GDWG Walking Project – Walk with Us

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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 usually 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.’


Saturday 30 November 2019, 11.00 –  from Lewes Station, E. Sussex.

This is a walk for ALL friends of Refugee Tales and those joining us for the first time are very welcome.

The walk is free, but it helps us to estimate numbers of walkers if you can register for a place by email     Thanks.

We will meet at 11.00 am at Lewes Station
Led by Christina Fitzsimons the walk will be through the remains of Southease Priory down to Iford and Rodmell then go up on the South Downs briefly before coming back down past Swanborough Manor and Kingston and back to Lewes along Juggs Lane.
The finish will be by 16.00 back in Lewes.

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: