GDWG Walking Project – Walk with Us

(Image: Sarah Hickson)

GDWG walking project for former detainees, GDWG visitors and Refugee Tales walkers

If you have walked with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group on Refugee Tales and are interested in being part of the walking community that meets between Refugee Tales events, please email:

Detainees at Brook House and Tinsley House immigration removal centres who have visitors from Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group are given the opportunity to sign up for weekend walks if they are released in the UK. These walks are held at least every two months for former detainees, Refugee Tales walkers and GDWG visitors.

Walks are in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and are typically on a Saturday over eight miles. These are an opportunity for former detainees to experience the countryside in a walking community. It is a chance to break the daily routine, enjoy some physical exercise, see new landscapes and meet people who are keen to welcome new walkers.

There is no cost for former detainees to join the walks. Anyone who had a GDWG visitor can join three walks after release from detention. We can help with travel and waterproof clothing.

Visitors or Refugee Tales walkers pay a subscription of £20 a year to join the walks.

One former detainee wrote  ‘ I am not allowed to work and the days seem very lonely and long. Going on the walks  mean the walking days are better for me. I had never experienced the countryside. We talk about many things’…

One GDWG visitor wrote ‘I have been very moved by the experience of walking with former detainees.  Their delight in the English countryside in all weathers is one thing, but the benefit of walking and talking for everyone who takes part is profound.’


Sunday 8 September 2019, 11.00 –  from Finsbury Park, London

This is a reunion walk for those who came on the July walk but ALL friends of Refugee Tales including those joining us for the first time are very welcome. The walk is an opportunity for us to reflect on the July walk as a group and to come together to look forward. Due to popular demand (and ease of gathering with some train disruption) we will walk along the route we shared in May.

Please register on the link below. The walk is free, but it helps us to estimate numbers of walkers if you can register. Thanks.

We will meet at 11am at Finsbury Park Station (Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Come out at the main ‘Station Place’ exit. Meet outside the Arsenal shop (to the right when you exit the station).
The walk is about 10 miles. We will walk from Finsbury Park to Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath where we will have a picnic lunch (there are cafe and toilet facilities here).
After lunch, we walk to Marylebone Station, via Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.
We should get to Marylebone overground/underground station (Bakerloo line) between 3 and 4pm.
There is a pub at Marylebone station for those who fancy some refreshment at the end of the walk. Baker Street station is also nearby.

The first part of the walk is along Parkland Walk, a disused railway line that has become a green corridor, full of wildlife. There will be a chance to look inside Kenwood House (free entry) which has stunning interiors and paintings. The views from the walk, especially from Parliament Hill and Primrose Hill give a wonderful panorama of London.

We welcome a donation of £5 per walk to help with travel expenses for our guest walkers who have experienced detention.

Please bring water and a packed lunch to share.

We look forward to walking with you.

If you are interested in being a regular part of this walking community that meets between Refugee Tales events, please email: