Our Heart and Sole walks are suspended under Tier 4.

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Riverside walk

This gentle, 1.5 mile walk takes 35 to 45 minutes and passes through the open green space of the Chelmer Valley. This easy route is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Riverside walk

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In line with lockdown our group activities including Heart and Sole walks will not be running until further notice. 

This circular, 35 to 45 minute route explores the open green space of the River Chelmer valley where the route passes through the local nature reserve.  

It runs on well-surfaced pathways making this route suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. There are plenty of resting places where you can enjoy the views. 

Toilets at Riverside Leisure Centre are currently not available.  

Please note that, for each walk, a specific route has been agreed and risk assessed to provide the safest walking environment possible. This cannot be changed.

Walk times

Walk day and time

This walk runs every Monday at 10.30am throughout December 2020.

What to expect 

  • A mask must be worn upon arrival for registration and at the end of the walk.
  • We will only allow a maximum of 30 walkers in any one group.
  • You do not need to book; walk places operate on a first come first served basis and once the maximum is reached, walkers will be turned away.
  • Please keep a safe distance at all times throughout the walk and at the registration and the end of each walk.
  • Please do not join a walk if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19, or have been in contact with someone who has.
  • Anyone who develops symptoms within 48 hours of completing a must apply for a Covid-19 test, and support NHS contact tracing if requested.
  • Heart and Sole are providing walks only. No other amenities will be provided before or after the walks.



How to register

If you have already registered for our walks, please just arrive in time for the start. 

If you haven't registered, there are three ways you can do this: 

  • register online by creating an account on Walking for Health.  
  • complete a paper form when you arrive at your first walk. If you want to do this, please arrive 10 minutes early. 
  • download and print a Walker Registration Form, take it to your first walk and hand to the walk leader. 

About this walk

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Good for
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What to bring
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Things you need to know

Walk address and meeting point

This walk meets outside Riverside Leisure Centre, Waterloo Lane, CM1 1FG. 

How to get there

By bus

Get off at Riverside stop on routes 54a or 56. Please follow Government guidance on use of public transport during the Coronavirus pandemic.


Look at the city cycle map for routes to Riverside. 

By car

Paid parking available in the city centre, at Waterloo Lane. Accessible spaces are available in the Riverside car park near the main reception. 

Essential information

  • Make sure you bring a face covering, and wear comfortable, sensible shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. Please make sure you bring sun lotion and water in the summer.     
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow any dogs other than assistance animals. 
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Office opening times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


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  • All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


Contact form

01245 606569

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