Essex Pub Walks

A series of walks in the Essex countryside accessible via public transport


Walking Hints & Tips

Before setting out on a walk, research it and plan it:

  • If you are travelling by public transport, look up the route, find the appropriate trains/buses and the timetable - then document the salient facts [Note: We mostly walk during the week, when buses and trains are relatively frequent. However, during the weekend some routes (especially country bus routes) may be more infrequent]

  • Equip yourself with the appropriate map(s) and guides(s) - see also comment on OS maps later - and mark out the route

  • Go to the Defra website (see:         ) - Defra 'permitted' walks are often not shown on OS maps but can be used

  • Take a compass with you - it can be crucial

  • Take sufficient water with you (more if it is a hot day) and at least a snack

  • Look at the weather forecast, then decide what clothing and boots/shoes to wear

  • If you aim to stop at a pub either during the walk and/or at the end, try to find out beforehand what time it is open (and whether it will be open at all) and whether they serve food at lunchtime/evening - we have provided telephone numbers for most pubs mentioned in this website

  • Take a camera with you (for practical tips on photography, please click on the following link:                  ) and binoculars - you are there to enjoy the countryside and not just the walking and you never know what you will see on the way (e.g. we came across a field of lamas on one walk).


Use appropriate OS maps: One of the most significant differences between the 1:25,000 maps (the 'Explorer' series) and the 1:50,000 'Landranger' ones is that the former show field boundaries, whilst the latter do not. This is particularly useful when navigating across farmland, where a path goes through several fields and is often not very clear on the ground (especially after the farmer has ploughed the field) - basic compass skills are also useful in these circumstances.


You may find that a particular walk spans anything up to 3 OS Explorer maps (for example, the walk in this website between Marks Tey and Kelvedon) - in this event, or if you think that you will be doing a lot of walking around a particular central point, it is possible to get the Ordnance Survey to print a map centred around a point you define - see details by clicking on the following link:


If the weather forecast predicts rain, make sure that you either have a waterproof cover for your rucksack/bag, or wrap valuable things (e.g. camera, binoculars and GPS device), maps, etc. in plastic bags, so that they don't get wet.


We try to start our journey after the peak morning hour, but allowing sufficient time to reach a pub on a walk at lunchtime. However in the lighter periods of the year, you will have time to start many of the walks at mid-morning or even lunchtime. The exact time will depend on the route - for example, going either to the east or north (via Shenfield) of Billericay rail station - i.e. away from London - travelling on or after 08:52 am train from Billericay is cheaper.  Also, we take advantage of the various deals offered by National Express, such as 4 travelling for the price of 2.


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