Explore Hylands Estate following this path through the park.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From London Road car park, walk along gravel path towards the front of Hylands House. Head for The Stables. Pass the Stables, following the signage post to the Pleasure Gardens.
(1) With the Oak pergola ahead, turn left and walk between clipped Yew avenue, passing Repton’s Basket. Head towards steps down to duck pond. Walk up other side and turn left.
(2) As the path forks, bear right and enter One World Garden. With rill on left walk towards Totem Pole passing under two arbours and through the ‘Tree of Life’ gate. At iron railings head towards dead tree, then towards dip in landscape, passing gap in the tree line.
(3) Head towards Swan Pond Plantation, keeping plantation on your left, turn right towards corner of Serpentine Lake. Follow the contour of the lake, walk around end and join path towards Repton’s Gate via information board. At path crossroads turn right onto Repton’s Approach, and then head back towards the London Road car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 161ft - London Road car park
1 : mi 0.39 - alt. 194ft - Oak pergola
2 : mi 0.47 - alt. 190ft - Fork
3 : mi 0.95 - alt. 115ft - Swan Pond Plantation
D/A : mi 1.84 - alt. 157ft - London Road car park
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For a more challenging walk, combine this walk with : Lower Estate Walk.
3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon
Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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(Walk not available 25/7/21)
Reviewed & updated 26/5/21
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.
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.
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