GDWG Walking Project

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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.’


The next dates for the Walking Project

Get fit for the the Refugee Tales 2017


Our next Walk With Us will be on Saturday 22nd April in the Crawley/Worth Area, West Sussex.

The walk is a well-used  path starting and finishing at Three Bridges Station. It takes us along the Worth Way and up to Worth Abbey where we will stop for lunch.  There are loos and hot drinks available. We will then do a short circular walk at Worth Abbey which is very attractive before returning to the Worth Way.

The walk is reasonably flat, (estimate 8 miles).

We will meet at Three Bridges Station at 11.00.

Please bring a packed lunch and water.

If you are able to make a donation to support the travel of our guest walkers who are former detainees, that would be welcome. We suggest £5 per walk, or £20 for the year!

Please register for a free ticket via the Eventbrite link below. It enables us to get a sense of how many walkers to expect and asks for a contact number if we need to cancel for any reason. We don’t pass on any of this data to anyone else.