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) Morning walk only with coffee and cake at Gosfield village shop around 12 pm.
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.