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Join David Rose’s Guided Wellbeing Walks with a History Theme from The Hive, Park Barn

Published on: 16 Feb, 2023
Updated on: 17 Feb, 2023

Local historian David Rose is leading a series of five guided wellbeing walks with a local history theme from The Hive community centre in Park Barn.

These easy and accessible walks are on Friday mornings, from February 24 through to March 24. They will last approx 60 minutes, starting at 11am, you can even bring well behaved dogs, on a lead!

Please remember to wear appropriate clothes and shoes for the weather, and bring a drink.

There is no need to book, just turn up. These walks are free to attend.

David Rose says: “I have been asked by Catalyst (a great organisation) to lead these walks and I suggested the location of The Hive in Park Barn as a great place to start and finish each walk.

“Thanks go to Guildford Borough Council who operate The Hive for their support. There’s a great cafe there where walkers can enjoy refreshments before or after the walk.

“There will be several different routes that we will be walking over the five weeks, and there’s a lot of interesting history in the Westborough and Park Barn area!

The first walk, on Friday, March 24, will go over the University of Surrey’s Manor Farm campus. I’ll explain how this whole area was, in medieval times, a royal hunting ground.

“Another walk will take in the locally named “reservoir hill” in Westborough, where there are some great views from the top over Guildford and beyond.

“The development of the Westborough estate, that started in the 1920s, included creating several “green spaces” within. There’s people who probably don’t know they exist. Therefore, the walks will take in these havens of nature.

“My walk through Park Barn will include the story of a Roman farmstead that was on the edge of today’s estate on nearby Broad Street Common.”

The walks are being hosted by Catalyst’s The Hope Project, a charity who work with people who are dealing with issues stemming from drug and alcohol misuse and mental health.

More details on: Phone 01276 409415, text to 07919 541 424 or email


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