News Update The walking programme for July to December is now available to view on the Programme tab

St Austell Bay taken from the coastal footpath overlooking Charlestown
The china clay Sky Tip at Carluddon. One of the few remaining Cornish Alps
The wild flower meadow at Heligan Gardens
Polridmouth Cove with the daymark at Gribbin Head in the background

St Austell & Clay Country 'Stroll Back the Years' Walking Group

A very warm welcome to the St Austell & Clay Country 'Stroll Back the Years' website. We are a popular and friendly walking group with lots of local expertise. The walks, inland and coastal, are all located within a 10-mile radius of St Austell and are for people who love getting outside, enjoying our fantastic countryside and coastline and meeting like-minded people. We often get 30-40 people at a time, so you can always find someone to chat with. It’s free to join and you can just turn up on the day.

The walking group is run entirely by volunteers. We currently have eight volunteers and manage our scheme through an informal committee structure. We do not have a formal volunteer policy, but we ensure good standards of volunteer management amongst ourselves and we value each other’s contributions in recognition that we are all the lifeblood of our scheme. We work together to support each other.

New walkers are required to download and complete a simple registration form to capture contact details, any known health issues and to sign a liability disclaimer. The form must be completed and brought on the first walk. As an alternative, 'Walk Leaders' can issue a printed copy, at a cost of 10p each, which must be completed prior to the commencement of the walk. All walkers are responsible for their own safety and well-being.

While we welcome all ages and abilities to join us, it’s fair to say that the average age of our walkers is somewhere north of 60. As long as you can walk, have a reasonable pair of walking shoes or boots and are prepared for the weather, anyone can take part.

Currently, we have a programme rota of 18 different walks held on Mondays and another 16 different walks on Tuesdays. There is an alternative advanced walk on some Mondays and, for the more energetic, a more strenuous walk is generally run once a month on Thursdays. Regular walkers will be notified of these in advance via email from the Scheme Coordinator.

All of our standard walks can be completed within two hours. There are always a number of short rest stops and one long enough to enjoy some refreshment. Nobody gets left behind!

All walks are 'Graded' to give an indication of the difficulty of the walk. Explanations can be found in the Walkers Notes section.

The walks all have volunteer leaders who give out any pre-walk information and oversee our well-being when we have to walk on or next to any roads. Wherever possible, we use footpaths and trails.

All walkers are strongly advised to read the list of 'Step by step instructions' contained within the Walkers Notes section.