Morning walk around Edwardstone
Meet Edwardstone White Horse (grid ref TL 951 429, postcode CO10 5PX) and order lunch before walk. A circular taking in a church or two, considering centuries old emigration and avoiding arguments at Parliament Heath.
Figure of 8 walk around Butley
Meet at The Oyster Inn, Woodbridge Road, Butley (grid ref TM 368 509, postcode IP12 3NZ) for a figure of 8 walk. The pub has its own brewery, shop and cinema! Order lunch in pub prior to walk. Morning walk a chance to see Quincunxes, an SSSI Crag pit, an Augustinian Priory and Butley Abbey (remains only!), a thatched church, views of Orford Castle Keep and Butley Creek.
After lunch Shepherds Cottage Lakes, Staverton Park (a medieval deer park), largest area of pollarded oaks in Europe and Staverton Thicks containing the tallest holly trees in UK. The A1152 is still closed at the A12 Junction. Please take the signed route for light vehicles through Woodbridge.
Easy walk around Arger Fen
Hullbeck Regeneration 64. Meet Bures’ Arger Fen lay-by between Wormingford and Assington (grid ref TL 930 353, post code CO8 5BN), for woodland and boardwalk saunter, one field away from St. Edmund Way trail. Optional social breakfast at Assington. Cars. Explorer 196 needed.
As Derek is unable to lead this walk this is now a self lead walk, map and route available from Derek.
Figure of 8 walk around Aldham
Meet at Mill Race Nurseries New Road Aldham (grid ref TL 917 267, post code C06 3QT) for a figure of eight walk. Morning out to West Bergholt and Fordham, afternoon out towards Chappel. Please park in car park immediately on left after turning into entrance and note cafe not able to take bookings on the day. Packed lunch advisable but tea,coffee and cakes available or pre-book at local pubs yourself.
Morning walk around West Bergholt
Meet at the Cricketers, Fordham Heath (grid ref TL 945 262, postcode CO3 9TG) for a walk in the West Bergholt area via Hill House Wood, where the bluebells may be out. Order lunch at start.
Figure of 8 walk around East Bergholt
Meet Royal Oak, East End, East Bergholt (grid ref TM 099 351, postcode CO7 6XA), free parking, but participants MUST notify leader by Monday before if a roast meal or just snacks are required; landlord ONLY cooks if ordered in time. Figure of eight walk, am to Brantham & Decoy Pond, pm north to the woods
Easy Walk around Thorrington and Arlesford
Memorial Stone 143. Assemble Thorrington B1029 Gatehouse bus stop (grid ref TM 081 191, post code CO7 0RZ). Slow Saunter via Alresford Creekside to Pointer bus stop. Part West Tendring Marathon trail. Explorer 184 relates. Bus 62 departs High St Gd 09.56.
As Derek is unable to lead this walk this is now a self lead walk, map and route available from Derek
Evening walk around Arlesford
Meet at Village Hall Ford Lane Alresford (grid ref TM 068 213, post code C07 8AT) for an evening walk around Alresford and views of the Colne.
Morning walk around South Colchester
Meet at Cherry Tree pub on Mersea Road (grid ref TM 005 216, postcode CO2 0AW), for a pretty fields and woodland walk Order food before start of walk.
Circular walk on Shotley Peninsular
Circular walk on Shotley Peninsular. Meet in front of Bristol Arms (grid ref TM 246 335, post code IP9 1PU) on Shotley sea front. Plenty of free public parking on front or road leading to front. Morning lovely scenic walk along river Orwell, to Chelmondiston for lunch at Red Lion. Order food on arrival at Pub. Afternoon south to river Stour to return to Shotley.
Easy walk to Tiptree
Ransome Sole 27. Meet Messing Corner B1022 bus stop (grid ref TL 905 182, post code CO5 9UD). Slow saunter to Tiptree Centre Part of Mucking Ugley Messing Settlement Ways trail. Maldon Bus 75 departs Ad stance in Osborne St 10.00. Exlorer 184, with a slither of 183 shows most.
