A series of walks in the Essex countryside accessible via public transport
Whilst Essex does not have the rugged grandeur in its scenery that Snowdon, the Lake District, the Peak District, Cornwall, Western Scotland and similar well known walking areas portray, it still has some very pretty scenery and pleasant walks. In particular, it has a number of rivers with tidal estuaries, including the Stour, Colne, Blackwater, Crouch and Roach, and walks along these feature heavily in this website.
We believe in using public transport to get to our walks - this allows us to have a few beers and then not have to worry about driving. Many of the walks are based on railway stations on the National Express East Anglia routes out of Liverpool Street. However, several walks are based on bus routes (either on their own, or from a railway station) and the number of these is likely to increase in the future as we run out of practical railway-based ones.
With a few exceptions, the lengths of the walks lie roughly between 5 and 13 miles - sufficient to get some exercise in and see the scenery, whilst still allowing time for a few drinks and a bite to eat in one, or more, pubs along the route.
For each walk, we have provided an overview, an indication of the level of difficulty of the walk and its distance, what transport to use and its start and end points. We then provide route directions and a list of pubs (including contact details where we have them) on the route. For the majority of walks, we also provide a sketch-map (roughly to scale and linked to specific OS maps so that you can better determine the details). The amount of detail varies between walks, depending on the relative complexity of each one and the degree to which footpath signposts and/or way-marks are present along the route. We will be updating details of existing walks if we find that the situation has changed in any significant way (e.g. if a way-post has been removed, a bridge damaged, or if the route has been changed to meet specific local farming or other needs).
All of our routes have been planned using OS maps. However, you may find that a particular walk is similar to one published in another website, book or magazine - if so, this only goes to show that some routes are popular (or that the options for walks in some areas are more restrictive/limited).
Before starting a walk, please check that the pubs en route are open at lunchtime (we have provided telephone numbers for most pubs listed in the walks), because in the current economic climate we have found that some pubs are not now staying open as long at lunchtime as they once did, whilst others either now do not open at lunchtime on specific days (e.g. Mondays), or do not provide food on specific lunchtimes. Please click on the following button to access pub contact details: