Find out about some of the many ways to a happier and healthier you: from weekly walks and runs in your local area to cycling and the five ways to a healthier body and mind.

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1. Walking

The active walks scheme arranges free weekly walks all year round in Lambeth. The walks are a great way to enjoy the borough’s parks, meet new people and get some exercise at the same time. The active walks scheme is open to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or a seasoned walker our friendly walk leaders will support and encourage you while you are walking. Active walks take place whatever the weather: so if necessary, bring all-weather shoes, waterproof clothing or an umbrella.

  • Brockwell Park Active Walk
    Tuesdays at 11am - meet at Brockwell Lido
  • Kennington Park Active Walks
    Wednesdays at 1.30pm and also at 2pm - meet at the Café
  • Streatham Common Active Walk
    Thursdays at 1pm - meet at the Rookery Café.

For more information:

Telephone 020 7926 0761

2. Running

Lambeth has many beautiful parks and some very popular leisure centres. Parks and leisure centres are great places to run in the city if you do not like to run on pavements by roads. If you are happy to run anywhere then the WalkJogRun website lists hundreds of Lambeth based routes. You can even create your own routes and add them to this growing database of Lambeth runs.

Weekend running at Brockwell Park

Parkrun at Brockwell Park is the best way to start running in Lambeth because it is completely free:

  • Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am
  • Junior Parkrun (4-14 years olds) takes place every Sunday at 9.30am.

Both Parkrun and Junior Parkrun are ideal for beginners or health and fitness runners because there is always a wide mix of abilities taking part.

Visit the websites below to register with Parkrun or to find out more:

3. Cycling

Cycling is a very common and popular activity in Lambeth and this makes it a great place to cycle. If you are new to cycling or would like to give it a try for the first time there are a number of great schemes which can help.

Find out more about these schemes and about Cycling in Lambeth.

4. Five ways to wellbeing

Wellbeing is about living in a way that is good for you and good for those around you too.

Evidence points to five steps that we can all take to improve our day-to-day wellbeing. If you give the tried and tested five ways to wellbeing a try, you are likely to feel happier, more positive and be able to get more from your life. Find out about each of them in more detail by using the excellent NHS links below:

What is wellbeing?

Unfortunately, mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression are very common. However nowadays we know more about how best to live with, what can be, devasting illnesses than ever before. Wellbeing is not just about happiness - it's about a healthy mind and body together. Wellbeing is also about finding ways to enjoy the present and to be positive. You can find out more about it and also more definitions of wellbeing through the NHS.

Examples of how to use the five ways to wellbeing

There are several nationwide, regional and local Lambeth schemes that are great examples of how to connect, be active, take notice, learn and give more. Why not give one of them a try today?

  • Befriending Share a cuppa with someone and help tackle loneliness.
  • Big Lunch Share a meal with your neighbours.
  • Dementia friends Make a real difference and help someone with dementia.
  • Digibuddies Help someone get to grips with the online world.
  • Volunteer Add to your CV and learn or be active at the same time.

If you know of someone who deserves recognition for giving to the wider Lambeth community nominate them for a Lambeth Champions award.