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Health Walks / Fitness Walks
in Essex.

Walking can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help control blood pressure, help control weight, increase stamina and overall fitness, reduce the risk of a stroke, reduce stress

Please do let us know if you are running a Health Walk / Fitness Walk event in or near Essex. Charitable and non-profit making events are listed free of charge, and other events can be listed for a small charge. Contact us for further information.

Events
Uttlesford Braintree Colchester Tendring Harlow Epping Forest Chelmsford Maldon Rochford Basildon Brentwood Thurrock Castle Point Southend-on-Sea

Click on this map of Essex
to find a health or fitness walk in or close to your area.

Click here to see other walks taking place in Essex this year

Please note that all details were correct at time of adding to the site but are subject to change. Please check with event organiser to confirm details

BASILDON - and surrounding area

RSPB
Healthy Living Walks
(2013)

Join us for a brisk 30 minute walk around the park. Improve your fitness under big skies.
All new walkers will be required to complete a short health questionnaire so should allow time for this on their first visit. There is no charge for taking part and no need to book.
There is plenty of free parking available near the centre. Wat Tyler is accessible via Pitsea Hall Lane and Pitsea Railway Station is about 15-20 minutes' walk away. The nearest bus stop is in Pitsea Broadway.
Location: Wat Tyler Country Park, starting at the RSPB Visitor Centre.
Time: Every Monday (regardless of weather etc.) from 12.30 to 1pm
Cost: Price: Free
Contact: Telephone: 01268 498620 E-mail: southessexmarshes@rspb.org.uk

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Nifty Fifty Health Walks (2014)
A friendly group with about 35 participants. Wednesday morning leisure/health walks, up to 2-3 hours from 10am, walks are in and out of the district. All the walks are under 5 miles long. We usually go at a pace of 2.5mph. Cardiac rehabilitation patients are welcome with a referral. No dogs allowed.
Contact: Please see the attached walks list for June - September 2014 more information and contact details.

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BRAINTREE - and surrounding area

Braintree District Council
Heart and Sole Health walks
Unfortunately Braintree District Voluntary Support Agency (BDVSA) will no longer be able to support the Health Walk Scheme as funding could not be secured.

BDVSA say are happy to advertise the Walking for Wellbeing Programme from 1st September 2013 but have no connection with the organisation and running of the walks

More information: please visit the BDVSA webpage: www.bdvsa.org where the 'Friends of Walking for Well-Being' walking programme is available for download

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BRENTWOOD - and surrounding area

Brentwood Borough Council
Health Trax Walks (2013)
Each walk has at least two trained leaders to take up front and back stop, which means you can walk at a pace that suits you. Walking is a free and easy way to better health, it's safe and simple way to meet new people and make friends.
If it is your first walk, it is a good idea to turn up early and make yourself known to the walk leaders. At this point you will be asked to complete a short health questionnaire; if there is any doubt we will ask you to get formal consent from your doctor for your own safety. If you do have any health conditions it is best if you check with your doctor before starting the walks.

30 - 40 minute walk aimed at those new to or returning to exercise
Mondays - Hutton Country Park Health Walk, Walk begins at 11am at Wash road, (small free car park) opposite Tallon road 30 - 40min slow - medium pace walk. Please Note: This walk runs from the beginning of March to the end of November.

1 hour walks at a slightly brisker pace aimed at new to regular walkers.
Tuesdays - King George's Park - 11am start, meet near café in park. Walks run all year round. 1 hour medium - brisk walk through Hartswood and nearby woodlands.
Wednesday in Doddinghurst - 10am start from Doddinghurst village hall (free parking) Walks run all year round. 1 - 1.5 hrs along countryside footpaths. Medium - brisk pace, longer walks which go over stiles and across fields using right of way paths.
Thursday in Blackmore - 10.30am start from Blackmore village hall (free parking) the 1hr walk will follow footpaths and bridleways around the village, possibly over stiles on some walks.

Stepping Out - 1.5 - 2 hour walks for the more adventurous walkers
These Thursday walks let you step out at your own speed. The walks last for about 1.5 - 2hours, and will be at a brisker pace. Please note these walks may take you over stiles.
Thursday near Thorndon Country Park (North) - Leaves at 11am from Childerditch common car park, Childerditch lane (free parking)

For more information on walks or to become a walk leader contact one of our trained walk leaders on 07747 533467. For information on becoming a walk volunteer please contact Jo Grant at Brentwood Borough Council - 01277 312692.

