Walking

Walking is a fundamental part of life and has many benefits. Here at Thames Chase we encourage individuals to walk as part of a fun and healthy lifestyle. We believe that walking lifts morale, keeps you in touch with the natural world around you, and is also a great way to keep fit. We host many walks around the Thames Chase landscape, and encourage individuals to get involved.

What's been happening?

A small team of volunteers were set up to promote walking throughout the Thames Chase Community Forest. Professionally-produced walking guides are available to pick up from the Thames Chase Forest Centre.  The guides include a sketch map, step-by-step walking guides and notes on the history and ecology of the walking area.

The long term aim is to connect the open spaces throughout the Thames Chase Community Forest for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, which is a large part of our wider Access pillar in the Thames Chase Plan. The volunteers are starting with walks between the Forest Centre, Belhus Woods and the Brentwood/Thorndon area.

For information on our upcoming walks, visit our calendar of events.

Other walking groups:

  • Havering Walking for Health started in 2003. It is run by volunteers and supported by the London Borough of Havering who coordinates the scheme. There are over 20 trained walk leaders and 19 walk venues, including Broadfields.
  • Simply Stride apply effective yoga, pilates and mindfulness techniques and ideas to something we do every day, walking.
  • We also have an active Nordic Walking group which uses our sites. Check out www.nordicwalking.co.uk or call / email: 07905963021 / mfmorgan246@hotmail.com

All walks

Walk 10: Davy Down, Fields of Peace and Mardyke Woods

A circular walk taking in the sites of Davy Down Riverside Park, North Stifford village and Mardyke Woods

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Walk 8: Dagenham Village

A short circular walk around Dagenham Village taking in various historic sites.

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Walk 7: Pages Wood, Great Warley & Harold Court Woods

A circular walk around Pages Wood, Great Warley & Harold Court Woods. 

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Walk D1: Dagenham East Station to Rainham Station

Destination walk from Dagenham East Station to Rainham Station

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Walk D5: Noak Hill to Upminster Station via Dagnam Park, Harold Court & Pages Wood

A destination walk from Noak Hill to Upminster Station taking in sites including Dagnam Park, Harold Court & Pages Wood 

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Walk D3: Upminster Station to Rainham Station

Walk D3: Upminster Station to Rainham Station

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Walk D2: Davy Down to West Horndon Station

Linear walk from Davy Down to West Horndon Station

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Tilbury Fort to Coalhouse Fort

Scenic walk along the River Thames between two sites of military heritage

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Circular Walk via: Berwick Glades and Ingrebourne Valley

Circular Walk via: Berwick Glades and Ingrebourne Valley

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Broadfields Tree Trail

This walk is a great way to learn about the trees which have been planted around the Forest Centre. Perfect to get introduced to the wonderful world of trees. 

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Gruffalo Walk - Thorndon Country Park

Walk around Thorndon Country Park following one of Thorndon's main attractions - the Gruffalo trail. 

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Belhus Country Park Walk

Visit Belhus Country Park, a prime location for a lovely walk or stroll through a park with Lakes, Ponds, Woodland and Meadows. 

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St Marys Magdalene Church Walk

Circular Walk to St Mary Magdalene Church, a stunning little church in Upminster. Finish your walk with a snack at the Forest Centre Cafe!

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Upminster Windmill - Northern Loop Walk

Northern Windmill Loop Walk, appropriate for most. there's always time for a snack in the Forest Centre as well!

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Upminster Windmill - Southern Loop Walk

Southern Loop to Upminster Windmill and the Old Chapel vis Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve

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A Walk through Cranham Brickfields

Circular walk around Cranham Brickfields starting at the Forest Centre

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Cranham Nature Reserve Walk

Circular walk via Cranham Nature Reserve

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London Loop - Section 21

 Havering-atte-Bower to Harold Wood

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London Loop - Section 20

Chigwell to Havering-atte-Bower

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London Loop - Section 22

Harold Wood to Upminster Bridge

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London Loop - Section 23

Upminster Bridge to Rainham

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Thames Estuary Path 5

Thames Estuary walk 5: 4 mile walk between Benfleet and Leigh Station.

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Thames Estuary Path 4

Thames Estuary Path 4 from Pitsea to Benfleet station

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Thames Estuary Path 3

10 mile walk between Stanford-le-Hope and Pitsea Station.

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Thames Estuary Path 2

3½ mile walk between East Tilbury and Stanford le Hope Station.

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Thames Estuary Path 1

7 mile walk between Tilbury Town and East Tilbury Station

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