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Walking Wickham Bishops Circular ( Download : )
Wickham Bishops Circular
distance 6.07mi Vertical gain +387ft Vertical drop -420ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wickham Bishops - Essex

An easy stroll in the countryside near Wickham Bishops, departing close to the redundant St Peter's church, passing beneath the last wooden railway viaduct in the country and then along the meandering banks of the River Blackwater. The return passes through woodland and has some excellent views across the Essex countryside. This is an all-seasons walk but is particularly good in spring and autumn.

Walking Into The Wilderness ( Download : )
Into The Wilderness
distance 5.82mi Vertical gain +194ft Vertical drop -203ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Woodham Walter - Essex

An enjoyable stroll near the ancient rural village of Woodham Walter with a nature reserve, arable fields, woodland and The Wilderness. The route is along bridleways and footpaths for the most part, with a couple of short sections on quiet country lanes. There are only two cross-field paths so it's a good winter walk although, like any hike in Essex, it can be muddy after rain.

Last checked and updated: 22 June 2021 - see below

distance 7.04mi Vertical gain +62ft Vertical drop -59ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tollesbury - Essex

An Essex walk that explores the salt marshes between the village of Tollesbury and the River Blackwater. Tollesbury has much of interest inclusing a bustling marina, restored sail lofts and a preserved lightship.

Walking Ridge and River ( Download : )
distance 7.54mi Vertical gain +597ft Vertical drop -597ft Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Little Baddow - Essex

A circular walk that circumnavigates the village of Little Baddow. Beginning in Lingwood Common, the route follows bridleways, footpaths, the river towpath and quiet country lanes. A good walk for any time of year, but not after spells of prolonged rain when the towpath, especially, can become something of a quagmire. Walking it in spring is highly recommended as Blake's Wood is nationally known for its display of bluebells.

Checked & updated: August 2021

Around Oak Hill and Deer Sanctuary from Piercing Hill
distance 3.93mi Vertical gain +236ft Vertical drop -210ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Theydon Bois - Essex

This quiet circular walk uses a section of Epping Forest Centenary Walk close to Ambresbury Banks (remains of banks) before you follow a path in Birch Wood with lovely views over Deer Sanctuary and its wildlife!

Walking Three Pubs Circular ( Download : )
Three Pubs Circular
distance 9.02mi Vertical gain +269ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Purleigh - Essex

A circular walk from Purleigh that passes close to three excellent pubs using footpaths, bridleways, byways and short sections of country lanes. It joins St Peter's Way here and there, follows a disused railway track and goes through vineyards before meeting a WW1 airfield. A walk for all seasons, although sections can be muddy after rain.

Please see the Useful Information section for important information regarding the aerodrome.

Reviewed & updated 26/5/21

distance 5.53mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandon (Essex) - Essex

3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon

Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.

Walking Stour Wood Stroll ( Download : )
distance 2.63mi Vertical gain +92ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ramsey and Parkeston - Essex

This walk takes in woodland, farmland, quiet meadows and the River Stour where saltmarsh and mudflats provide habitats for wildlife.

distance 10.84mi Vertical gain +295ft Vertical drop -476ft Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Essex

From wooden bus stop we follow Hutton Village, then off-road to the old church. We go cross-country to Ingrave, past the huge pile of Thorndon House & thru' Thorndon Park North. As well as the park, the route takes in many other properties owned by the Thames Chase Community Forest, including Warley Gap, Codham Hall Woods & Franks Wood. We pass thru' Little Warley, Great Warley and skirt the outside of Upminster on our way to the finish at the Thames Chase Forest Centre at Broadfields Farm.

distance 12.16mi Vertical gain +276ft Vertical drop -256ft Durée 5h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ongar - Essex

We divert off the Essex Way to take in some of the histories of this old town. Rejoin the Essex Way for a short distance, before leaving it for one last time. Then follow St Peters Way thru' High Ongar & most of the way to Blackmore. We follow St Peter's Way for over a mile to Fryerning then thru' the village & across fields to Mountnessing. A short walk thru' a housing estate & industrial estate to enter Hutton Nature Reserve to soon finish at Hutton Village.

distance 7.69mi Vertical gain +243ft Vertical drop -331ft Durée 3h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Epping (Essex) - Essex

From Epping Station, we follow the Essex Way for our whole route. Thru' fields and an ancient track to Coopersale Street, then across fields to Gernon Bushes Nature Reserve. Cross over the M11 and go in a straight line towards Toot Hill. Thru' Toot Hill village and fields to Greensted and onto Chipping Ongar. Two videos at YouTube, one by John Rogers and a second by voxley19, both cover this whole walk.

Walking Hatfield Peverel Circular ( Download : )
distance 5.34mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hatfield Peverel - Essex

A pleasant stroll in the Essex countryside along field paths, secluded lanes and a stretch of river bank. Along the way there is an 18th century former priory, a canal lock (and tearoom), the delightfully named World's End Cottage, a ford and the Parish Church of St. Andrew.

Little Monk Wood, Baldwins Pond and Broom Hill from Rushey Plain
distance 2.94mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -177ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Waltham Abbey - Essex

This circular walk close to Loughton Camp provides a good way to discover Little Monk Wood, Baldwins Pond and less used paths along Loughton Brook enjoying this peaceful area.

Walking Repton’s Walk ( Download : )
distance 1.84mi Vertical gain +69ft Vertical drop -72ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Writtle - Essex

Explore Hylands Estate following this path through the park.

Walking Woodland and River Ramble ( Download : )
distance 4.01mi Vertical gain +102ft Vertical drop -102ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ramsey and Parkeston - Essex

This walk takes in woodland, farmland, quiet meadows and the River Stour where saltmarsh and mudflats provide habitats for wildlife.