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Walks around Uttlesford

We have put together a guide giving details of local walks and walking groups.

Walking is simply one of the easiest ways to get more active, maintain a healthy weight and be surrounded by nature, whilst socialising or taking a break from a busy schedule.

Additionally, walking helps to prevent numerous conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, whilst strengthening bones and muscles and improving mood, balance and co-ordination.


Walks directory

Saffron Walden and District Footpaths Association

There are organised walks on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

If you would like to find out more, head to the Walking in Essex website.

This walk is free.

Stansted Mountfitchet U3A Walks

The group meets most Sundays at the top of Chapel Hill, on the corner of the car park at 9:30am. The walk is approximately 1 hour. In addition, there is a longer walk of 3 to 6 miles, which is called Walking and Nature Appreciation. This takes place the last Wednesday of each month.

To find more information about these walks visit the Stansted Mountfitchet U3A website or email

Membership is required to attend.

Uttlesford Ramblers

The Uttlesford Ramblers group usually walks twice a week. The Saturday walks are approximately 10 miles and the mid-week morning walks are approximately 5 miles.

Most walks are in the surrounding countryside of North West Essex and East Herts, but some can be further afield. The walks are a moderate pace (approximately 2.5miles an hour).
Walking weekends away (Friday-Sunday) are also arranged twice a year, in the spring and autumn.

To find out more, or to see the upcoming walks, visit the Uttlesford Ramblers website.

Membership is required to attend.

Saffron Walden U3A

Saffron Walden U3A run two ramblers groups:

Ramblers group 1

This group meet on alternate Thursday mornings every fortnight at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre car park at 09:45am to depart at 10:00am.

Ramblers group 2

This group meet on alternate Thursday mornings, alternating with Ramblers group 1 every fortnight, at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre car park at 9:45am to depart at 10:00am.

Both walks are between 3 and 6 miles.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Saffron Walden U3A website.

Membership is required to attend.

Dunmow U3A Walks

The Dunmow walks are on Mondays at 9:30am and are approximately 4 to 7 miles.

The walks are weekly through the summer months but fortnightly through the winter months.

The location and time of the walk can change, so please check the Dunmow U3A website for more information.

Membership is required to attend.

Ashdon Walking Group

The group meets at the Baptist car park in Ashdon, to walk the village footpaths every Monday at 9:30am, except bank holidays. The walk is a leisurely stroll and is approximately 1.5 miles.

This walk is free.

Newport Walking Group

The Newport walks start from 1st April until 30th September weekly, with the walk leaving at 6pm on Tuesday evenings from the Newport Surgery on Frambury Lane.

The walks are usually on tracks, grass or unsealed roads and are up to 3 miles long. There is free parking at the Newport surgery. The group is made up of friendly individuals of all ages.

This walk is free.

Uttlesford health walks

We support a number of free health walks, taking place all over the district throughout the week.

Find more details and the times for our health walks in Uttlesford.

These walks are free.

The Rodings and Surrounding Area U3A Walks

The walks are led by different U3A members, who take the group through an area of countryside they know well, therefore giving an interesting variety of routes. They walk once a month, for 4 or 5 miles at a moderate pace, with the usual starting time of 10:30am. These are walks which end at a pub, where the walkers can enjoy some food and drink together.

The programme is published in the monthly newsletter, and information about forthcoming dates is sent out by email.

If you would like to find out more, visit The Rodings and Surrounding Area U3A website.

Membership is required to attend.

Men's Walks - St Mary's Church Saffron Walden

Around six times a year the group gathers together at 10am on a Saturday below the tower of St. Mary's Church Saffron Walden.

The walks are around six miles in the countryside and they finish with a pub lunch. Those who can't make the walk often meet at the pub for lunch.

The walk involves some hills, muddy uneven terrain and fields with animals as well as stiles to climb over and overhanging vegetation to pass under.

If you haven't joined before then please do come along, or if you are a regular then invite a friend.

To find out more please visit the St Mary's Church website.

This walk is free.

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking UK offers a range of walks throughout the country, but a local area can be searched for on the website. For instance 'Saffron Walden' or 'Uttlesford'.

They offer Adventure walks with green, amber or red ratings for the length of the walk:

  • Green lasts 1 hour
  • Amber lasts 2 hours
  • Red lasts 1-3 hours

There are also Wellbeing walks. These are especially suited for new walkers, wanting to improve fitness levels. This walk is also great for walkers returning to fitness following injury or illness.

In addition, there is a Workout walk. This is for individuals who want to improve fitness levels.

There is an Ultimate Nordic Class, which is a Boot camp on the go. This is a circuit based class based on expedition training.

If you would like to find out more, please visit the Nordic Walking UK website.

This walk has a cost.

Farnham Nordic Walking Group

This sociable and welcoming group meets every Wednesday at 9:30am in Farnham, near Stansted Mountfitchet. Please bare in mind the location of the walk can change. The leader chooses walks of varying lengths around
the county and emails or texts the meeting places.

Distances vary between 5-6 miles.

If you are interested in joining this group or finding out more, please email: or or call 01279 771071.

This walk has a cost.

Farnham Walking Group

This group meets in Farnham on alternate Tuesdays. These are shorter walks at a leisurely pace.

If you would like to join, please call 01279 771071 or 01279 771313

This walk is free.

The Hundred Parishes walks

There is no better way to explore this lovely and interesting area than by foot. The Hundred Parish Society is pleased to offer a series of walking routes from and to railway stations.

If you would like to find out more about these local walking routes visit the Hundred Parishes website.

This walk is free.

The Long Distance Walking Association

The Long Distance Walking Association organises many challenges and local group walks, as well as listing many more organised by other organisations. Challenge events are normally between 20 and 100 miles
and are generally completed within a defined time limit. Group walks are normally led walks of around 20 miles.

Please visit The Long Distance Walking Association website to find walks in your area.

Membership is required to attend.

Uttlesford Wildlife walks

Uttlesford Wildlife has a number of suggested walks, which are designed for the part of the year when wildlife is most active,  roughly between late March and October.

These suggested walks can be downloaded from the Uttlesford Wildlife website.

This guide has been compiled  by the Uttlesford Livewell team.  It is part of the Livewell campaign for Essex. You can find out more on the Livewell website for Essex.

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