information and supporting logos for health walks in Fordingbridge & Blashford Lakes

Information and supporting logos for health walks in Fordingbridge & Blashford Lakes

Healthy Walks

Weekly health walks in Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge & Blashford Lakes Health Walks for anyone wishing to improve their fitness

Walks are FREE guided by Volunteer Walk Leaders

30 minute and 1hr walks
Start from Fordingbridge Library every Thursday at 10.30am

Blashford Lakes (Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)
10.30am every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month
for approximately 1 hr and 30 minutes.
Meet at Tern Hide car park.

Come along and join us - we are a friendly sociable group.
For more information contact

Fordingbridge: Craig Daters on 01590 646 671 | Blashford Lakes: Nigel Owen on 01425 655 511


The Town Council  working closely with the Parish Paths Partnership of the Hampshire County Council have produced three healthy walks close to the town centre. This follows the theme Exercise for Health and is supported by the local health practitioners.

One route is from St. Marys Church, through to Mulberry Gardens and then following the fieldpaths through to Ashford Road into Victoria Gardens, Station Road, West Street and back to the Church.

The second route is from the Car Park out to Shaftesbury Street, Station Road into Normandy Way turning left into Marl Lane, down passed the Coach House behind Stephen Martin Gardens, across Normandy Way and down Green Lane, through The Bartons back to the car park.

The third route is from Pennys Lane along the footpath by the Junior School following this footpath to Tinkers Cross, down Puddleslosh Lane, and back across the fields through the new kissing gate to Avon Meade, along Parsonage Park Drive, Whitsbury Road, Burnham Road and back to Pennys Lane.

All these routes can be done in reverse order.

These leaflets are now in the Doctors Surgery, the Library, New Forest District Council Information Office and the Town Hall.

Please visit the website of the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Footpath Society on

Also have a look at the website

There is no doubt about it, walking is good for you. It's good for your heart, it's good for your lungs, it's good for the muscle and bone growth of your children and it's good for your feeling of wellbeing! Strong scientific evidence now supports the many benefits of health of regular walking - it is recommended that we take at least 10,000 steps a day.

Walking offers a great way to help kids get the active habit. If parents express excitement about the prospect of walk in the countryside, they are more likely to transmit this feeling to their children.

It's important to treat the walk as an exploration or an adventure and to go at the child's pace, no matter how often they want to stop and look at things; take treats to eat and plenty to drink; and head for some landmark that will appeal to them such as a castle, playground, an ice cream van or a boating pond.  If children experience walking as part of a fun activity they are more likely to want to go again.

So, how do you find out what is on offer? John Harris, a keen walker, got fed up with the lack of information on walks that were going on in the County. So, he decided that if he couldn't find what he was looking for - he had better create it! gives you all the information you need for the best walking in the County.

Guided walks, books of walks, leaflets of walks, walking groups. There are also links so that you can check the weather for your walk, links to other useful sites, how to get to your walk from public transport - and more is being added all the time.