Smiling older people on a walk

This circular route follows even paths through the beautiful wooded Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve, offering pretty blankets of bluebells in the spring. The walk breaks halfway at the Fishing Lodge for refreshments before heading back to the visitors centre. 

There are some inclines and uneven ground, and it may be muddy, making this route unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Toilets are available at The Fishing Lodge and Visitor Centre. 

Walk day and time

This walk runs the third Sunday of each month at 1.30pm, on the following dates:

  • Sunday 21 July
  • Sunday 18 August
  • Sunday 15 September


  • £2 donation to the Essex Wildlife Trust for use of their facilities.

How to register

If you have already registered or signed up for our walks, please just arrive in time for the start.

Otherwise, you can sign up and register for our Wellbeing Walks online now.

Essential information

  • Make sure you wear comfortable, sensible shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. Please make sure you bring sun lotion and water in the summer. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow any dogs other than assistance animals. 

Walk address and meeting point

This walk meets at the Hanningfield Visitor Centre car park, Hawkswood Road, CM11 1WT.

How to get there

By bus

Buses don't run to this area on Sundays.


Cycle in by road; bike parking is available by the Visitor Centre as bikes aren't permitted in the reserve. 

By car

Free parking (including accessible spaces) available at the Visitor Centre car park.

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