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|The Old Windmill and South Hanningfield|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 03 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Old Windmill in South Hanningfield, Essex. The Old Windmill has been serving food and ale since 1799 and today, with a beautiful sympathetic refurbishment, it really is a gem of a pub. The walking route explores the local countryside, a peaceful journey through arable fields and ancient lanes, visiting the pretty local church on route. |
The paths follow sections of arable fields and grass meadows, all of which can be very muddy in the winter and after periods of rain, so the walk is one best enjoyed in the warmer months. The paths in a couple of places can also be a little overgrown so good stout footwear and full length trousers are recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles!). The route has several climbs and descents throughout and there are a couple of sections of road walking so take care of traffic. There are a few gates plus six stiles, some of which are fully enclosed with wire fencing so dogs may need a lift over. Depending on the condition underfoot, allow 1 to 2 hours.
South Hanningfield is situated between Basildon and Chelmsford, just off the A130. The walk starts and finishes at the Old Windmill pub which is on South Hanningfield Road. The pub has a large car park alongside. Approximate post code CM3 8HJ.
|Start to Flemings Farm|
Start point: 51.6497 lat, 0.5147 long
To begin the walk, head to the rear of the pub car park (with your back to the road you need to head to the back left corner). Pass through the gap here under an arch of trees to join the grass footpath which runs along the left-hand edge of a crop field. Keep ahead as the path continues with crop fields each side and power lines running parallel to the left.
|Flemings Farm to Stone Track|
Start point: 51.6419 lat, 0.5183 long
Turn left following the bottom edge of the field you just descended. At the far corner, follow the field edge path as it swings left with a belt of trees on the right. As the main belt of trees ends, fork right down a short slope to reach the adjacent field. Keep ahead along the bottom boundary of this field and into the next field. At the gap in the tree line on the right, dog-leg right then left to join the wide grass ride with a private property on the right. Pass through the staggered barrier to reach a T-junction with the road.
|Stone Track to Romans Farm|
Start point: 51.6472 lat, 0.5315 long
Cross this stile and follow the path with fenced horse paddocks to the right. Cross the next stile ahead and cross a small footbridge and then pass through a wide gate (or use the stile alongside) and keep straight ahead on the tarmac drive to reach a T-junction with the main road.
|Romans Farm to Church|
Start point: 51.6518 lat, 0.5302 long
Keep straight ahead onto the footpath in line with the gate which passes between outbuildings. Cross a short section of scrub, cross a stile and then swing left to reach an open grass field. Keep ahead along the left-hand edge of this, passing a pylon on the right. At the end of the field, keep ahead on the narrow path through another section of scrub.
|Church to End|
Start point: 51.6541 lat, 0.5204 long
Cross straight through the church yard passing to the left of St Peter’s Church. Take time to admire the pretty wooden clad 15th century belfry and the ornate timber porch with stained glass panels.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We walked this route in September and there was a lot of activity on the fields that we walked through - lovely oak trees too.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
With a large car park this pub makes a great place to start and end the walk. We had a great lunch and there was a good choice of beer.
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