Other Walks

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
Email: fitsteps@maldon.gov.uk
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
Email: angela@angelagakis.com
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.


Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk 2016

If you haven't taken part before, Memory Walk is a series of sponsored walks for all the family, beginning in September. Last year the Alzheimer's Society raised over £3.9million to fund research and support for people with dementia. More than 225,000 people in the UK will develop dementia this year – the equivalent of one person every three minutes – so they still need your help.


Your nearest walk is at Hylands Park in Chelmsford:


When? Sunday 2 October 2016 at 10am
Where? Meet in the field opposite Writtle Get entrance car park, CM2 8WQ
How much? Free entry
Other information: Hylands Park is 574 acres of historic landscaped parkland, including an ancient woodland, grassland, ponds, lakes and formal gardens. The short 2km route will take a stroll through the Pleasure Gardens and is accessible to wheelchairs (please note that the event area is on grass). The longer 6km route is more challenging; weaving through nearby grassland and out into open fields and woodland paths. It is therefore is not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Find out more: For more details and to register, visit the website https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/find-a-walk/Essex/


Twighlight Bat Walk

.After the huge success of the inaugural Bat Walk in September, the hospital will now be conducting their 2nd autumn walk, supported by the Bat Conservation Trust. So why not join them with friends and family to experience the hospital site Bat Roost? You will look for various species of bat (Soprano and the Noctule) and have the opportunity to learn from the experts.


When? Thursday 6 October 2016 at 6.30pm
Where? Meet at Broomfield Court (see map with poster under Downloads), Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET
Other information: All equipment provided. Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis.
Find out more: Call 01245 515441 e-mail ayodeji.alaran@meht.nhs.uk or davidmjackson1@hotmail.com


Birdwatching on Galleywood Common

Autumn brings a change to the bird life of Galleywood Common. The summer visitors have departed for warmer climes and many resident species that have dispersed to other parts of the country are replaced by flocks of mixed thrushes. These include colourful fieldfares and redwings. Most of these autumn visitors hail from Scandinavia to spend the winter in the UK to avoid the harsh northern winter where food there is virtually unavailable. Our two resident woodpeckers, the great spotted and green woodpecker, can usually be seen and, at times, the very rare lesser spotted woodpecker, but sharp eyes are needed as it is only sparrow size. Buzzards are now regularly seen soaring high over the village and quartering the hedge rows, so look out for this large impressive falcon.


When? Sunday 9 October 2016 from 9.30-11.30am (meet from 9am)
Where? Meet at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Galleywood Common, Margaretting Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8TR
How much? £2 per person (under 16s free)
Other information: The Horseshoe tea room will be open for hot drinks and cakes following the walk. Bring binoculars and wear suitable clothing.
Find out more: Call 01245 357700 e-mail mail@galleywoodheritagecentre.org.uk or visit visit www.galleywoodheritagecentre.org.uk


Historic Racecourse walk on Galleywood Common 

This is a guided historical walk around part of the old racecourse. Afterwards view further information and photos at the Heritage Centre. The tea room will be open. This walk is part of Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016.

When? Tuesday 25 October 2016. Walk 1 leaves at 11am then Walk 2 at 1.30pm (arrive 15mins before the walk time; walk takes approximately 75mins)
Where? Meet at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Margaretting Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8TR
How much? £1 per person
Find out more: Visit www.ideasfestivalchelmsford.org to find out more and book. Or call 01245 357700


Nordic Walking

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 janealeary@gmail.com


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

nordic walking

Do you have a walk to advertise on this page? If so, just email the details to heartandsole@chelmsford.gov.uk and we will do the rest!

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