What are our walks like?

Most of our regular walks take place in Essex and surrounding counties, predominantly to the South and West of the county. Essex is largely a flat county so the walking is fairly easy! However, some walks are fairly long, and if we venture into Kent or Suffolk, there may be a few hills to contend with. So if you’re new to walking you may want to start with a Shorter walk on Saturday or Thursday. Each of the walks are graded and this is shown on the programme. If in any doubt about a particular walk, please contact us via the link on this website

What should I wear?

You must come properly equipped. Boots or walking shoes are recommended as the ground can be rough or muddy, even in summer. You’ll also need waterproof clothing, unless there is no chance of rain.

What about lunch?

On full day walks we stop for a lunch at a Pub, but there are always places to eat a packed lunch if you don’t want a meal or pub grub. Many of our walkers do this and come into the pub for a drink afterwards. On half day walks we usually finish about 12:30 to 1:00pm, and there is usually a pub within striking distance if people want to stay for lunch. In addition it’s essential to bring a drink and a snack on all walks.

Can I just turn up?

You can just turn up to a walk. There’s no need to contact the walk leader in advance, unless you need further information. Try to arrive at the meeting point at least five minutes before the advertised start time.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed on Brentwood Ramblers Walks, except for Registered Guide Dogs.

What are the benefits of joining?

By joining the group, you will automatically receive updates on what is going on within the group, details of any programme changes or last minute notices. You will also be able to join into any other Rambler Group’s walks if you are interested. In addition, the membership goes to supporting the Ramblers in the work it does to ensure the countryside is kept open. The Ramblers spends a lot of its time making sure that long distance footpaths are recognised and open access is granted to our countryside. It is the main organisation dedicated to maintaining access to the countryside for us and future generations. Details of the work Ramblers head office does on our behalf can be found on the Main Ramblers Website.

An additional benefit is that some outdoor shops and other organisations give discounts to Ramblers members.

Can I help with organising?

The group is run entirely by volunteers, so we’re always keen to hear from people who would like to help out! In particular, we need people to lead walks & this isn’t difficult if you’re at all used to walking and can read an OS Map.  If you’re interested in helping please contact the appropriate committee member. For insurance reasons, all walk leaders must be members of the Ramblers.