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CASTLE POINT - and surrounding area

Walk Tall (2013)
Castle Point Health Walks programme is designed for anyone wishing to improve their health, meet new people and take part in some fun physical activity.
Offering half hour and hour long walks led by volunteer fully trained walk leaders and are free of charge..

Health walks in Castle Point
Benfleet: Richmond Hall Car Park, Benfleet 10.30am   Mondays
Canvey Island Sea Wall: Labworth Car Park Furtherwick Road Canvey Island
10:30am
  Wednesdays
Salvation Army: Castle Lane Car Park, at the bo'om of Castle Lane Hadleigh (approx. 1 hour)
10:30am
  1st and 3rd Friday every month

More information..For further informa!on please phone Rochford District Council on 01702 318121 visit: www.rochford.gov.uk

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CHELMSFORD - and surrounding area

Chelmsford City Council
Heart and Sole walks
Welcome to Heart and Sole, Chelmsford's healthy walking scheme. We hope that you join our programme of walks and find them enjoyable and beneficial to your health. Heart and Sole is an accredited scheme run in partnership between Chelmsford City Council and Central Essex Community Services
. The scheme is ideal for anyone wanting to;

improve general fitness
aid recovery from illness or injury
socialise and enjoy the beautiful views Chelmsford's parks have to offer

Walks are led by trained leaders and have a back marker at the rear of the group. This means you are free to walk at your own pace without fear of being left behind. The routes are all circular, so you start and finish in the same place. After the walk, we welcome you to stay for refreshments and socialising. This may be in a café, sports pavilion or a public house.

Government guidelines for a healthy lifestyle encourage us to take at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week. This makes a brisk walk in the open air with other like-minded people a great way of fulfilling your quota.

Riverside walk: Mondays at 10.30am, meets at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre.
Moulsham Mill walk: 1st Tuesday of every month at 10am, meets in the rear car park of Moulsham Mill. Please note that this is a longer, 4 mile walk.
Great Baddow walk: Tuesdays at 12pm, meets in the car park of Great Baddow Millennium Centre.
Writtle walk: Tuesdays at 12pm, meets in the car park of the Lordship Tea Rooms, off Lordship.
Anglia Ruskin University walk: Thursdays at 12.30pm, meets at the Mildmay Building on the campus.
Bell Meadow walk: Wednesdays at 12.15pm, meets in Bell Meadow, opposite the rear of Marks & Spencer.
Hylands Park walk: Sundays at 2.30pm, meets outside Hylands House, in the park.
Boleyn Gardens walk: Fridays at 10.30am, meets at the sports pavilion off of Burnell Gate.
Galleywood walk: Saturdays at 12pm, meets outside the Horse and Groom, on Galleywood Common.

More information: Please visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/heartandsole to download a full timetable of the walks and meeting points
Contact: Heart and Sole Coordinator on: 01245 606569
or email heartandsole@chelmsford.gov.uk

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COLCHESTER - and surrounding area

Health Walk (2013)
Cudmore Grove Country Park, Situated in East Mersea, come and walk the sea wall and enjoy the fine views across the Colne and Blackwater estuaries.
Location:.meet at the information room
Time: 10.30am, Every Tuesday
Contact:
For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet

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Health Walk (2013)
Walking Your Way To Health at Rowhedge, A walk on the sea wall with views to Wivenhoe and inland path.
Location:.meet The Albion, High Street
Time: 1.30pm, Every Tuesday
Contact:
For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet

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Health Walk (2013)
Gosbecks Archaeological Park, Enjoy the fresh air and open landscape as you take a stroll around this historic site.
Location:.meet Car Park off Maldon Road
Time: 10.30am, Every Wednesday
Contact:
For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet

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Health Walk (2013)
High Woods Country Park, These health walks take place through scenic woodland, with glimpses of the lake and surrounding parkland. The walks finish with free tea and coffee at the visitor centre.
Location:. High Woods Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JR
Time: Meet 11 am, Every other Friday and Sunday
Contact:
For information of the dates that these walks run please call (01206) 853588
For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet

