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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Great Dunmow Town Trail

The Doctors Pond

An 3 mile circular walk around the small Essex town of Great Dunmow

With plenty of historic buildings, a fine 13th century church, some great pubs and a fantastic Indian Restaurant this provides any visitor a taste of this ancient town. The walk is simple and easy and one cannot visit Dunmow without discovering the interesting history of the Dunmow Fitch which is the main feature to this walk.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Flatford Mill Circular Walk

View of Constables Haywain

An 11 mile Walk along the River Stour incorporating sections of the Stour Valley Path, the Essex Way and St Edmund's Way

Flatford Mill is the idyllic English country scene encapsulated by John Constables renowned paintings including the instantly recognizable 'Haywain'. This circular route is an exceptional walk by all accounts and the perfect way to engross oneself in this landscape that sits on the Suffolk and Essex border.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Icknield Way - Fowlmere to Linton

A 16 mile walk along the Icknield Way between Fowlmere and Hinton

The path keeps to the ridge along the hills, though the land now flattens out as it heads eastwards. There are picturesque villages and hamlets as the route winds its way through some traditional old English countryside.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Manningtree to Maldon


The Essex Coastline is arguably the longest of any British county when you take into account all the estuaries that need to be navigated. The total distance can be in excess of 300 miles and encompasses seaside towns, wild and remote marshes and pleasant country paths. There is currently no official footpath around the Essex Coast although there is currently negotiation taking place for the instating of the England Coast Path through the county. This guide provides a coastal route that can presently be used. With the assistance of Peter Catons book 'Essex Coast Walk' and the appropriate OS maps, one can make up a route of ones choice and this is a fine way to explore this part of the British coastline. Our path started along the Essex Way and then used recognised public footpaths and sea defences where possible. When all else failed we had to resort to road, but thankfully there was not too much road walking.

Monday, 20 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Tollesbury to Maldon

The seventh and last stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. Due to the limited buses between Tollesbury and Maldon we took the decision to walk this in reverse as we did not want to miss the last bus back to Tollesbury from Maldon at 4:30. Doing this would then give us more time to take in the sights along the Blackwater estuary. Although this was the last section on this occasion we hope to be back to continue from Maldon and onto Purfleet.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Salcott to Tollesbury

The sixth stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. Tollesbury was not an easy location to get to using public transport, therefore we drove down to the village and made two circular walks in a figure of 8, firstly up to Salcott and back, then around Tollesbury Wick marshes. Here we at last saw the sea, the first glimpse since Brightlingsea, with Mersea Island just across the estuary.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Wivenhoe to Salcott

The fifth stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. This stage touched the outskirts of Colchester at Hythe where the first bridge across the Colne is located. Then it was a case of following the river back down to Rowhedge. This part involved a lot of road walking as there is a military range along the banks of the Colne and the next time we would see the coast would not be until Tollesbury.

Friday, 17 September 2010

The Essex Coast - St Osyth to Wivenhoe

The fourth stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. All weekend the weather forecasters were issuing weather warnings of torrential rain for the Tuesday that we were due to walk this section. As it happened, the rain came down in the night and the walk up the Colne Estuary turned out to be a sunny day and a well worth part of the walk. Even though this was the longest section that entailed some road walking and a couple of errors in navigating it was probably the most rewarding of the weeks walks.   

Thursday, 16 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Walton-on-the-Naze to St Osyth

The promenade at Walton-on-the-Naze

The third stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. Although this part of the walk is through some built up areas, the promenade that runs most of the way from Walton through to Jaywick is a very pleasant afternoons stroll. This was done on the Saturday afternoon when there was crowds still making the most of the sea, sun and sand before September ushered in autumn.  

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Great Oakley to Walton-on-the-Naze

Stormy seas at Walton-on-the-Naze

The second stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. This would take us along the edge of the marshes in front of Horsey Island and the Naze. You don't really see the sea here and it is much like walking the North Norfolk marshes, following the sea defences which at times makes you feel as if you are not making much progress as they meander through the marsh. Having said this, there is plenty to sea, wrecked boats, Skipper Island, Horsey Island, precarious makeshift bridges out onto the marshes and of course the wildlife and fauna.

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Essex Coast - Manningtree to Great Oakley

The Stour Estuary from the Essex Way

The first stage of a weeks walking along the Essex Coast between Manningtree and Maldon. This first stage followed The Essex Way which pretty much follows the Stour estuary and would be the most convenient way to negotiate this section of coastal estuary. Although the footpath does not hug the coast throughout its route, it gives some good views of the estuary as well as pleasant woodland and field walking. It is well marked and well trod.

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