GDWG – Walk with Us

Walk With Us are one day events that usually happen each month on a Saturday.  Walk With Us was designed to keep the walking community active all year round. These day walks are over 7 miles long and we stop to have a shared lunch at local community centres halfway through the walk. Walk With Us days 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 and we can help with travel expenses. We ask for a donation of £5 per walk to help with travel expenses for our guest walkers who have experienced detention.

There is something really special about walking alongside people and the type of warming conversations that can be had. Walk With Us is the perfect opportunity to get a flavour of what our Summer walk is like.

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’…

A 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.’

Walk With Us is open to former detainees, Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group visitors, Refugee Tales walkers and anyone else who would like to join us! We walk in different towns and cities throughout the year.


Refugee Tales and the current situation

For the well-being of all, our Chepstow walk in April is cancelled, as is our Lingfield walk in May.
Thank you to Bryony for all the planning for the Chepstow walk and to Aidan for plans for the Lingfield walk.
We’ll look forward to resuming walking just as soon as it’s safe for all.

Saturday 26 April: Chepstow, Monmouth, Huge regret but this is cancelled

Sunday 17 May: Lingfield, Surrey,  Huge regret but this is cancelled

Saturday 6 June: Deal, Kent

Saturday 13 September: Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, Sussex

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