SSW Beat the January Blues: Winter Sunrise Walk (29 Jan)

29 January 2024, 7:00 am–8:00 am

Drawing of London skyline

Are you an early bird (or aspiring to be one)? Start your week enjoying a sunrise walk with Student Support and Wellbeing.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students






Student Support and Wellbeing


UCL Main Quad
Gower Street
United Kingdom

'Beat the January Blues', organised by Student Support and Wellbeing, is a series of events in Term 2 (Monday 22nd - Wednesday 31st January 2024) where you can gather, giggle, get outside and meet others. Our activities will boost your mood and help you forget about the winter weather. Be sure to book your spot at these events and activities!

About the sunrise walk

Join the 7am Club on Monday 29 January and experience the mood boosting benefits of walking. Taking in the sights of Bloomsbury, the 7am Club offers a unique view of Regents Park at sunrise and will guarantee a great start to your day!


6:50am: Walkers to meet at the Main Quad, Wilkins Main Building (in front of the Portico Steps)

7:05am: Walk Leader commences the walk (please note that walking pace will be average).

8:00am: Walk ends back at the Main Quad.

Please email ssw-comms@ucl.ac.uk if you have any accessibility requirements we need to take into consideration.

Benefits of a sunrise walk

Walking in winter can offer numerous wellbeing benefits, despite the chilly weather. Here are some advantages:

Mood Boost: Exposure to natural light, even during the shorter days of winter, can boost mood and alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Additionally, physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, reducing stress and anxiety.

Improved Sleep: Regular physical activity, including winter walks, can contribute to better sleep. Exposure to natural light during the day helps regulate circadian rhythms, promoting a more restful sleep at night.

Stress Reduction: Walking in nature or simply taking a stroll in a winter landscape can have a calming effect. The combination of physical activity and exposure to natural surroundings is known to reduce stress levels and promote a sense of tranquility.

Social Interaction: Walking with friends, family, or pets provides an opportunity for social interaction. Maintaining social connections is crucial for mental and emotional wellbeing, and walking together adds a shared, positive experience.

Other Student Support and Wellbeing events

Find out what else is happening during Student Support and Wellbeing's ‘Beat the January Blues’ campaign here. Our wide range of Events and Activities throughout the academic year help you maintain your physical, emotional and mental health. Student Support and Wellbeing strive to give all UCL students the chance to try something new, make friends and develop wellbeing skills for university and beyond. We hope to see you at one of our events soon!