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Health Walk (2013)
Hilly Fields Local Nature Reserve, Situated close to the centre of Colchester, Hilly Fields offers an interesting mix of woodland, undulating paths and fantastic views.
Location:.Meet by entrance in Sussex Road
Time: 2.00pm, Every Thursday
Contact:
For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet

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Health Walk (2013)
Salary Brook Local Nature Reserve, Take a relaxing walk around this picturesque setting in the company of some like-minded people. Ideally suited for people living in East Colchester..
Location:.Public Car Park behind Greenstead Community Centre
Time: 10.00am, Every Thursday
Contact:
For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet

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Health Walk (2013)
Tiptree Heath (south end of Tiptree on the B1022)
Enjoy a relaxing walk around the largest remaining heathland in Essex boasting magnificent heathers, ponds and a variety of beautiful and rare wildlife.
Walks are up to 1.5 miles round Tiptree Heath which is a mixture of open heathland (SSSI status) and shaded woodland. Suitable footwear and clothing are needed.
Location:.Car park off the B1022 / Maldon Road
Time: 10.30am, Every Wednesday
Contact: For more information regarding the health walk scheme or to request a leaflet please call 01206 282739 or visit Colchest B.C. Health Walks page and download a leaflet
Or contact Joan Pinch 07842 110051 joanpinch@hotmail.com

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EPPING FOREST - and surrounding area

Epping Forest District Council
Lifewalks
5 led walks every week with a choice of over 25 routes. Around 35-40 people come out on each walk. There are at least 4 fully trained leaders on every Lifewalk.
Lifewalks range from 1-3 miles and each route is carefully graded for the amount of effort needed. Lifewalks take place on good surface paths in the local countryside and in the country parks around Waltham Abbey, Epping, Theydon Bois, Loughton, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and North Weald. New walkers are always well looked after by the leaders who will advise on walking speed and help you quickly feel part of the group. We especially cater for walkers with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, heart disease, those who have completed a coronary rehab programme, are overweight or just generally feeling stressed or depressed
Cost: Lifewalks cost £1.50 per walk or £20 for 6 months. The scheme operates all year round with slightly different Winter and Summer programmes. Special social and themed walk events are offered every 3 months and all walkers receive the regular newsletter Walktalk.

More Information: Other information and a diary of walks with times maps etc can be downloaded from Eppinig Forest District Council Lifewalks page
Information pack, Route leaflets (pack of 12 costs £4.55) are also available from:
Epping Forest District Council, Leisure Services, 25 Hemnall St, Epping, Essex, CM16 4LX,
Tel 01992 564222, email: kwilliams@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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MALDON - and surrounding area

Maldon District Council
Fitsteps
Fitsteps offers a choice of walks, three times a week across the Maldon District and the South Chelmsford locality. The walks are led by specially trained walk leaders. All the walks are local and mainly on footpaths. The paths are easy to walk on and are either flat or have a very slight gradient. Distances range between one to two miles.
Areas covered by the walks include:

Mundon
Danbury
Heybridge
Maldon
South Woodham Ferrers
Tollesbury 

More information: Visit the fitsteps website on www.fitsteps.org.uk
or contact the Fitsteps Co-ordinator on 07960 168859 / 01621 854447
email: ivan.tosic@maldon.go v.uk

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Maldon District Council
Over 50s Invigorating Walks
This is an over 50s walk scheme. Walks are between 4 and 6 miles in length so not suitable for inactive beginners or those with health problems that require walks of a shorter distance.

More information: A leaflet guide is available for all the walks.
Contact Chris Rust on 01621 875811 email: chris.rust@maldon.gov.uk
or the Community Development Officer on 01621 854477

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ROCHFORD - and surrounding area

Health Walks (2013)
Rochford District Health Walks programme is designed for anyone wishing to improve their health, meet new people and take part in some fun physical activity.
Offering half hour and hour long walks led by volunteer fully trained walk leaders and are free of charge..

