Renewal:In Your Garden or Street, a suggested walk route from Ockenden to Little Belhus Country Park
Sat 26 September 2020
Read our COVID-19 UPDATE HERE
Booking for this walk is now closed but you can follow the route to do the walk on your own.
Today, the mandala theme is Renewal, turning landfill into a community park, where insects and wildlife can thrive again.
We invite you to make a mandala to create a natural habitat in your own garden.
Download your free Mandala Activity Pack here for inspiration.
Click the Renewal Gallery to see mandalas made by the T100 community in preparation for this theme.
At Little Belhus Country Park we’ve been inspired by the work of Rural Arisings and the Grass Roof Company and we’ve been designing a permanent mandala that would become a new insect habitat; using recycled brick, concrete and cement. Little Belhus Country Park is a wonderful story of renewal; a capped landfill site that is being transformed into a country park.
A suggested walk route is below if you’d like to follow it yourself in your own time. The route follows a gentle walk around the north east part of South Ockendon and you’ll see a variety of buildings, from modern day to the church which was built over 800 years ago and pass through a variety of landscapes – from modern housing estate to farmland. You may be surprised when you take a closer look at a place many people drive straight though!
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Suggested schedule for self-directed walks.
- 10:00: Suggested meeting point: Ockendon station, South Ockendon RM15 6PD
- 10:15: Walk starts
- 11:45: Arrive at Little Belhus Country Park, South Ockendon RM15 5TT
- Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Distance: approx 3 miles
- Grading: easy
- Terrain: Flat – Very flat route (there are no steps) mixture of paved and unpaved paths. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
- Only public toilets are at the station
Thank you to the Walk Leaders who plotted the route and collected this information: Lesley Robinson and Stephen Green
Nearest train station at the start and end: C2C Ockendon
Start: Canterbury Parade Car Park, South Ockendon RM15 6NW . Monday to Friday-£2.10 for over 2 hours (free for blue badge holders). Saturday and Sunday free. There is also more expensive car parking at the station. Prices correct as of Sept 2020.
End: Free parking at Little Belhus Country Park, RM15 5TT
If your car is in the Canterbury Parade car park you could drive to Little Belhus but it is only a 10 minute walk away and the parking there is limited.
This walk route isn’t accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, however Little Belhus Country Park is accessible and could be visited separately.
Terrain: Flat – mixture of paved and unpaved paths.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; especially if walking in a self-directed manner. If walking with us, our walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes, especially unsupervised. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thurrock 100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.
What to take
Be prepared! Face masks are advisable if you wish to use public toilets and essential if you wish to use local shops or are travelling via public transport.
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.
Read our COVID-19 UPDATE HERE
In addition to the Covid-19 Walk Guidelines which everyone must agree to follow, a description of the measures in place to make the festival Covid-safe can be found here.
We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you attend an event and do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.
Download the flyer here: T100 2020 Festival Flyer
Thurrock 100 would like to extend a huge thank you to its funders and delivery partners.