Chelmsford City Council

Heart and Sole walks

We hold regular and one off led circular walks throughout the Chelmsford area, through our Heart and Sole programme.

You can choose from a number of walks, each taking place on a different day during the week and catering for all levels of ability.

Heart and Sole is a Walking for Health accredited scheme. You can: 

To register to walk with Heart and Sole, you can:

  • create an account on Walking for Health, and register online

  • complete a paper form when you arrive at your first walk. If you want to complete a paper form, you will need to arrive ten minutes before the walk is due to start.

  • download and print a Walker Registration Form, take it to your first walk and hand to the walk leader

You can also volunteer to become a walk leader.


The benefits of walking

To stay healthy, doctors recommend regular exercise and activity.

You can benefit greatly from regular 30 minute walks, if you walk at a fast pace but are still comfortable to hold a conversation.

From reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, to improving stamina, muscle strength and the immune system, we welcome everyone on our Heart and Sole Walks.


Cancelling walks and the weather

Unfortunately, we sometimes have to cancel walks due to the weather.

A walk leader will attend the walk even if we think the weather will stop walkers attending. They will cancel the walk, and tell the walkers who have attended that conditions are not suitable.

The exception to this is severe snow and ice, when we do not expect our volunteer walk leaders to attend to cancel the walk in person.

If you are ever unsure if a walk is going ahead, you can:

  • call us on 01245 606569
  • look at the back page of the latest programme for any cancelled walks


Securing the future of Heart and Sole

We used to receive sponsorship to cover the cost of running our Heart and Sole walks, however this sponsorship has now ended.

To make sure we can continue the Heart and Sole scheme in the future, we have formed the Friends of Heart and Sole. The Friends are a group of volunteers who will be looking for ways to secure funding to help keep the scheme going. They will also act as a steering group to influence how the scheme develops.

You can download our leaflet about the Friends of Heart and Sole, and find out how you help.

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