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: www.fitsteps.org.uk/


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.


Historical walk of the city centre

This walk of Chelmsford City centre brings to life the fascinating past of our city, which dates back to Norman times and has a name that is of Saxon origin. On the walk you will hear some of the unusual stories behind the buildings and get an insight into how the past residents of Chelmsford lived. The commentary will roughly follow the evolution of Chelmsford from the Iron Age to the present day and will include many of the blue plaques.


When? Sunday 20th March 2016 Start 14:00 Finish 15:30
Where? The Stone Bridge in Chelmsford High Street (outside Toni & Guy) CM2 0LR.
How much? £5 per person, (Children under 12 half price) includes a donation to the Ideas Hub charity.
How to book: Call Alan on 01245 609778, Pam on 07764 897725 or email cityhistorywalks@gmail.com


Chilling tales of Chelmsford

This walking tour of the city describes the more unpleasant side of its history, featuring murders, ghosts, hangings, witchcraft and much more. An evening event not for the faint hearted!
How did a protestant preacher end up facing a traitor’s death?
What tests did the Witch Finder General use to confirm acts of witchcraft? 
In which Chelmsford buildings are there believed to be ghosts or paranormal activity?
If you would like to know more about the dark side of the history of Chelmsford and find the answers to these questions, then join us on this walk.


When? Tuesday 15th December 2015 Start 19:30 Finish 21:00
Thursday 17th March 2016 & 14th April 2016 Start 19:00 Finish 20:30
Where? The Stone Bridge in Chelmsford High Street (outside Toni & Guy) CM2 0LR.
How much? £5 per person and includes a donation to the Ideas Hub charity.
Find out more: Call Alan on 01245 609778, Pam on 07764 897725 or email cityhistorywalks@gmail.com

Historical walk of Moulsham Street

 Moulsham Street, named by the Saxons, is perhaps the oldest street in Chelmsford and has a past which predates the city centre. This walk covers the history of the hamlet from before the Roman occupation, through Saxon and Medieval times up to the industrial revolution and the present day. Over time the street has seen many dramatic changes, but hidden away are some fine examples of it’s evolution which you will discover during this tour.


When? Sunday 17th April 2016 Start 14:00 Finish 15:30
Where? The Stone Bridge in Chelmsford High Street (outside Toni & Guy) CM2 0LR.
How much? £5 per person, (Children under 12 half price) includes a donation to the Ideas Hub charity.
How to book: Call Alan on 01245 609778, Pam on 07764 897725 or email cityhistorywalks@gmail.com

Industrial Heritage Walk of Chelmsford

Chelmsford has a rich and varied industrial heritage which includes many ground breaking inventions. During this walk we will cover a large number of these marvellous achievements. The variety is amazing and includes from the early years the location of a ropemaker’s walk and one of the many local iron foundries. From the Victorian era there is the first Marconi radio factory, a generator house used for public street lighting and a steam omnibus factory. The commentary will also include the building of the railway through Chelmsford, the precise manufacture of ball bearings, the evolution of radio, radar and the early days of television. The tour is intended to last around 90mins and will cover a distance of under a mile.


When? Sunday 13th March 2016 & 24th April 2016 Start 14:00 Finish 15:30 The tour is intended to last around 90mins and will cover a distance of under a mile.

Where? The walk starts at the junction of Mildmay Road and Hall Street (outside the old Marconi building), CM2 0DN and finishes just off Meteor Way.

How much? £5 per person (Children under 12 half price) includes a donation to the Ideas Hub. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Find out more: To book, call Pam on 07764 897725, Alan on 01245 609778 or email cityhistorywalks@gmail.com


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.


When? Most Fridays from May onwards. Arrive at 10.15am for a 10.30am start (see website for dates)
Where? Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ; meet at the Stables Visitor Centre (near Hylands House)
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 www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/adventures/park_walks


Walking in Essex

Walking in Essex www.walkinginessex.co.uk is a website packed with useful information for walkers.


With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.


With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.


So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!


Health Walkers in Iceland 2015

Details of the seventh year of ‘Iceland Health Walks’ are now available. These grew out of pressure from local Norfolk Health Walkers in that infamous year of the eruption – 2010. Since then the walks have been joined by no fewer than 500 walkers!


In 2016, in addition to the regular South Iceland programme, completely new Peninsulas Walks have been introduced. These will be very different to previous programmes introducing walkers to the spectacular coastline, dramatic lava landscapes and our trademark island trip. This will be to the island of Flatey where you can reasonably be expected to spot whales on the crossing.


The walks are in conjunction with the Icelandic company, Trex, who provide ATOL cover.


The walks are run by Tony Escritt from the Broadland Health Walks in Norfolk. He has walked in Iceland for over 50 years and is well known now for his guiding skills.


Find out more: Call Tony Escritt on 01603 279015 or 07703534325. Email: pureiceland1@virginmedia.com. Also check out the 'Health Walkers in Iceland 2016' PDF under 'Downloads'. If you are interested in registering, please complete the Provisional Booking Form, also available under 'Downloads'.