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.
Walking for Health in Mid-Essex
Did you know that Heart & Sole isn’t the only Walking for Health accredited scheme in the Mid-Essex area? There are also walks in Maldon and Braintree.
Maldon Fitsteps offers a choice of walks, three times a week across the Maldon District and the South Chelmsford locality. For further information please contact the Fitsteps Co-ordinator:
Tel: 01621 854477
Mob: 07960 168859
Web: Maldon Fitsteps
Braintree District Walkabout are a group of volunteers and residents who have set up a new volunteer walking group. They will be running regular walks in areas such as Coggeshall, Witham and Great Notley. To register your interest in attending a walk, training to become a Volunteer Walk Leader or joining their Steering Committee please contact the Scheme Coordinator:
Mob: 07799 068408
Web: Braintree District Walkabout
Local Ramblers Walks
Looking to broaden your walking experience even further? You might find the Ramblers Led Walks ideal. These walks range from short urban strolls lasting no more than a couple of hours to more challenging hikes in some of Britain’s most remote and beautiful countryside.
Non-members can try walking with the Ramblers for free before joining. Have a look at the Ramblers website www.ramblers.org.uk for more information, or have a chat with our very own Walk Leaders Maria Smith or Vincent Mooney, who lead Heart and Sole as well as Ramblers Walks.
Try Orienteering with Essex Stragglers (ladies only)
Stimulate the body whilst using your mind (a map and compass may help!) and get active in your local outdoor environment. Orienteering is normally a group activity that requires navigational skills to get from point to point on diverse terrain normally moving at a fast walking pace. Events are held in parkland, woodland and urban settings. This session will give you a taste of orienteering and the skills you need with like-minded people.
Date: Saturdays 14, 21, 28 January and 4, 11, 18 February 2017 (attend as few or as many as you like)
Venue: Admirals Park, Rainsford Rd, Chelmsford, CM1 2PN (meet in the Car park opposite Tower Av.)
Find out more: or more information or to book go to womentime.co.uk/recommends/#orienteering or call 01245 606206.
Country Walking challenges you to walk 1000 miles in 2017. This equates to less than 3 miles per day. This isn't as hard as it sounds; just think how many steps you rack up doing the housework or walking to the shops! Already walk with Heart & Sole? Your walks with us count too!
Not convinced? Check out the benefits of walking on 'The walking cure' poster under downloads.
Join the #walk1000miles community online at http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/walk1000miles.
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 national organisation who is bringing together local people and organisations to deliver park walks - because getting out is good for all of us! The walks are ideal for people living with dementia, their carers, friends, families (and their dogs!). People living in a care setting as well as in the community are welcome. The walks are gentle, wheelchair friendly, and give an opportunity to have a chat and refreshments in the cafe afterwards.
How much? Free
Other information: Call first to book your free place on 01245 237548. 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 237548 or visit the website http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/walks-venues/park_walks