Health Walks

Rochford District and Castle Point Health Walks are a great way to see some lovely countryside in your local area, and learn a bit more about the surroundings. Ramblers from anywhere in Essex are welcome to join in the fun so spread the word!


Walking For Health – Look good, feel great!

Rochford District Health Walks take place Mondays leaving from Hullbridge Community Centre at 10.45am and Thursdays from Hockley Woods Main Car Park at 10.45am.
More info available by calling The Council on 01702 318121 or via their website


I attended the Walk For Health meeting on Thursday 25.04.2013 along with around 40 people – an above average attendance to date, quite possibly helped by ‘Hockley Essex’ Facebook page. Various staff from the Council attended and on hand for advice was a tree specialist and a number of Health Walks guides.
People of all ages were enthusiastic and appreciative that this event took place and enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far.

Rochford-Council-WalkDuring the walk around Hockley Woods – one of the oldest and largest of it’s type, Rochford District Council’s Woodlands Officer Richard Bond gave informative talks about the history of the woods, various types of tree, bluebells, coppicing techniques and insect behaviour.

The walks take place at 10:45am every Thursday meeting in Hockley Woods main car park and last around 1 hour. Not only did walkers marvel at the flourishing spring flowers whilst getting plenty of exercise, they also got to hear some fascinating tales about the 10,000 year old woodlands and the enchanting folklore of ghosts and fairies that live within. Richard Bond remarked with a smile “We take the ‘R’ out of Rambling as all walks are at a leisurely pace.

Bring your camera and take a great shot for a new computer ‘screen saver’ or transform a wall in your home with a lovely landscape.

The walks, organised by the Council, are run by qualified Volunteer Walk Leaders and have proved successful in encouraging the community to get out and enjoy exercise.

Rochford District Council’s Woodlands Officer, Richard Bond, said: “These free walks are ideal for people who want to do a bit more exercise. They’re also a great opportunity for people to talk as they walk and make new friends.

There are lots of different walking routes available within our District so taking part is a great way to see some of the spectacular scenery we have on our doorstep especially now as the spring flowers are beginning to emerge”.

“The flower bloom in Hockley Woods is an incredible sight and one not to be missed, so please feel free to let our Leisure Services Team know if you’re interested in any aspect of future walks and Hockley Woods Events 01702 318121″

Wild Woods Day

Please watch this space for hot news about another forthcoming popular Council run event called Wild Woods Day. Info will be posted so please come back and visit soon!
Geoff Grove

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