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
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.
Chelmsford Historical Walks
Entertaining walks around the centre of Chelmsford led by a guide in period costume. There are three themed walks currently available; History of the City, History of Moulsham Street and a ghost walk entitled “Chilling Tales of Chelmsford”. The historical walks take place in daylight but the ghost walk is best enjoyed in the dark, so takes place in the early evening!
When? The walks (around 90 minutes) run regularly and can be performed for individuals or groups of up to 20 people.
Where? The Stone Bridge in Chelmsford High Street (outside Toni & Guy)
How much? £5 per person, but discounts available for groups
Find out more: Call Alan Pamphilon on 01245 609778 or email email@example.com
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? See website for details
Where? See website for details
How much? See website for details
Other information: Please book in advance by calling 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/adventures/park_walks
River Crouch Celebrations; Lost Walks and Ghost Crossings
When? June 27th - July 4th 2015
Where? Join us this summer on the River Crouch!
Other information: The River Crouch Celebrations 2015 brings together eight towns and villages from both sides of the river to gather, share and create stories through arts projects that celebrate the River – its role in the past, its present but unseen beauty, and the potential it has to benefit the community in the future.
Last summer, we explored the Lost Walks of Rochford, linking up villages and communities along the south side of the river. In January this year, lead artists, Ali Pretty and Richard White led a series of recce walks on the north side of the River; this spring our team of eight locally-based artists began working with seven schools to create their own responses to the River, and everyone on the team is now looking forward to the 100 mile public walk and celebratory event this summer.
Eight large scale silk flags, inspired and painted by people from each village, will be collected by the walkers as they pass each place, each day, on their 100 mile walk.
This will culminate in a crossing of the River Crouch from South Woodham Ferrers to Hullbridge for a celebratory Feast Day on Saturday 4 July.
Join this 100 mile 8 day walk on foot or online, meet at the ghost crossings and other special places along the way.
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
After five years of successful visits to Iceland by Health Walkers, they are now offering an enlarged programme for 2015. These visits are principally, but not exclusively, for people who are signed up to their local Health Walks schemes whether leaders or members. Partners and dependents also welcome if they are active walkers as also individuals who like our approach to walking. You can see some images from 2013/14 on this website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/82763166@N00/sets/
For 2015, they are adding a new visit in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. Of course this cannot be guaranteed but 2014 has proved really good for the aurora with 2015 promising to be just as stunning. The programme will include walks but not treks. The idea is to see as much as possible while getting as much fresh air and exercise as possible.
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. Further details of the walks can be provided on request.
Find out more: Call 01603 279015 or email: email@example.com. Also check out the 'Health Walkers in Iceland 2015' PDF under 'Downloads'.