Evening walk around Wivenhoe
Meet Wivenhoe High Street Car park, Wivenhoe, (grid ref TM 038 216, post code C07 9AZ) for an evening walk around Wivenhoe Woods and beyond.
Circular walk to Manningtree
Meet at Lawford Church car park Church Hill Lawford (grid ref TM 088 315, post code CO11 2JX) (50p for a church donation.) for a circular walk. The walk will be via Flatford, Manningtree and Mistley with a stop along Manningtree river front for a picnic lunch. There will be time for a quick drink in a Manningtree pub or cafe.
Morning walk to Coggeshall
Meet at “The Halfway” (Restaurant & Bar), Coggeshall Road, Kelvedon (grid ref TL 855 208, postcode CO5 9PL). Walk into Coggeshall, via Coggeshall Abbey, and down to the River Blackwater. Return via the boundary mound for the new Incinerator! Orders for lunch taken at the start of the walk.
Circular walk to Heybridge Basin
Meet Langford Lock fisherman's CP (grid ref TL 840 084, postcode CM9 4SS). Take the B1018/ B1019 from Maldon, going past Langford Church on the R, then turn immediately L before the Museum of Power along a narrow lane to the CP at about 600 metres. Circular walk, morning along the Chelmer to Heybridge then through the "Essex Lakeland" to lunch at Heybridge Basin. Afternoon back along the Blackwater Estuary and on to Maldon and Beeleigh Abbey & Falls. Choice of pubs and a tearoom.
Easy Walk to Gt. Oakley
Ridge of Oakley 117. Assemble B1414 bus stop near Cherry Tree (grid ref TM 217 291, post code CO12 8JG), in Little Oakley. Slow Saunter to Gt Oakley Sq. Part of Abounding An Essex Edge trail. Bus 104 departs Stanwell Street Back 13.50. Return 104. Explorer 184.
Evening walk around West Mersea
Meet West Mersea Car Park behind the library (grid ref TM 009 126, post code CO5 8QB) (free after 6pm at time of writing).
Figure of 8 walk around Frinton On Sea
Meet in Frinton-On-Sea, (grid ref TM 238 194, post code CO13 9DN), on the Esplanade near public lavatories for a figure of 8 walk, morning walk towards Holland, afternoon towards Walton on the Naze. Choice of lunch venues in Frinton-On-Sea.
Morning walk around Manningtree
Meet in Manningtree at “The Walls” on the B1352 where parking can be found alongside the river Stour (grid ref TM 112 319, nearest post code CO11 1AT) for a circular walk through Lawford onto St. Edmund Way and returning along the river. Lunch in Manningtree with a choice of pubs and cafes.
Figure of 8 walk around Fuller Street
Meet at the Square & Compasses Fuller Street (grid ref TL 747 160, postcode CM3 2BB) from 9:30 to order food. Morning walk via Terling and Fairstead. Afternoon walk in the opposite direction North of Fuller Street.
Evening walk towards Birch
Meet at Costcutters, Homefield Rd (grid ref TL 983 224, post code C02 9PF) for a walk across Gosbecks and out towards Birch, walking through woodland and the Roman River Valley area. Drinks available at my house afterwards or Leather Bottle and Berechurch Arms nearby.
Easy walk around Boxted
Walnut Ingrain 161. Meet Boxted’s Church Lane carpark near Church (grid ref TL 997 332, post code CO4 5TG) Saunter loop by some water. Retire to optional social breakfast. Explorer 196 best. Cars.
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Circular walk to Little Totham
Meet public car park, centre of Tiptree, next to Barclays bank, (grid ref TL 897 160, post code CO5 0ST) for a circular walk to Little Totham. Lunch stop at The Swan where bar snacks and good ale will be available. Own sandwiches may be eaten in the garden if a drink is purchased. Orders for food will be taken at the start of the walk.
