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.’


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

Forthcoming Saturday Walks

Saturday 13 April 2019 – Wye, Kent.

Meet at 11.00 Wye rail station, Bridge Street, Wye TN25 5EB . Finish approximately 15.30 at Wye rail station.
We’ll walk from the station onto the Downs, then down and up and on to Crundale church, where we will have lunch. This is a moderately hilly walk, and could be muddy in places but there are lovely views. It’s about 7 miles long.

Bring water, a packed lunch to share and your smile.

The walk is free, but it helps if people are able to donate £5 (or £20 for the whole year) to support the travel costs of our guests who have direct experience of detention. Thank you.

If there is a problem on the day, then please ring Chris Perks on 07786 738 460

We look forward to walking together.

The walk is free, but it helps us to estimate the number of walkers if you click on the link below and register. Thanks!

Saturday 18 May 2019 – Falmer to Lewes, Sussex

Saturday 8 June 2019 – London area


Note the dates. Brush off your boots. We look forward to walking and talking together.

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