Health walks in the Rochford District
Hullbridge Community Centre: Car Parking is available at the corner of Ferry Road and Pooles Lane (Bus route No 20)
10.45am
 

Mondays

Hockley Woods: Meet in the car park, which is pay and display (entrance next to The Bull) (Bus route No 7 for Hockley)
10.45am
  Thursdays

More information..For further informa!on please phone Rochford District Council on 01702 318121 visit: www.rochford.gov.uk

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SOUTHEND-ON-SEA - and surrounding area

St. Luke's Community 'Health Walks'
Simple walks for people of all ages supported by trained walk leaders. Come and join our mini walks, they are fun and healthy. Everyone's Welcome
From. Temple Sutton Children's Centre or St.Luke's Health Centre
Time. Every Friday 10.00 am and last for forty-five minutes
More information: call Gareth Gault 07527 806520 Email: st.lukeshlc@hotmail.co.uk www.stlukeshlccic.org.uk

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Fitness Walks
The fitness walks comprise a 1 hour cardio and whole body, toning, resistance work out. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery of the Cliff Gardens or seafront whilst working out.
Important: please check the website ( www.personalpower.me.uk ) for further information and requirements.
Walk 1. Meet at The Cliffs Pavilion every Friday morning at 9.30.
Walk 2. Meet at the Uncle Tom's cabin (Shoeburyness seafront) every Tuesday morning at 10.45. (Free parking on Ness Road by the Shorehouse). Suitable for pushchairs and prams if you can't get childcare - no steps involved!
Cost: £5.00 (No Gym fees or contract!)

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Walking for Health (2013)
Free, led walks suitable for everyone, particularly those who are not physically active..
A great way to meet new friends
Walking can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help control blood pressure, help control weight, increase stamina and overall fitness, reduce the risk of a stroke, reduce stress.

Health walks in Southend
The Crooked Billet Old Leigh
11:00am
Wednesdays
The Beach Huts opposite The Shorehouse PH, Shoeburyness
1:30pm
Wednesdays
Priory Park Cafe Southend
1:15pm
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 

For further information, please contact Angela Andrews-King on 07771 926932.

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TENDRING - and surrounding area

Health Walk
Currently covering, Clacton, Jaywick, Holland On Sea, St. Osyth, Brightlingsea, Manningtree & Great Bentley. All routes are well researched and assessed for safety, ease of use and interest. Everybody and anybody is welcome, children (accompanied by a parent or carer), dogs, wheelchairs & buggies (on selected routes only). Strong links established with the local Cardiac Rehab Clinic, Diabetes Awareness Clinics, Smoking Cessation service, Exercise Referral Scheme, Gp's, Practise Nurses, Community Services and the District Council. The walks range from 1 mile to three miles and vary in their demands on the walker.We have led walks along coastal stretches, through rural settings, riverside and bridleways, something for everybody.
For more information: contact Kate French on 01255 206272
email: kate.french@tendring-pct.nhs.uk

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THURROCK - and surrounding area

RSPB
Healthy living walks
Rainham Marshes nature reserve You know it makes sense to get out for a lunchtime walk on a regular basis and we can provide a great location. Join our staff on a brisk walk to help improve your fitness and enjoy the wonders of Rainham Marshes. Suitable for all abilities. No need to book. Please register at 11.45am on your first walk. Normal reserve entry fees apply to this event.
Time: 12:15 - 13:15 Every Thursday to 31st December 2010 - (not Christmas Day 2009))
Cost: Adults: £2.50, Children: £1, RSPB members and residents of Thurrock and Havering: Free
Contact: Telephone: 01708 899840 E-mail: rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

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Walking the Way to Health. (Please check first)
Walking the Way to Health’ is a national initiative from the British Heart Foundation and the Countryside Agency and here in Thurrock we have launched our very own Walking Scheme. The walks last about 30 minutes so you can fit them in around your lifestyle and can have the added bonus of improving your health in all sorts of ways!

Mondays at 12.30pm
Thurrock Council Civic Offices, New Road, Grays
Meet at Main reception (Ground floor)
(suitable for Buggies and Wheelchairs)

Tuesdays at 10.30am
Blackshots Leisure Centre, Blackshots Lane
Meet at the front steps

Tuesdays at 2.00pm
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury Village
Meet at the Rangers Office
(suitable for Buggies and Wheelchairs)

Wednesdays at 1.30pm
RSPB New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet
Meet at the main centre

Every 2nd Wednesday at 4pm
(phone for date of next walk)
Tilbury Civic Square
Meet at the Police Station

Thursdays at 12.15pm
RSPB New Tank Till Road, Purfleet
Meet at the main centre
(suitable for Buggies and Wheelchairs)

Friday at 10.30am
Chafford Hundred, Gorges Nature Reserve, Drake Road,
Chafford Hundred Grays

Friday 1.30 pm
Pumping Station, Davy Down Riverside Park, Off Pilgrims Lane North Stifford
Meet at the main entrance

You don’t need to book but please check the walks are still running – just come along on the day. The walks take place in the rain or shine so whatever the weather dress accordingly. If it’s your first time attending a walk, please arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork

For more information please contact Liz Ulph for the most up to date information on local walks either by emailing polepositionnordicwalking@hotmail.co.uk or calling 0750 801 0977.