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Morning walk around Assington
Meet at The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington (grid ref TL 934 381, postcode CO10 5LJ). Small car park at rear of pub + street parking. Honest pub grub to be ordered at start of walk. Lovely area for walking with a variety of countryside.
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Circular walk around Abberton Reservoir
Circular walk around the newly enlarged Abberton Reservoir and RAMSAR Bird Sanctuary as part of the Essex Festival of Walks. Meet at Saint Andrew’s Church, Rectory Lane, Abberton (private car park – minimum Church donations £4 per car for all day parking) (grid ref TL 997 193, postcode CO5 7NJ) for walk round the reservoir. Morning via Peldon and Great Wigborough. Lunch at the EWT Abberton Visitors’ Centre café (no alcohol) ordered at start. Afternoon via Layer de la Hay and Malting Green. Please note the morning walk includes roads through Peldon village and a 1km unavoidable section along the unrestricted road towards Wigborough where particular care is needed. Otherwise walk uses footpaths and the new permissive paths to circumnavigate the newly expanded reservoir.
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Easy walk to Welshwood Park
Spring Valley Recoil 102. Meet Ardleigh Spring Lane bus stop A137 (grid ref TM 037 280, post code CO7 7PH). Saunter, partly in woodland, to Welshwood Park A137. Green Corridor trail nearby. Bus 104 departs Ba Stanwell St 10.25. Return bus 103 or 104. Explorer Map 184 is ideal for measuring all angles.
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Evening walk around Fordham
Meet at Quilters Green Car Park, Ponders Road, Fordham (grid ref TL 927 286, postcode CO6 3LZ) for a walk towards West Bergholt - passing Hill House Wood and returning along the River Colne towards Ford Street.
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Circular walk to Polstead
Meet Stoke by Nyland recreation ground (grid ref TL 985 363, postcode CO64QX) for a scenic walk via Withermarsh Green, Gifford Hall Park, Dollops wood and Polstead. Lunch at the Cock pub in Polstead. Order food at the start of the walk or bring a picnic.
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Morning walk around Wormingford
Meet at The Crown, Wormingford (grid red TL 930 315 postcode CO6 3AB) for a circular walk. Views on a hot sunny day are pretty spectacular across the Stour Valley Path.
Figure of 8 walk around Clare
Meet at Clare Country Park, Malting Lane, Clare (grid ref TL 770 451, postcode CO10 8NN. Exp. Map 210). £2 parking fee. Walk to Stoke by Clare and back via Stour Valley Walk. Large number of options for lunch. After lunch uphill for views over Clare.
Easy Walk around South Colchester
Lethe Glades 105 amended. Meet Maypole Green bus stop (grid ref TL 986 221, post code CO2 9PB). Slow saunter to Gosfield Rd bus stop. Part of Maria Mehalah Macabre trail. Explorer 184 covers. Bus 63 departs Osborne St 10.43. Return bus 8.
Evening walk around Tollesbury
Meet in Tollesbury at Woodrolfe Road CP (grid ref TL 963 104, post code CM9 8SD) for an evening with views over the Blackwater Estuary from the sea wall. Optional drink afterwards at the Kings Head pub on 1 High St.
Circular walk to Tattingstone
Meet in lay-by at Cattawade Old Bridge (grid ref TM 101 330, post code CO11 1RE) for a circular walk to Tattingstone and return. Lunch at The Wheatsheaf Tattingstone. Orders taken at start.
Morning walk around Wickham Bishops
Meet Chequers Pub, Wickham Bishops, (grid ref TL 845 124, postcode CM8 3NN). From Wickham Bishops, the walk goes through the golf course, past the oldest surviving UK wooden railway viaduct, on to the old parish church, St Peters, and back via the orchards. Lunch will be ordered at the Chequers before we start. Please note that parking is restricted at the pub, so please park in nearby roads if not eating there.
