Fancy something different? The walks listed below are offered by bodies other than Heart and Sole.
Please note that Chelmsford City Council does not take responsibility for these walks and has no control over the way they operate.
Get Walking this May!
For the second year running Walking for Health schemes such as Chelmsford’s Heart and Sole are joining up to take part in the Ramblers biggest ever free short walks festival from 3–10 May.
During Get Walking Week, Walking for Health schemes across England will be offering free short walks to encourage more people to take their first steps towards an active lifestyle.
You can join in with Get Walking Week by finding short health walks on the Walking for Health website, or try walking with your local Ramblers group.
Find a Health Walk scheme near you
World Walk Week
Heart and Sole have chosen to support a charity event called World Walk Week and in order to raise money we need your help.
From 10th to 17th May, a lady called Elaine Hammond is running a charity event called World Walk Week in aid of Cancer Research UK; Macmillan Cancer Trust and Willen Hospice. The event has been authorised to fundraise by all of the charities and has been acknowledged by Walking for Health. The two key objectives are to raise as much funding as possible for the charities and to raise awareness of cancer to help enable people to recognise signs to look out for.
If you would like to support World Walk Week, all you need to do is wear something purple for Heart and Sole walks that you attend during that week, and make a donation via participating Walk Leaders if you so wish.
You can find out more about World Walk Week at http://www.worldwalk.org.uk. Please note that there is no registration fee.
Jane Leary is a qualified instructor who leads weekly sessions in the beautiful surroundings of Hylands Park. Jane will guide, support and encourage you to enjoy exercising in the fresh air. Learn how to feel the benefit of using lightweight walking poles to enhance your walking workout. No previous experience is necessary, so come and join us! Stride out in the company of friends and enjoy a walk and talk.
When? Every Wednesday at 10am (The walks are a brisk 60 - 75 minute walk)
Where? Hylands Park; meet at the Writtle Gate entrance car park, where toilets are available.
How much? It costs just £5 to take part in a session and poles can be hired for an extra £1
Other information: Participants should wear supportive walking shoes or trainers, and come prepared for changing weather conditions. Bring a drink too!
Find out more: Call Jane Leary on 07903 404225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Adventure park walks
Dementia Adventure is a registered community interest company who are organising walks that are ideal for people living with dementia and their carers (and their grandchildren, and their dogs!). The walks are '"easy", suitable for people of all abilities and take place on wheelchair friendly paths so all are welcome.
When? Wednesdays at 10am (from 21st May 2014)
Where? Hylands Park; meet at the Stable Yard.
How much? No charge
Other information: Please book in advance by calling 01245230661. Individuals need to come with a carer or someone who knows them well. There is ample car parking and some blue badge spaces next to where the walk starts. Accessible toilets are available.
Find out more: Call 01245 230661 or visit the website http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/adventures/park_walks
Saltmarsh 75 Trail Running and Walking Challenge, October 2014
This is a 2 day, 75 mile trail running and walking challenge along some of the UK’s most unique coastline, run in conjunction with Maldon District Council. The event covers the entire coastal footpath of the Maldon district, in Essex. With full event, relay and single day options, the Saltmarsh 75 offers something for all abilities, whether a seasoned ultra-marathon runner or a beginner looking to get into trail running.
When? the weekend of 4th and 5th October 2014
Where? Starting in South Woodham Ferrers
How much? Prices are £60 (early bird offer until March 16th, £75 thereafter) for an individual participating in the whole event, £45 for a single day, and £120 for a relay team (2-12 members).
Other information: Entries are now open, and the closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 29 August 2014, or earlier if the 200 individual competitor limit is reached.
Find out more: Visit the website http://www.saltmarsh75.co.uk/ or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/saltmarsh75 and Twitter feed @saltmarsh75.