Walks in Essex

If you’d like to lead a walk in our programme but aren’t sure where, we have a number of links and books to help you. Alternatively contact a member of the committee and we’ll do our best to suggest something. Of course you can also use these links if you’d simply like to go on a walk!

Online

If you find any more good walk web sites with Essex walks please let us know and we’ll add links here.

Essex county council site providing a range of downloadable walk leaflets

  • Bradwell Cocklespit – 6 miles
  • Thrift Wood – 5.5 miles
  • Aubrey Buxton – 2 miles
  • Roman River Valley – 2.8 miles
  • Weald Park – 9 miles
  • Cudmore Grove – 3.5 miles
  • Langdon Hills – 4.5 miles
  • Thorndon Park – 4.5 miles
  • Danbury Park – six walks, all 5-6 miles
  • Country Rides – walk/cycle routes: Basildon (6 miles), Pentlow (12 miles), Clavering (13 miles), Stapleford(7 miles), Pleshey (9miles), Thorndon (9 miles)
  • Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation – 15 miles
  • Essex Way – 81 miles
  • John Ray Walk – 9 miles
  • Roach Valley Way – 23 miles
  • Forest Way (Epping) – 25 miles

More short walks from the Essex County Council site

  • Manningtree – 3 miles
  • Castle Hedingham – 2 miles
  • Colchester – 4 miles
  • Danbury – 5.5 miles
  • Sandlay – 6.5 miles

Matt’s walks – series of walks with maps

  • High Ongar – 7 miles
  • Widdington – 11.5 miles
  • Radwinter – 11.5 miles
  • Manuden – 11 miles
  • Tilty – 7 miles
  • Purleigh – 8.5 miles
  • Chrishall – 8 miles
  • Hatfield Broad Oak – 14.5 miles
  • Castle Hedingham – 10.5 miles
  • The Bumpsteads – 12.5 miles
  • The Easters – 13.5 miles
  • Finchingfield – 14 miles

Our Basildon

Basildon heritage trail – 7.5 miles

Galleywood Parish council

Over 20 walks from 1mile to 10miles

Essex Pub walks

Huge range of walks throughout the county, 6- 12miles

Essex Walks

Detailed routes in Essex including long distance paths

Library

The group has a small library of books and OS maps available to members. If you’d like to borrow them e-mail us and we’ll see about bringing them to a mutually convenient walk! Also a few members are willing to lend out their own books. Here are the walks in a few of the books:

OS Explorer maps of Essex that can be borrowed:

  • No. 175 Southend on Sea & Basildon (Brentwood & Billericay)
  • No. 183 Chelmsford & the Rodings (Maldon & Whitham)
  • No. 184 Colchester (Harwich & Clacton on Sea)
  • No. 195 Braintree & Saffron Walden (Halstead & Great Dunmow)

Books that can be borrowed (Group):

‘Pub Walks in Essex’ by Anne Skinner

  • Arkesden 5 1/4 miles
  • Moreton 4 3/4 miles
  • Navestock Side 3 3/4 miles
  • Fyfield 3 1/4 miles
  • Stondon Massey 3 miles
  • Bishop’s Green 2 3/4 miles
  • Helions Bumpstead 3 1/2 miles
  • Stebbing 3 1/4 miles
  • Pleshey 5 miles
  • Horndon on The Hill 3 miles
  • Stock 3 1/4 miles
  • Little Baddow 3 3/4 miles
  • Belchamp St Paul 3 1/2 miles
  • Woodham Walter 4 1/4 miles
  • Purleigh 4 1/4 miles
  • Goldhanger 6 1/2 miles
  • Aldham 4 1/4 miles
  • Tillingham 4 1/2 miles
  • East Mersea 4 3/4 miles
  • Manningtree Station 4 1/2 miles

‘Essex Walks'(Pathfinder Guide), compiled by Brian Conduit

  • Laindon Common & the Bursteads 3 miles
  • Waltham Abbey & the Lee Valley 4 1/2 miles
  • The Naze & Walton Channel 4 miles
  • Hanningfield Reservoir 4 miles
  • Chipping Ongar & Greensted Church 4 1/2 miles
  • Thorndon Country Park 4 1/2 miles
  • High Woods & Colchester 4 1/2 miles
  • Finchingfield & Great Bardfield 5 miles
  • Mersea Island 5 1/2 miles
  • Weald Country Park 5 miles
  • Pleshey & Great Waltham 5 1/2 miles
  • Hatfield Forest 5 1/2 miles
  • St Osyth Creek 6 miles
  • Great Dunmow & Little Easton 5 1/2 miles
  • Thaxted 6 1/2 miles
  • Castle Hedingham & the River Colne 6 miles
  • Benfleet Downs & Hadleigh Marsh 6 1/2 miles
  • Mill Green & Blackmore 6 1/2 miles
  • Coggeshall & Feering 7 1/2 miles
  • Newport & Debden 6 1/2 miles
  • Stour Valley: Constable Country 7 1/2 miles
  • Audley Park & Wendens Ambo 7 1/2 miles
  • Ingatestone & Mountnessing 8 1/2 miles
  • Burnham & the River Crouch 8 1/2 miles
  • Maldon & the Blackwater Estuary 9 miles
  • White Notley & Cressing 9 1/2 miles
  • Epping Forest & Upshire 9 miles
  • St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell Marshes & Tillingham 11 miles

Books that can be borrowed (Stewart):

Walks into History – Essex/Laurie Page/Countryside Books

  • Epping – 4 miles
  • