Ramblers are invited to grab their walking boots and take part in a trek through a popular beauty spot.

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is hosting the second year of its Rural Ramble in the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge.

Hundreds of people turned out to last year’s inaugural event which helped raised more than £5,000 for the charity.

This year’s event will give participants the chance to take on one of three walks, with distances of one, four or ten miles.

The charity’s fundraising coordinator, Suzanne Watson, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the amount of participants that joined us at our very first Rural Ramble.

“It was great to see families, groups of friends, children and dogs enjoying the walk and the stunning gardens.

“This year we already have lots of people signed up and looking forward to a great day out – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for sunny skies and warm spring weather.

“Places are limited and must be pre-booked.”

Situated a few minutes outside the historic market town of Great Dunmow, the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge are entirely maintained by hard-working volunteers.

They include a walled kitchen garden dating back to the 18th century, a wild flower area for the bees, formal gardens and beautiful carpets and expansive colourful displays of flowers in spring and summer.

Trustee Claire Matthews, a trustee of the trust which manages the gardens, said:“We are delighted that the gardens are to be the focal point of the Helen Rollason Rural Ramble again.

“We hope that this event will encourage even more people to come to find out more about these fascinating gardens.

“Their history spans from the mid-1590s, through the Edwardian era and Second World War, right up to the current time, when important and exciting renovation is taking place.”

Dogs are welcome to join walkers during the fundraising day, which takes place on Saturday, April 13.

To book a place, contact 01245 380719 or visit helenrollason.org.uk.