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), postcode CO6 1AZ). Circular walk with 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 will be included in the proposed West Tey new town.
Circular walk from Stratford St. Mary
Meet Stratford St. Mary main road near the weir (grid ref TM 042 340 postcode CO7 6JR) for a walk out via the Stour Valley Path to Withermarsh Green and Giffords Hall. Back via Shelley and the heights of Higham and the racecourse. No pub stop, so bring a PICNIC and plenty to drink. For the thirsty there is a choice of pubs at the end.
Morning walk around Polstead
Meet at The Cock Inn, Polstead (grid ref TL 992 382, postcode CO6 5AL) for a walk via Dollops Wood where the bluebells may be out. Order lunch at start
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evening walk around Abberton
Meet in lay-bys on B1026 causeway across Abberton Reservoir (grid ref TL 963 173, post code CO2 0EU)
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.