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|Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 21 Mar 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk, close to Colchester in Essex. The route allows you to discover a most unusual corner of Essex - hills, grassland, and grazing livestock. You might think you were in Devon! This circular walk, which is three miles to the north of Colchester, includes magnificent views, a delightful old church and hamlet, a lovely riverside mill house and weir, woodland, rolling grassland and the site of a Tudor hunting lodge. |
The walk involves some steep, but short, climbs and should take about 1.5 to 2 hours. One short section is almost always wet and muddy. There are three remaining stiles, but most have been replaced by gates. There are a few hundred yards of walking on tarmac lanes, but these are all usually quiet. Both sheep and cattle are likely to be encountered. One short section of the route follows a public right of way across a private garden and you may encounter dogs here - in my experience they have done nothing more than bark.
The walk starts from a large lay-by on the B1508, approximately 1km north of the Wormingford Crown, and 100 metres north of the junction with Sandy Lane. The lay-by is on the outside of a sharp bend and has a prominent double metal farm gate (shown in the image for Section 1). The nearest postcode is CO6 3AA. Chambers bus routes 753 and 754 pass by.
|Start to Wormingford Church|
Start point: 51.9564 lat, 0.7977 long
From the lay-by, pass alongside the farm gate and take the right-hand of the two farm tracks. The track runs south up the hill, towards a copse on the top of the hill. At the top of the hill keep straight on, keeping a wire and wooden post fence to your right. Ahead of you is a small wooden gate, set in some bushes. Go through this gate and then head straight on, keeping to the obvious path with a fence on your left-hand side. Descend into a short but steep valley and then follow the path through trees up the other side of the valley.
|Wormingford Church to Flint Cottage|
Start point: 51.9549 lat, 0.8114 long
Turn left onto Church Road from the graveyard. There are some lovely old houses in this hamlet, so take time to admire them! Walk down Church Road and, after 50 metres, turn right into the lane that runs to the Community Centre. At the end of the lane (by the Community Centre) take the footpath that turns sharp right (NOT the one that goes straight on).
|Flint Cottage to The Mill House|
Start point: 51.9557 lat, 0.8198 long
At the cottage, turn right to pass in front of it and follow the field boundary to a metal pedestrian gate in the hedge on your left. Go through the gate and follow the path through bushes down the hill. This part of the route can get very muddy, but it is usually possible to avoid the worst bits.
|The Mill House to End|
Start point: 51.9609 lat, 0.8126 long
Turn left off the road at The Mill House, going through the pedestrian gate to the left of the cattle grid. (You can't see the house from the road, just one of its barns). Walk along the drive and in front of the house. There are some barky dogs here, but in my experience they have never done more than bark - so far.
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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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