Figure of 8 walk around Nayland
Meet at The Anchor at Nayland, 01206 262313, (grid ref TL 974 340, postcode CO6 4JL) for (weather permitting) a lovely summer walk along the footpaths of Suffolk; Stour Valley path and St Edmund’s Way. The pub will be open to take food orders from 9:30am.
Easy walk to Ramsey
Wood ’n’ Water Mix 38. Assemble Wrabness bus shelter B1352 (grid ref TM 183 308, post code CO11 3TR). Woodland coastal saunter to Copperas Lane Ramsey B1352, CO12 5NF bus stop. Part Essex Way trail. Explorer 184 best for measuring. Bus 103 departs Ba Stanwell St 10.00. Return bus 103
Evening walk around Abberton
Meet in lay-bys on B1026 causeway across Abberton Reservoir (grid ref TL 963 173, post code CO2 0EU)
Circular walk to Greenstead Green
Meet Stisted VH CP-using the overflow parking opposite the Hall (grid ref TL799 252, post code CM77 8AL) for a circular walk. Morning walk using old drovers tracks and through Brookes Nature Reserve to Greenstead Green for lunch. Back past Perces hall then through Great Monks Wood to Stisted. Lunch at the Greenstead Farm Shop.
Morning walk around Newton Green
Meet at Newton Green Golf Club (NGGC) (grid ref TL 914 406, postcode CO10 0QN). Plenty of parking behind NGGC. Good and inexpensive food to be ordered before start of walk. A different area with varied footpaths in farmland and woodland.
Circular walk to Mount Bures
Meet Quilters Green CP, Fordham (grid ref TL 928 286, postcode CO6 3LX). Circular walk past Crepping Hall and Middle Green and then on to Mount Bures for lunch. Afternoon along edge of Wormingford Airfield and back to Fordham using some permissive paths. Pub: The Thatchers Arms-food orders at start of walk.
Easy Walk to Wivenhoe Station
Cockaynes Sway 10. Assemble Alresford Station (grid ref TM 063 215, post code CO7 8BN). Slow partly wooded saunter to Wivenhoe Station. Part West Tendring Marathon trail. Explorer Map 184 covers.
Evening walk around East Bergholt
Meet at The Royal Oak, East End Lane, East End (East Bergholt). (grid ref TM 099 351 postcode CO7 6XA). Go through the carpark at the right of the pub and down to the grass parking area at the back. The walk will circle round through Dodnash Wood and Great Martins Hill Wood and across the fields to the South. Refreshments at the pub afterwards.
Circular walk to Gosfield
Meet Halstead Butler Road CP (grid ref TL 810 306, post code CO9 1LL) Circular walk. Morning via high Garrett to Gosfield, Lunch Bell Inn in Gosfield. Afternoon short hop back to start, lunch orders at start.
Morning walk around Langham
Langham (grid ref TM 019 318, postcode CO4 5NR). Start from the Shepherd pub. Walking in Langham. An area known for great countryside walking.
Figure of 8 walk around Coggeshall and Kelvedon
Meet at “The Halfway” (Restaurant & Bar), Coggeshall Road, Kelvedon (grid ref TL 855 208, postcode CO5 9PL). A figure of 8 walk. Morning: walk into Coggeshall, via Coggeshall Abbey, and down to the River Blackwater. Return via the boundary mound for the new Incinerator! Afternoon: walk towards Felix Hall and Kelvedon. Orders for lunch taken at the start of the walk.
Evening walk to West Bergholt
Meet at the Cricketers PH in Fordham Heath (grid ref TL 945 262, postcode CO3 9TL) for a walk across the Colne Valley to West Bergholt and back. Optional food/drink in the pub afterwards – only use the pub car park if you intend to make use of the watering hole please.
