Walk & Talk groups are not only a great way to enjoy the seasonal sights and sounds of local gardens and greenery, they are places to meet people in a relaxed outdoor setting, whether you already enjoy getting active outdoors or are building your confidence to get out and about.
They are spaces to walk and talk with others or, if you prefer, to just quietly take in the sights and sounds with no pressure to talk.
Walk & Talk groups were inspired by the work of Guy Holmes, a clinical psychologist based in an NHS Community Mental Health Team in Shropshire who set up the first Walk & Talk group in 2010 as a community psychology intervention.
Shoreditch Trust’s first Walk & Talk group, launched in 2011, was one of the first to transfer the model to a city landscape.
Walk & Talk is different to other walking groups in that there is less focus on the walking pace and destination and more on the environment and interaction between ourselves and nature and each other. These gentle walks are ideal for emotional and physical wellbeing and recovery and can help with fatigue and sleep problems.
A trained Walk Leader will be there to welcome you, to guide you along the route and rest stops and help you to pace yourself.
Thank you to our funder, Transport for London, who share our vision for increased opportunities for people to improve their health and build connections in their communities through facilitated walks.