Chelmsford 100 – Walking
100 miles of circular walks
Chelmsford 100 Festival – 100 Silks for Chelmsford
Chelmsford 100 is a truly mobile art installation. It is not meant to be static, stagnant, or packaged away.
Over the summer and autumn of 2022, the flags were carried by volunteers over 100 miles of newly-mapped walking routes which criss-crossed the entire Chelmsford district. They took in towns, villages, green spaces, waterways, and landmarks with each walk highlighting a specific flag and story.
The purpose of the walks was to reveal and publicise accessible routes, encourage people to get moving, raise awareness of the importance of caring for our green spaces, and most of all, to get people talking.
More stories surfaced as we walked and talked, and more people joined us on walks as we went. It was fascinating, and often emotional, to be able to hold up a flag at the site that inspired it and hear its story firsthand from its artist.
Alongside the 100 miles were a series of installations, where all 100 flags were planted in the ground and left to flutter in the breeze so that people could wander through them and admire the collection in full. Such installations were held at Hylands House, RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford Museum, The Wilderness Foundation, and Writtle University College.
The walks, installations, and events will continue to grow and expand, ensuring that Chelmsford 100 becomes a kinetic part of Chelmsford’s cultural heritage, and firmly embedded in our beautiful local landscapes.
Come and see the Flags!
January to April 2023 – Essex Railway Stations
The Community Rail Network is featuring large scale photographs of the flags, participants, and installations a series of railway stations in Essex.
So far you can view these at Chelmsford, Althorne, South Woodham Ferrers, Burnham on Crouch, Southminster, Braintree, Braintree Freeport, and Chelmsford.
January to March 2023 – High Chelmer Shopping Centre
All 100 flags will be suspended from the ceiling of High Chelmer Shopping Centre in central Chelmsford.
25 March to 4 June 2023 – Chelmsford Museum
A special exhibition telling the full story of Chelmsford 100, will be held in Chelmsford Museum, from 25 March to 4 June 2023.
2nd July 2023 – Chelmsford Carnival
All 100 flags will be carried by volunteers in Chelmsford Carnival
100 Miles for Chelmsford – Walk with Us?
Please do join us on a series of circular walks that will take us from one part of Chelmsford to another, encompassing many of the areas that our flag designers used for inspiration.
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Chelmsford 100 Walking Festival
Our first 100 miles are now complete. However, please sign up to our mailing list, or keep checking back on this page to learn about future walks.
2022 Walks – COMPLETED:
New Date to be Confirmed – Danbury Common and Lakes circular walk
New Date to be Confirmed – Downham and Ramsden Heath circular walk
Thursday 7 July – Channels Estate and Little Waltham circular walk
Saturday 9 July – Chelmer and River circular walk
Thursday 14 July – Chelmsford to Writtle then Writtle back to Chelmsford
Saturday 16 July – Writtle College Flag Installation and walk around campus
Thursday 21 July – Sandford Mill to Papermill Lock
Thursday 28 July – Papermill Lock and Blakes Wood circular walk
Saturday 30 July – A circular walk taking in the Priory in Bicknacre
Thursday 4 August – Boreham to Papermill Lock Loop
Saturday 6 August – South Woodham Ferrers marsh
Thursday 11 August – Hanningfield Leisure Park circular
Saturday 13 August – Chatham Green
Thursday 18 August – A walk around the beautiful gardens and walkways of Broomfield Hospital
Saturday 20 August – Writtle to Hylands
Thursday 25 August – Hylands Estate Flag Installation and walk
Saturday 27 August – Terling circular walk
Thursday 1 September – RHS Hyde Hall Flag Installation and circular walk
Saturday 3 September – Galleywood circular walk
Thursday 8 September – South Woodham Ferrers circular walk
Saturday 10 September – Chelmsford CVS to Chelmsford Museum walk then flag Installation