Creative Walks


Nurturing connection, creative thinking and mental wellbeing through a combination of time outdoors, gentle exercise and social interaction.

An experience for creatives and the general public. The routes are relatively short, the emphasis being on the journey taken rather than the destination. A process of looking, listening, responding individually and collectively and sharing time together, uniquely designed and guided by a local creative.

You can book your place on a walk below (jump to booking). Tickets are by donation. We are a not-for-profit organisation. All proceeds go towards funding for our activities and events, cultivating creative communities throughout the Forest of Dean.

If you are unable to join a Creative Walk you are very welcome to join the group at the end of the walks at the café where you will be updated with Canopy’s activities and able to exchange information with others. Please book a place beforehand if possible.

Thank you to everyone who has attended past walks.

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Each walk is carefully researched by the leader/artist so participants are encouraged to stop to observe, record, photograph, listen or consider a particular feature. Numerous approaches are offered to enable individuals to make a personal response visually or in words. The aim is to demonstrate various starting points which can be developed by participants later.

It is not about distance, but looking and listening reflecting and remembering, some stories, some mark making, measuring what it feels like and maybe a ‘yellow swing’.

At the end of the circular walk we share work, ideas and a coffee/sandwich at a nearby café.

Canopy provides:

  • A note book
  • A pen
  • Crayons
  • Viewfinder
  • Visual record/evaluation

Participants should:

  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear
  • Bring some money for sandwich/hot drink
  • Try to be ‘hands free’ so use a backpack

Book your place on a walk below.

Creative Walks 2022

May

Wednesday 11th May  14:30 – Free

Mallards Meander

Mallards Pike

A free accessible circular walk, looking above and wondering what’s below.  There will be drawing and some music.  Bring a notebook, pens and perhaps a picnic to share. Meet at the cafe building.

Approx 1 mile – Accessible

Part of the Coleford Walking Festival

February

Sunday 15th May  11:00 – £5

To the Yellow Swing and Back

Coalway

A circular walk, looking above and wondering what’s below.  There will be drawing and some music.  Bring a notebook, pens and perhaps a picnic to share.

Part of the Coleford Walking Festival