Colchester Ramblers

Dereks Walks

Here is the full list of Dereks walks.

Half Day or Between Meal Walks

These short walks are across Essex. Click here for the full listing and here for an overview of the walks aross the county

Click the link next to the walk name to download details of the walk.

No. Start Link kms
1 Bounstead Grove CP Bounstead Grove 8.6
2 Brightlingsea B1029 near Brightlingsea Hall Brightlingsea 8
3 Alresford Pointer Bus Stop Alresford 7
4 Layer Breton Lower Road Bus Stop Layer Breton 5.7
5 East Donyland Wood Layby East Donyland 8
6 East Donyland Wood Layby West Donyland 8
7 East Mersea, Stone CP East Mersea 8
8 Foxash Cross Layby Foxash 9.3
9 Crouch End Green Bus Stop Castle Hedingham 8
10 Gun Hill layby, Langham Gun Hill 8
11 Hayes Green Road, Layer Marney Layer Marney 7
12 Chanterelle Car Park Myland Highwoods -
13 Highfields Road, Kelvedon Kelvedon 8
14 Conyfield Wood, Messing Messing 7
15 Mistley Walls Mistley 8
16 Stourwood CP Ramsey 8
17 Tollesbury Woodrolfe Car Park Tollesbury 8
18 Layer Marney Smythe Green Layer Marney 7.8
19 West Mersea Barrow Hill Bus Stop West Mersea 7.8
20 Boxted Mill Bridge Boxted 7.4
21 Arger Fen Arger Fen 7.7
22 Fairstead Church Fairstead 8
23 Feering Hill Sun Feering 7.8
24 Stutton Stutton 7.8
25 Catawade Picnic Site Catawade 8
26 Salcott Cross Bus Shelter Salcott 9


Wash to Channel Overview

The Wash to Channel Walk did not start and the beginning and continue through the middle until we got to the end. We were not even all the smae people every day.  The bulk of it was done as part of 4 week-long holidays; 1.2 in Norfolk plus 1 in Kent and 1 in Sussex.  The remainder were done as serial walks e.g. a Thursday here, a Wednesday there, wherever a hole appeared in the programme we filled it.  Most got into the Tendring  programme, but Colchester were more hestitant.  Some found out via Tendring members and came anyway.  We eere  persuing The Saint Edmund Walk a day a month moving northwards.  During one of the intervals we, Jessie and I, met Ron P of Thurrock Group at one of the Area Hundreds. “Were we likely to do the Peddars Way?” he asked.  He had walked from Beachey Head to Thetford, but his companions did not fancy a trot across Norfolk to Hunstanton.   He should not have thrown a gaunlet down in front of Jessie Keeble.  "We can do it” she mused, " After Brandon on the Saint Edmund Way."   So we did Peddars to help Ron, then took his advice hoofed it to Beachy Head too.

I have produced this 2018 record of it, because it was great fun a. finding the time to do it, and b. actually atending daily mobile socials whilst absorbing the Norfolk Landscape, The Brecklands, Thetford Forest, The Suffolk Bread & Beet Basket, several of the joys found along  Jonathon’s Journey in Essex, a cute flotation across the Thames plus two lots of four days traversing the South and North Downs plus The Weald, the medway valley and Ashdown Forest where Pooh Sticks were duly played.Back-up was by twenty-eight examples of Two-car trickery.

Events like these seem to be in short supply now.  I am sure modern ramblers will do this sort of adventure much better than we did, despite an increase in the price of petrol.  Kevn C serialised The Saffron Way approximately a Sunday a month till it was done, and Peter P did The Suffolk Way every other Wednesday from Flatford to Lowestoft.  Both were early this century I believe.  Has there been much since?   The Mucking Ugley Ways through Messing, Essex is a lot more than a joke; it visits some many examples of medieval settlement architecture.  Go with friends and have fun. 

