Nature walks boost Healthy Walks programme

3 September 2019

Residents of all ages can benefit from two new healthy walks held in the borough’s nature reserves.

From Wednesday 4 September and Thursday 5 September, adults and children can take part in the newly-launched walks at RSPB Rainham Marshes and Essex Wildlife Trust's Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. Both 1-hour sessions are run by Thurrock Council's free Healthy Walks programme, which aims to bring the community together to promote the benefits of walking and support residents in leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

The scheme now hosts 7 free Healthy Walks sessions:

  • Monday at 2.30pm – buggy walk at Purfleet Children's Centre
  • Wednesday at 9:15am – buggy walk at Tilbury Children's Centre
  • Wednesday at 1:30pm – walk at RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet
  • Wednesday at 1:30pm – buggy walk at Purfleet Children's Centre
  • Thursday at 10am – walk at Impulse Leisure, Grays
  • Thursday at 10:30am – walk at Essex Wildlife Trust's Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Mucking
  • Friday at 1:30pm – walk at Davy Down Riverside Park, South Ockendon

Walkers are asked to bring water, wear clothing appropriate and weather and and have suitable footwear.

Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for education and health, said: "I'm delighted that we’ve added two extra walks to our Healthy Walks programme, which enables residents to enjoy a healthy lifestyle in the great outdoors and explore what Thurrock has to offer in the local area.

"These Healthy Walks are not possible without the help of our volunteer Healthy Walks Leaders. If you have a shared love of walking and meeting new people, and feel confident leading walks in and around Thurrock in a safe and responsible way, we’d like to hear from you."

For more information on the Healthy Walks programme, email: To find out more about becoming a Healthy Walks Leader and make an application, go to