Weekly health walks

The walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders who provide support and help members to achieve their goals. Walking together as a group, ensures there is always plenty of encouragement, reassurance and of course, conversation.

Walking is a great way to improve health and help manage health conditions. It’s suitable for people of any age and all levels of fitness. It’s inexpensive, low-impact and accessible for almost everyone.

'I never believed I could change my diabetic diagnosis, but I do now.' 
John, walking group member

Success stories

Members of the walking groups have experienced some fantastic improvements in their health and wellbeing. We interviewed 10 of them in April 2018 and all of them had managed to lose weight, lower their BMI, and reduce blood sugar levels – five of them to below the diabetic range. 

John and Vanetta are among them. Diabetes runs in the family of 73-year-old John, but through weekly walks he reduced his blood sugar levels from diabetic to normal within a year.

When Vanetta was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes she was devastated, realising that her lifestyle was probably to blame, but the walks have not only helped her blood sugar levels, they’ve also given her a sense of wellbeing. She has since gone on to train up as our walker leader at the Eden Project!

'I really enjoy walking every week in the company of fellow diabetics whom I now class as friends.' 
Vanetta, walking group leader

Read more success stories in our pamphlet of case studies

Read David's story, who's been living with diabetes for over eight years.

Join our health walks

We run our walks on a weekly basis at the Eden Project and in locations around Cornwall, in Truro, Falmouth and Perranporth. The walks usually last between 20-60 minutes and follow various routes to cater for different abilities.

At the Eden Project 

Who for: Individuals with diabetes, pre-diabetes or cardiac conditions.

When: Every Wednesday ready to walk at 10.30 am. 

Where: The Eden Project Visitor Centre café.

How: Come along for a free taster session – and if you want to join us again, you’ll then need a Locals’ Pass, Eden Project Membership, or a health passport (£12) to come along. 

To find out more contact the Group Coordinator at Eden, Heidi Morgan, on 01726 818550 or hmorgan@edenproject.com or contact the Social Prescribing Facilitator Hayley Burgoyne on 01726 626844 or hayleyburgoyne@nhs.net

Around Cornwall

Who for: Individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Truro: Every Tuesday. Meet at 10am, ready to walk at 10.30am, at Café in the Park, Boscawen Park, Truro.

Falmouth: Every Tuesday. Meet at 1.30pm, ready to walk at 2pm, at Gylly Beach Café, Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth.

Perranporth: Every Wednesday. Meet at 10am, ready to walk at 10.30am, at Stepping Stones Café, Perranporth.

How to join: It's free to join in these walks and new members are always welcome. To take part in our walks around Cornwall, please contact Lily, our Social Prescribing Coordinator, on ldattlee@edenproject.com or 07850 517353. 

Become a Volunteer Walk Leader

We always welcome people who would like to become Volunteer Walk Leaders on any of our health walks around Cornwall. As well as having a regular opportunity to exercise and socialise yourself, by becoming a Walk Leader you will be supporting people with long term health conditions to build their confidence and take control of their health and wellbeing. Find out more.

About social prescribing at the Eden Project 

At the Eden Project we believe in the power of connecting people with each other and their environment – the power of people collectively doing things to improve their lives and the lives of others around them.

The Eden Walking Groups are part of Nature’s Way, the Eden Project’s social prescribing programme. The Eden Project is working with Walking for Health and St Austell Healthcare to provide opportunities for people to connect and support each other, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

Working in partnership with Carrick Health.

The programme is also supported by the Woodford Charitable Fund. 

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