Easy walk around Brightlingsea
Hurst Greenery 170. Assemble Brightlingsea’s Hurst Green bus stop (grid ref TM 091 168, post code CO7 0HG). Shoreline saunter via breakfast cafe near Bateman’s Tower, to Tavern bus stop CO7 0GA. Part Abounding An Essex Edge trail. Explorer Map 184 good aid. Bus 62 departs Gb High St Colchester 07.58. Return bus 62 or 87.
Circular walk to Glemsford
Meet at CP opposite Melford Hall (grid ref TL 865 462, postcode CO10 9DX( for a circular walk, past Kentwell Hall, Stanstead Great Wood to Glemsford; lunch at the The Cock Inn or bring picnic, returning to Long Melford via St. Edmunds Way.
Morning walk around Bures
Meet at Bures Community Centre (VH) (grid ref TL 908 338, postcode CO8 5BX). Large car park which can be busy, + street parking. Honest pub grub (8 Bells) to be ordered before start of walk. A very popular area to walk and never disappointing.
Circular walk to Gt. Waltham
Meet Terling VH (grid ref TL 770 150 postcode CM3 2PW) for a circular walk through attractive countryside along part of the Essex Way to Gt. Waltham for lunch at the Rose and Crown. Order food at start of walk.
Easy walk to Earls Colne
Colnes Galorev. 002. Meet White Colne’s lower Colneford Hill (grid ref TL 867 290, post code CO6 2PJ), A1124. Saunter-loop via Earls Colne and Colne Engaine, Part of Walks in Colne Zolne trail. Cars. Bus 88 stops near Riverside Inn also near Colne’s Bridge. Explorer Sheet 195 is the best for measurements.
Evening walk around Messing
Meet at The Street, Messing (grid ref TL 897 189, postcode CO5 9TR) for a walk through woodlands towards Layer Marney, returning via Birch airfield.
Circular walk to Marks Tey
Meet at the playing field car park at Great Tey, approached via Greenfield Drive and Chrismund Way, next to the primary school (grid ref TL 891 260, post code CO6 1AZ) for a circular walk; lunch either at the Red Lion pub at Marks Tey (pre-order at start) or the nearby Poplar Garden Centre cafe. Much of the farmland seen during the morning walk is included in the plan for the proposed West Tey new town.
Morning walk around Wrabness
Wrabness walk from RSPB Stour Estuary Nature Reserve car park, Wrabness on B1352 / (grid ref TM 190 310, postcode CO12 5ND). Parking is free. The walk is through the nature reserve woods down towards the river along to the beach and back via the village. The Strangers Inn at Bradfield and The Cross at Horsley Cross both serving food.
Circular walk around East Mersea
Circular walk around East Mersea. Meet at Cudmore Grove Country Park, Bromans Lane, East Mersea (ECC car park requires £4 ticket per car over 4 hours) (grid ref TM 065 145 postcode CO5 8UE) for a summer seascape and farmscape circular walk round East Mersea. Morning via southern sea wall, East Mersea church and farm land towards West Mersea. Lunch at the Mersea Island Vineyard (also a micro brewery). Afternoon return via farmland and northern sea wall. Look out for Red Squirrels!
Easy Walk to Hythe
Norman Cuts 91. Meet Lower Head Street in Rowhedge (grid ref TM 030 218, post code CO5 7HN). Seawall saunter to Hythe. Part of Camuplodunum trail. Bus 66 departs Gd stance on Colchester High Street 10.08. Explorer Map 184 best aid. Return bus 61 to Osborne St.
Evening walk around Rowhedge
Meet Rowhedge river frontage near ferry landing stage (grid ref TM 031 217, post code CO5 7HG). Allow time to park in residential streets higher up town and walk to start.
Circular walk to Great Blakenham
Meet near the toilet block situated close the main lake, railway line, B1078 and a car park (grid ref TM 093 546, post code IP6 8HB). Park if you can in this car park which is the next entrance after the one for the main Needham Lakes car park. If this is full use the main car park and walk to it over the small bridge. The morning walk takes us via Barking Church, Priestley Woods and Darmsden Church to The Chequers pub Great Blakenham for lunch (food orders taken at the start). The afternoon walk) takes us back to our cars along the River Gipping.
