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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 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.

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

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.

(Cannot be walked 18/9/21)

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 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.

distance 7.17mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -33ft Durée 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Leigh-on-Sea - Southend-on-Sea

A walk across salt marshes with numerous birds and returning inland via the ruined Hadleigh Castle. Highly accessible from London as the Fenchurch Street line takes under an hour to get you to the start.

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 4.68mi Vertical gain +79ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stutton - Suffolk

This walk gives fantastic views over Alton Water Park. The longer walk leads you to Holbrook Creek and passes through the pretty village of Stutton. A shorter walk visits a nature reserve and the Tattingstone Clifton Wonder, a building designed to deceive!

Walking Wildlife and Wonder ( Download : )
distance 3.02mi Vertical gain +30ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stutton - Suffolk

This walk gives fantastic views over Alton Water Park. The longer walk leads you to Holbrook Creek and passes through the pretty village of Stutton. A shorter walk visits a nature reserve and the Tattingstone Clifton Wonder, a building designed to deceive!

Into the Valley of Wherstead
distance 3.49mi Vertical gain +141ft Vertical drop -161ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wherstead - Suffolk

The historic villages of Wherstead and Freston are great for exploring the unique farmed and estuary landscapes of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. The walks take in Freston Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Walking Wherstead Woodlands ( Download : )
distance 4.71mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -131ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wherstead - Suffolk

On the ‘Wherstead Woodlands’ walk, you can see more ancient woodland, the Stalls Valley, farmland and the villages of Wherstead and Freston.

distance 11mi Vertical gain +200ft Vertical drop -174ft Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Havering - Greater London

Starts at Thames Chase Forest Centre, the headquarters of the Thames Chase Community Forest, at Broadfields Farm. Route passes thru' the old village of Cranham, then Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve, Corbets Tey, Belhus Country Park, Belhus Chase & the town of Aveley. For the last two miles we follow the Mardyke Way thru' Davy Down, then thru' Stifford Green and Warren Gorge Nature Reserve to finish at Chafford Hundre Railway Station.

distance 7.42mi Vertical gain +246ft Vertical drop -223ft Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in High Halstow - Medway

This Kent walk takes you onto the southern shores of the Thames Estuary. The route is easy to follow (apart from the start). The area visited during the walk provided Dickens with the perfect scene for his prison huls in his novel 'Great Expectations'.

Walking Great Bradley Circular ( Download : )
distance 3.05mi Vertical gain +89ft Vertical drop -89ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Bradley - Suffolk

Discover the start of the river Stour, Constable's country

Walking Dullingham Circular ( Download : )
distance 4.07mi Vertical gain +135ft Vertical drop -121ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Dullingham - Cambridgeshire

Discover the start of Constable's river Stour.

Walking Stetchworth Circular ( Download : )
distance 3.41mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stetchworth - Cambridgeshire

A lovely walk around the Cambridgeshire border.

distance 6.73mi Vertical gain +36ft Vertical drop -66ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stone (Kent) - Kent

From start, we go north to soon join a path along the River Thames. Then turn left & upstream along the riverbank, soon under the towering Queen Elizabeth 2 Bridge which takes the M25 over the Thames. The River Thames is wide here & industry is evident, mainly on the opposite bank. At 3.5 miles we join the Darent Valley Path near the large Darent Creek Flood Barrier. We follow the path all the way to the finish, near Dartford Station.

distance 11.38mi Vertical gain +289ft Vertical drop -121ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Kent

We follow Darent Valley Path thru' Dartford, Central Park & past Brooklands Lake. Thru' the villages of Darenth, Farningham & Eynsford. A big climb up past Eagle Heights & drop back down past the Roman Villa remains. Then past Lullingstone Castle. Lullingstone Park Visitor's Centre, Shoreham Castle Farm and thru' fields to and thru' Shoreham village to finish near Shoreham Station.