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


Next weekend, Braintree District Walkabout have organised a Flatford walk to which walkers from all areas are invited:

When? Saturday 16 May 2015 at 11am
Where? Meeting at the Boathouse Restaurant/Cafe, Mill Lane, Dedham Colchester, Essex CO7 6DH.
Find out more: Contact the Braintree District Walkabout Coordinator on 07799 068408 or angela@angelagakis.com


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.


Midday Mile

On Wednesday 20 May at 12pm, the inaugural Workplace Challenge Midday Mile will be underway at Central Park Chelmsford. You're invited to join in with thousands of other employees across the country to walk, jog or run one mile and raise money for British Heart Foundation at the same time!!


A collection will be taking place at the Midday Mile, help raise money to fund life saving research by donating what you can, or text MILE to 70123 to donate £3 to the BHF.


Why not sign up to get active around your working day? http://www.activeessex.org/Get-Active/workplace-challenge/midday-mile/


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 alan.pamphilon@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 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


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!


Limbcare Snowdon Challenge

Limbcare is a registered charity set up by amputees to assist other amputees and limb impaired people. A Snowdon challenge has been organised by Stan Hetherington to help raise funds for the charity.

When? Friday 5 – Sunday 7 June 2015.

Details: Meet at 10am on Friday at Limbcare HQ in Frimley, Surrey and then travel all together in their minibus to a hotel in Bangor. Lunch and evening meal on the Friday are not included so you could bring a packed lunch but the bus will stop at a restaurant / café on the way. The evening meal can either be eaten at one of the many pubs / restaurants in Bangor or at the hotel if you book with them beforehand.

The Snowdon climb will take place after a hotel breakfast on Saturday morning. The minibus will leave at approximately 8.30am and 9.30am for Llanberis. The climb up Snowdon will then commence. Packed lunches will be provided by the hotel. Once the summit has been reached the party will then climb back down to the minibus and back to the hotel. In the evening a celebration meal will be held at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel on Sunday the minibus will depart for Frimley and should arrive back at Limbcare HQ late afternoon.

How much? Please contact Stan for details. Travel, accommodation and food (Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast, excluding drinks) are included as stated.

Find out more: email Stan Hetherington at stan@evendon-properties.co.uk and copy info@limbcare.org


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: pureiceland1@virginmedia.com. Also check out the 'Health Walkers in Iceland 2015' PDF under 'Downloads'.



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