Morning walk around Crockleford Heath and the Salary Brook valley
Morning walk around Crockleford Heath and the Salary Brook valley. Circular walk starting at the Beehive Inn on Bromley Road (grid ref TM 029 261, postcode CO4 3JG). Walk with views of the valley, through woodland and alongside the Brook. Lunch at the Beehive may be ordered before the walk.
Figure of 8 walk around Holbrook
Meet at The Compasses Inn car park in Ipswich Road, Holbrook (grid ref TM 170 364, postcode IP9 2QR) for a figure of 8 walk. The long morning walk will take us east out towards Arwarton. The short afternoon walk will take us west towards Alton Water. The pub will be open at 9:30 to take food orders. If not intending on using the pub, please park with care in Heathfield Road.
Easy walk around Hatfield Peveral
Terside Mingle 63. Meet Hatfield Peverel Rec. ground B1019 (grid ref TL 796 115, post code CM3 2HW). Saunter-loop via Ter Ford. Part Green Corridor trail. Explorer Sheet 183 needed. Cars
Evening walk around Fordham
Meet at Quilters Green Car Park, Ponders Road, Fordham (grid ref TL 927 286, postcode CO6 3LZ) for a walk towards Wakes Colne and returning by Crepping Hall.
Circular walk to Colchester
Meet Orpen Hall, West Bergholt (grid Ref TL 958 278, post code - CO6 3BG) Circular walk from West Bergholt through Great Horksley to Highwoods Country Park and return via Cymberline Meadows and Golf Course.. Lunch Orders for the Bricklayers taken at beginning. Cafe at Asda can be used or picnics can be had.
Morning walk to Flatford Mill
Meet Cattawade picnic site (grid ref TM 100 331, postcode CO11 1QW. Walk to Flatford Mill and Fen Bridge, back south of the river. The last I heard the Crown Cattawade does not provide food, so will investigate driving to East Bergholt or Manningtree after the walk
Figure of 8 walk around Manningtree
Figure of 8 walk around Manningtree. Meet at The Crown car park, Quay Street, Manningtree (pub car park with limited space - extra parking along The Walls) to pre-order lunch (grid ref TM 108 318, postcode CO11 1AH) for figure of 8 walk round Lawford and Manningtree. Morning via Stour estuary sea wall to Judas gap and return along part of Essex Way and Saint Mary’s church. Lunch at The Crown in Manningtree. Afternoon via Mistley Towers and return along another part of Essex Way.
Evening walk around Stratford St. Mary
Meet Stratford St. Mary main road near the weir (grid ref TM 042 340 postcode CO7 6JR) for an evening stroll above the Stour Valley taking in part of the Stour Valley Path. Choice of pubs in the village for an optional drink afterwards.
Easy walk to Lawford
Walls with Tides 40. Meet Mistley Thorn bus stop B1352. (grid ref TM 117 318, post code CO11 1HE). Saunter the Walls. Through Manningtree to Lawford for return bus or social breakfast or both. Bus 103 departs Stanwell St. Ba 08.00. Explorer 184 covers the route. Return bus 103 or 104
Linear walk from Harwich to Manningtree
Meet Manningtree railway station car park (£3 fee) (grid TM 095 323 postcode CO11 2LH) to catch a train at about 09:30 to Harwich Town & walk back along the estuary. Lunch – picnic on banks of Stour followed by SHORT pub stop at The Strangers Home, just for drinks. Enjoy the coastal scenery and wildlife, stunning views of the Stour. Path follows part of the Essex Way.
Early arrivals at Manningtree Station will have time to enjoy the buffet.
Please note Start and train times are to be confirmed nearer the date.