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Walk for Life 2024

12 May

We are excited to announce that our much-loved Walk for Life is back on Sunday 12 May!

Book a place

Book your place

You are invited to lace up your walking boots and with every step you'll be helping your local hospice to provide care, free of charge, to people affected by life-limiting illnesses or bereavement in mid Essex.

Last year our amazing supporters raised over £43,000!

This family-friendly event is suitable for keen walkers of all ages and abilities and your doggy friends are also welcome! Each child will receive a wildlife card to be completed along the route. Everyone taking part will receive a t-shirt at the beginning of the event to wear on the day and a medal at the finish line.

Choose between two scenic canalside routes taking in the peaceful towpaths of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation:

  • 12km ramble from Paper Mill Lock
  • 24km more demanding walk from Heybridge Basin

Registration closes on 9 May 2024 after which prices are £25 for adults and £10 for under 16s to be paid on the day.

Please note that we offer a carer/support worker ticket option but this event is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Download our info pack here

Park and ride

As the two routes are not circular, we offer a one way dedicated park and ride service at a cost of £2 per person from Chelmsford (Teledyne e2v) to take you to the start point for the beginning of your walk. We strongly recommend you use this service as limited parking is available at the start points. Dogs may be taken free of charge on some coaches, so please indicate on your booking if you are bringing your four-legged friend(s).


At Heybridge there is limited parking at Daisy Meadow - parking charges apply via the Ringgo app or pay by card or contactless.

At Paper Mill Lock - There is very limited parking available locally. We encourage you to use our park and ride service.

Start your sponsorship

Walk for Life is a fundraising event and we rely on all our participants to raise as much money as possible to help Farleigh Hospice continue to care for people with life limiting illnesses and their families. You can download a sponsorship form, or sign up for your very own JustGiving page.

Sharing a photo of yourself on the walk with your JustGiving Link is a great way to get support on social media. Use the hashtag #FarleighWalkForLife so we can like and share your pictures.

Remember, you can continue to raise sponsorship after the event!

Download our A to Z of fundraising ideas here

Events details
Date: Sunday 12 May 2024
Sign in times at Teledyne E2V with pre-booked coach ticket: Heybridge 24km, sign in 8:00am - 9:00am, coaches depart 8:30am - 9:15am, Paper Mill Lock 12km, sign in 9:00am - 10:00am, coaches depart 9:30am - 10:15am
Sign in at Heybridge Basin if making your own way there: Sign in between 8:15am and 10:30am, walk starts 8:30am to 10:30am
Sign in at Paper Mill Lock if making your own way there: Sign in between 9:15am and 11:30am, walk starts 9:30am to 11:30am
Navigation to the start: 24km starts from Heybridge Basin, Daisy Meadow car park (use what3words and 12km starts from Paper Mill Lock (use what3words
Price: Adults £20 adults, £5 U16s. On the day £25 adults, £10 U16s. Payment by credit card, debit card, (except American Express). Dogs go free.
Advance ticket booking: Closes on 9 May, after which on the day prices apply
Suitable for: Keen walkers of all ages, dogs are also welcome. Not suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Please see our events page for other accessible events.
Distance: 12km or 24km
Parking and transport: Park and ride from Teledyne e2v, 106 Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 2QU. Tickets must be booked in advance. There is limited parking available at the Heybridge start point and parking charges apply. There is very limited parking at Paper Mill Lock.
Media: We will be recording video and taking photos at this event.
For more info: Call 01245 457411 or email

Want to help?

We always need volunteers to help us on the day of the walk. If you would like to volunteer please contact our Fundraising Team on 01245 457411 or email

Watch our 2023 video