Chalkney Wood

Visitor information

Discover this ancient woodland located west of Colchester

Chalkney Wood is an attractive example of ancient woodland that is currently transitioning to a site of native tree species.

Visitors are welcome to explore the woodland on foot. 

At a glance

  • Walking trails 

Things to do

Join certified forest therapy practitioner and forest bathing guide, Gina from Adaptable By Design for this nature-immersive wellness experience in Chalkney Wood.

Dates for 2023

23 June, 28 July, 25 August.

What to expect

Forest bathing is a slow, gentle, sensory-immersive walk where you soak up the atmosphere of the natural environment. It is like no walk you’ve ever experienced!

Participants are guided to move gently and consciously through a series of nature-immersive moments to deeply engage the senses. These moments allow for a smooth transition to enhanced physical, emotional and mental states and improved personal and social wellbeing.

Gina is a highly experienced forest bathing guide. Her engaging and dynamic approach promotes the five stages of health: physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental through a carefully crafted yet flexible series of nature connection activities in all types of green and blue space.

Walks are suitable for any age group (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

What people are saying about forest bathing with Gina

"Gina made a calm and safe environment which made me look at nature in a way I hadn't before. It allowed my mind to release stress that had build up. I 100% recommend this!"

"With Gina's guidance I felt like a door had been opened into a calm place that I had subconsciously been missing for a long time."

"Gina instantly made me feel safe at ease. If you are someone who needs to think less and feel more I highly recommend forest bathing with Gina and Adaptable By Design."

"What an amazing experience! I lost track of time and left with an amazing sense of serenity and calm. I would highly recommend this experience!"

Walking in the forest is the perfect way to get outdoors and explore some of the area's most natural landscapes.

Visitors are welcome to explore Chalkney Wood on foot.


Nearby forests

Conifer tree top from below

Broaks Wood is home to a unique variety of tree species and includes a spectacular example of a Giant Redwood Grove, the world's tallest growing tree species!

Dog walking in autumn among leaves

Located on the northern edge of the Lark Valley, West Stow Wood is a diverse woodland with belts of old pine and oak as well as newly planted and mature conifers.

Dale pond supports a variety of wildlife in the area, made special by its incredible diversity of dragonflies. It's also a summer watering hole for many birds!

Orange sunset over distant London skyscrapers with dark trees in the foreground

From the top of Tylers grassland hilltop you can see right across Docklands to the City of London, with its distinctive ‘Gherkin’ and on into the West End. It's a real one-of-a-kind view! A lovely outdoor spot away from the city. 

Large broadleaf tree in a field of long grass on cloudy day

Conveniently situated within Greater London, stroll around the surfaced paths and make the most of the cycle paths and bridleways. Stretches of the woodland rise to 150 foot where a sculpted wooden seat offers you a unique view west, across London. Keep walking along this trail through Ivy Lodge Lane and you can safely cross over to Pages Wood, for more walking and cycling opportunities.

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