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Walk 5: Finding Courage

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Finding Courage

Walk 5: Finding Courage

Join us for the fifth walk in the Walking Through Emotions Programme. This is an urban walk, as we explore some of the history of the city of Colchester and talk about some of the stories of people finding their strength in the face of extraordinary odds. Learn about some of the ways we can step back from the present and root ourselves in the longer flows of history, seeing how it has shaped the world around us.

Footwear and clothing recommendation

Wear shoes you’re comfortable walking in with a decent grip. Depending on the weather there may be some slightly wet and/or muddy sections, so don’t wear anything you want to keep spotless. Bring a jacket and/or umbrella in case of rain.

There will be others using the trail while we’re there, including dogs that might be off-lead.

Getting there

It is easily accessed by road from Colchester

And by bus.


Refreshments available in town if you prefer but we’ll bring some tea and cake with us too.
Car parking available at Grey Friars and Castle Road car parks, and public transport is available as we start in town
Regular breaks during the walk

Book your tickets now and join us on this walk through our emotions, finding courage through history and mindfulness.

Questions & Answers

The walk itself will last for approximately 2 hours. We will enjoy some tea and cake after we walk, which will require a little long if you would like to stay for the refreshments.

We will walk approximately 4-5 miles, this is at an average pace, however we will ensure the pace is ok for those who walk quickly and those who walk slowly, allowing time for our mindfulness and taking hisstory and urban sights in.  No one will feel rushed.

The terrain is gentle and easy, making this walk suited to most everyone. We will also have two walk leaders, one at the front and one at the back, ensuring we can support everyone at all paces.   If you do have nay health conditions that you are concerned about, please consult your doctor before coming on the walk. Please also let us know in advance.

Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate walking shoes. It is also a good idea to bring a water bottle with you.

Walk 5: Finding Courage
Date: Sunday 9th June
Time: 10 am finishing at approximately 12 pm
Distance: Approximately 4-5 miles
Type: Circular (finishing back where we began)
Terrain: Easy, all on pavement and tarmac pathways, may be wet in rain.

Meeting point:Near the War Memorial, Cowdray Circle, end of the High Street, near the Castle.

Walk Leader: Nick Barlow

  • Mindful Moments: Pause at designated spots for guided mindfulness practice, where you’ll learn techniques to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.
  • Reflective Pause: Take a moment to reflect on the transformative power of nature and the positive impact it can have on your well-being.

Walking Through Emotions

Walking Through Emotions is a 6-month progressive walking programme, designed to help participants explore weekly walking as part of a life-changing, self-care programme, supporting them with their emotional self-care.

During the six months, they will chart their progress and feel the benefits of learning to identify their emotions, learning presence, self-compassion and mindfulness to support their own wellbeing. They will also gain social connection, confidence and resilience as work towards completing a long 3 day walking holiday. Participants will receive a Programme map and gain stamps and they participate and achieve walking and self-care milestones.

Aims of the programme

  1. To reduce feelings of isolation, loneliness and shame, helping people feel included, making social connections and forming friendships over the 6 month programme. 
  2. Exploring the use of regular walking as part of life-changing self-care recovery programme, learning presence, self-compassion and mindfulness as a way of taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. 
  3. To give a group the skills, confidence and capability to embark on a long walk together at the end of the programme – celebrating their progress along the way towards an incredible milestone.

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June 9
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Colchester War Memorial
Colchester, CO1 1TJ + Google Map