 No.  Route  Link  kms
1 Hunstanton to Holme Hunstanton  5
2 Holme to Fring Holme 13
3 Fring to West Acre Fring 16
4 West Acre to South Pickenham West Acre 19
5 South Pickenham to Hockham Heath South Pickenham 16
6 Hockham Heath to Knettishall Heath Hockham Heath 13
7 Knettishall Heath to Elvedon Knettishall Heath 16
8 Elvedon to Culford Elvedon 18
9 Culford to Sicklesmere Culford 15
10 Sicklesmere to Lavenham Sicklesmere 16
11 Lavenham to Sudbury Lavenham 15
12 Sudbury to Bures Hamlet Sudbury 15
13 Bures Hamlet to Nayland Bures Hamlet 15
14 Nayland to Earls Clone Nayland 18
15 Earls Colne to Witham Earls Colne 16
16 Witham to Danbury Witham 16
17 Danbury to Rawreth Danbury 17
18 Rawreth to Benfleet Rawreth 17
19 Benfleet to Corringham Benfleet 16
20 Corringham to East Tilbury Corringham 13
21 East Tilbury to Meopham East Tilbury 14
22 Meopham to Mereworth Meopham 19
23 Mereworth to Haysden Mereworth 20
24 Haysden to Balls Green Haysden 16
25 Balls Green to Five Ash Down Balls Green 17
26 Five Ash Down to Chiddingly Five Ash Down 18
27 Chiddingly to Wilmington Chiddingly 19
28 Wilmington to Beachy Head Wilmington 15


Staple Day Walks

These full day walks are across Essex and Suffolk. Click here for an overview of the walks.

Click the link next to the walk name to download details of the walk.

No Walk kms Explorer Start Lunch
1 Totham Trot 18.2 183 Heybridge Basin Great Totham South
2 Pantling Storey 18.2 183 Rivenhall, Rickstones Coggeshall
3 Tangham Tree Farm 16 197 Capel St Andrew Shottisham
4 Nazeing Waltham 16 174 Holyffield, Fishers’ Gn Nazeing Mead
5 Perspire By Pottishall 15 209 Hadstock, Bartlow Rd Ashdon, Rose & C
6 Borrowdyke Ore 16 212 Sudbourne, Ferry Rd Orford, Jolly Sailor
7 Pylonaise Overstitch 16.5 195/196 Belchamp Walter Castle Hedingham
8 Eye-Spy Camsix 20 183 Pleshey Littley Green
9 Ironlatch Tufnel 16.5 184 Great Horkesley Heath Lexden, Fire & R.
10 Nunty Grigg 16 195 Pattiswick Coggeshall
11 Lawford Lapwing 14.4 184 Mistley & Lawford Manningtree
12 Skpihatch Mulley 14.9 184 Great Bromley     Horsleycross Street
13 Chevaux Front 15.2 184 Kirby Cross Station Frinton-on-Sea
14 Tunstall Sandling 16.4 212 Chillesford Snape Maltings
15 Jersey Walter 16.2 183 Ulting, Hoe Mill Maldon Leisure World
16 Stambridge Lion 17 176 Canewdon Paglesham East End
17 Lingwood Retreat 14 183 Little Baddow Church Woodham Walter
18 Samson Hurst 16 184 Brittlesea Samson Rd Brightlingsea
19 Littlebury Icknield 18.3 195 Great Chesterford Saffron Walden
20 Shotley Pier 16.3 197 Chelmondiston Shotley Gate
21 Seawick Daltes 15.6 184 Jaywick Triangle Saint Osyth
22 Pennyhole Picnic 15.1 184 Salcott-cum-Virley Pennyhole Point
23 Extract Water Treat 17 196 Stoke-by-Nayland Stratford St Mary
24 Strawberry Rampart 16 183/184 Tiptree Centre Birch Green, L.Breton
25 Touchey Shirburn 15 196/197 Brantham, Cattawade Flatford Mill, Stratford
26 Clare Fox 17.4 196 Foxearth Riverside Clare Castle Country Park
27 Walk Details     Cardinal Details listed in this order  
28 Map of Walks     Scatter Map of 26 Staple Day-Walks  



Short and Slow Saunters

Here's a series of short and slow walks. Click here for the full listing. All walks are between 3 and 4 kms


No  Start Link
1 George Public House Witham


Derek has also provided details of another 18 walks in Essex. Click here to download the pdf file.

Here are some additional ideas for more long distance walks..

Circular walks around the counties of the South East and East Anglia. Click here to download the walk descriptions and here to download outline maps

Sunday, December 16, 2018