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: anna@gdwg.org.uk

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.’

 


We have a reunion day walk on 15 September 2018 – All welcome.

11.00 am start at Lingfield rail station.

An 8 mile reasonably flat circular walk taking in the East Surrey villages of Dormansland and Lingfield and culminating in a walk around the Lingfield Nature Reserves. These reserves are a mixture of meadows, hedges, and woodland copses and also boast a wetland area with a number of ponds and small pools, an orchard, a wildflower meadow and a butterfly garden!

The walk starts and finishes at Lingfield rail station.

Trains to Lingfield run from London Victoria via East Croydon.
09.51 from LVC arrives Lingfield at 10.41 – please check on the day!

Coming from Brighton it is necessary to change at East Croydon.
The above train is at EC at 10.10.

There is car parking at Lingfield Station see here for details.

Please register using the link below. It’s free, but it helps us to know how many people to expect.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/refugee-tales-reunion-and-walk-with-us-tickets-48930673963


There is a Refugee Tales walk as part of the North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival on Saturday 29 September. Details of the Festival and the walk are here.
Please register for the walk using the link below.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/refugee-tales-walk-tickets-49085798946


We have day walks on 27 October 2018 and 17 November 2018.

Day walks take place in Surrey or East or West Sussex.

We will launch Refugee Tales 2019 on 19 January 2019.

The next annual long Refugee Tales Walk will be from 6 – 10 July 2019 – details later.


If you are interested in being part of the walking community that meets between Refugee Tales events, please email: anna@gdwg.org.uk