Ancient Market Place (below the Golden Queen). Walks cost £5 per person (£3 for under 12, children under 5 go free). These tours start at 11:00 every Sunday morning from the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of September.

Parkrun

There are also a number of Parkrun options for those looking to increase their heart rate.

During August, the Go Cycle team will be present at a number of Parkruns in and around the borough, to provide more information about sustainable travel.

We there will also be free giveaways for those participating in Parkrun:

  • Sat, 11 - Bushy Parkrun
  • Sat, 18 - Kingston Parkrun
  • ​Sun, 26 - Surbiton Junior Parkrun

Kingston Ramblers

Kingston Ramblers lead walks in Surrey and surrounding counties. The rambles take place on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and sometimes on Thursdays. The walks are for all abilities and vary from 3 to 12+ miles. More information about upcoming rambles can be fount at the Kingston Ramblers website.

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Become a cycling instructor

If you love cycling, you might consider becoming a cycling instructor. Whether you would like to make it a full-time job or you just want to pass on some skills at your local school or youth club, undertaking the National Standard Instructor training is the first step.

Kingston is the only London borough recognised as an instructor training organisation (ITO). Since 2007, we have trained more than 300 instructors for local authorities and independent providers.

You can read more about our training here, and learn more about being a Bikeability Instructor here

Get involved?

Cycling is a fantastic way to exercise, travel, and enjoy the great outdoors. Wind in the hair (under your helmet of course), sunglasses on, and a picnic in your bag. However, not everyone sees it this way.

Therefore, CycleKingston is appealing to you to share the good, the bad (and the ugly?!) We want to hear your cycling experiences, news and showcase success stories along the way too.

If you have material you think we should feature on the website, drop us an email on info@cyclekingston.net with the information and some images and we'll do our best to feature them.

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