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Walking

Brentwood's Healthy walking scheme Health Trax is a free health walk programme that has been running for over 14 years. The scheme is run by volunteer walk leaders supported by Brentwood Borough Council, Macmillan and Ramblers. Health Trax provides safe walking routes around local parks and countryside led by trained volunteers.

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.

Everyone is welcome especially if you have or have experienced:

  • High blood pressure/cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease/stroke
  • Inactivity/lack of energy
  • Asthma
  • Recovering from surgery

Making Trax

A good pair of shoes is the only equipment you'll need, choose any shoes that are comfortable, provide good support and won't cause blisters.

During the summer period it is important to remember to wear a hat, use sun protection and carry fluids to drink before, during and after your walking session.

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.

Health Trax Walks

  • Mondays - Hutton Country Park Health Walk - 11am (March to end of November)

Walk begins at 11am at Wash road, (small free car park) opposite Tallon road. 30 - 40min, slow - medium pace walk.

  • Tuesdays - King George's Playing Fields - 11am (all year)

11am start, meet near cafe in park. 1 hour, medium - brisk walk through Hartswood and nearby woodlands.

  • Wednesdays - Doddinghurst - 10am (all year)

10am start from Doddinghurst village hall (free parking). 1 - 1.5 hrs (+) along countryside footpaths. Medium - brisk pace, longer walks which go over stiles and across fields using right of way paths.

  • Wednesday evenings - Brentwood Leisure Centre (Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood - CM15 9NN)

Meet at the main entrance for a 6pm start for a 45 minute slow paced walk. Through Pilgrims Hatch and surrounding areas on flat ground. Suitable for beginners and those with mental health conditions. (30 minute short walk option available upon request.) Delivered by the Fitness In Mind Team.

Fitness in mind is an initiative to promote and encourage physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing.

Remember all walks are free so there is nothing stopping you enjoying the fresh air and all the benefits that come along with walking; you're in safe hands as all walks are led by trained volunteers.

For more information on walks or how to become a walk leader please contact Brentwood Borough Council on: 01277 312500.

Useful health walk and activity websites

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

www.trailnet.org.uk

Cycling

Brentwood Cycling Furtherance Group

As part of its commitment to Health and Wellbeing and to assist local residents in becoming more healthy and active, Brentwood now has a Cycling Furtherance Group to promote these intentions within the Brentwood Borough. The group, which is answerable to Brentwood’s Health and Wellbeing Board contains many members with an interest in cycling and having work responsibilities in this area such as Essex County Council, Brentwood Borough Council, cycle shops, Trailnet and Active Brentwood.

The group, has started a real-time detailed mapping process with the intention of establishing a wide network of on and off-road cycle pathways right across the borough. Significant key routes will then be laid out to enable those travelling to work and school from outlying areas to be able to commute by bike safely and away from traffic wherever possible.

Ultimately there will be a dedicated webpage and routes for cyclists to download and import into the many sat-nav for bike devices now available. Finally, the group will be looking to advise and steer the County Council in its intentions for the Borough as currently expressed within the Brentwood Cycling Strategy. If you’re a cyclist then please let the group know what cycling provision you’d also like to see in the borough by emailing envhealth@brentwood.gov.uk.

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Walking and Cycling

Walking

Brentwood's Healthy walking scheme Health Trax is a free health walk programme that has been running for over 14 years. The scheme is run by volunteer walk leaders supported by Brentwood Borough Council, Macmillan and Ramblers. Health Trax provides safe walking routes around local parks and countryside led by trained volunteers.

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.

Everyone is welcome especially if you have or have experienced:

  • High blood pressure/cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease/stroke
  • Inactivity/lack of energy
  • Asthma
  • Recovering from surgery

Making Trax

A good pair of shoes is the only equipment you'll need, choose any shoes that are comfortable, provide good support and won't cause blisters.

During the summer period it is important to remember to wear a hat, use sun protection and carry fluids to drink before, during and after your walking session.

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.

Health Trax Walks

  • Mondays - Hutton Country Park Health Walk - 11am (March to end of November)

Walk begins at 11am at Wash road, (small free car park) opposite Tallon road. 30 - 40min, slow - medium pace walk.

  • Tuesdays - King George's Playing Fields - 11am (all year)

11am start, meet near cafe in park. 1 hour, medium - brisk walk through Hartswood and nearby woodlands.

  • Wednesdays - Doddinghurst - 10am (all year)

10am start from Doddinghurst village hall (free parking). 1 - 1.5 hrs (+) along countryside footpaths. Medium - brisk pace, longer walks which go over stiles and across fields using right of way paths.

  • Wednesday evenings - Brentwood Leisure Centre (Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood - CM15 9NN)

Meet at the main entrance for a 6pm start for a 45 minute slow paced walk. Through Pilgrims Hatch and surrounding areas on flat ground. Suitable for beginners and those with mental health conditions. (30 minute short walk option available upon request.) Delivered by the Fitness In Mind Team.

Fitness in mind is an initiative to promote and encourage physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing.

Remember all walks are free so there is nothing stopping you enjoying the fresh air and all the benefits that come along with walking; you're in safe hands as all walks are led by trained volunteers.

For more information on walks or how to become a walk leader please contact Brentwood Borough Council on: 01277 312500.

Useful health walk and activity websites

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

www.trailnet.org.uk

Cycling

Brentwood Cycling Furtherance Group

As part of its commitment to Health and Wellbeing and to assist local residents in becoming more healthy and active, Brentwood now has a Cycling Furtherance Group to promote these intentions within the Brentwood Borough. The group, which is answerable to Brentwood’s Health and Wellbeing Board contains many members with an interest in cycling and having work responsibilities in this area such as Essex County Council, Brentwood Borough Council, cycle shops, Trailnet and Active Brentwood.

The group, has started a real-time detailed mapping process with the intention of establishing a wide network of on and off-road cycle pathways right across the borough. Significant key routes will then be laid out to enable those travelling to work and school from outlying areas to be able to commute by bike safely and away from traffic wherever possible.

Ultimately there will be a dedicated webpage and routes for cyclists to download and import into the many sat-nav for bike devices now available. Finally, the group will be looking to advise and steer the County Council in its intentions for the Borough as currently expressed within the Brentwood Cycling Strategy. If you’re a cyclist then please let the group know what cycling provision you’d also like to see in the borough by emailing envhealth@brentwood.gov.uk.