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UTTLESFORD - and surrounding area

Saffron Walden Health Walks
1: Walk starts from the Borough Lane Doctors Surgery on Wednesday evenings 6.00pm. Please note; the evening walk starts in April and finishes at the end of October
2: Walk starts from Swan Meadow car park, (next to pond) on Thursday mornings 10.00am.
All Saffron Walden Health Walks are no longer than 3 miles; however the Thursday walk provides the option of shorter walks for those new to exercise.

Stansted Mountfitchet Health Walk.
Walk starts from outside the Stansted Mountfitchet library on Friday mornings 10.30am, walks no longer than 3 miles.

Little Hallingbury Health Walk.
Walk starts from the village car park (in front of church) on Monday mornings 10.30am, walks no longer than 3 miles

Hatfield Heath Health Walk.
Walk starts from outside The Surgery, Broomfields on Friday mornings 10.00am, and walks no longer than 2 miles

Great Dunmow Health Walk.
Walk starts from the Dourdan Pavilion car park on Wednesday mornings 10.30am.
A Two-Part Walk for different levels of fitness;
Basic Health Walk: - 1 mile walks in and around the recreation Ground designed to help people new to exercise. Followed by
Intermediate Health Walk: (optional) 2/3 miles of more challenging walking in the Dunmow area.

Great Chesterford Health Walk.
Walk starts from outside The Surgery, School Street, on Thursday mornings 10.30am, walks no longer than 2.5 miles

Newport Health Walk.
Walk starts from outside The Surgery, Frambury lane, on Tuesday evenings at 6.00pm. Please note; the evening walk starts in April and finishes at the end of October. Challenging walks, no longer than 3 miles

Thaxted Health Walk.
Walk starts from outside The Surgery, Margaret Street on Friday afternoons 1.30pm. Challenging walks, no longer than 3 miles

For more information about the above health walks in Uttlesford, please contact Paul Goddard, Uttlesford Health Walk co-ordinator on 01799 581720
email: CLMUttlesford@leisureconnection.co.uk

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Other Walking Events

Walking Your Way to the Games
Castle Point, Rochford District, Southend-on-Sea
Once again in 2013 Rochford District Council are teaming up with the Essex Legacy Team at Essex County Council to bring you 'Walking your Way to the Games'. Existing walks on the programme have been divided into five colours and you will receive a free gift for each of the walks you attend.

Red Walk (shortest walk) Priory Park
Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles
Date: 28 March and 26 September 2013 Time: 1.15pm
Meeting point: Meet outside the café in Priory Park, Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea SS2 6NB

Yellow Walk Hockley Woods
Distance: 2 miles
Date: 7 March 2013 Time: 10.45am
Meeting point: Hockley Woods Car Park (entrance next to The Bull)

Yellow Walk Hullbridge
Distance: 2 miles
Date: 19 August 2013 Time: 10.45am
Meeting point: Car Park, corner of Ferry Road and Pooles Lane SS5 6PA

Green Walk Richmond Hall
Distance: 2 to 3 miles
Date: 18 March and 16 September 2013 Time: 10.30am
Meeting point: Richmond Hall Benfleet

Blue Walk: Hadleigh
Distance: 4 miles
Date: 19 April and 18 October 2013 Time: 10:30 am
Meeting point: Salvation Army Car Park
at the bottom of Castle Lane

Black Walk: (Longest Walk) Wakering
Distance: 5 miles
Date: 12 June 2013 Time: 10 am
Meeting point: Castle Inn Car Park, 181 Little Wakering Road SS3 0JW

For more information: Phone: 01702 318121 Email: sport@rochford.gov.uk
Please note that all details were correct at time of adding to site but are subject to change.
Please check with event organiser to confirm details
If you know of a health walk or fitness walk in your area, then please let us know.

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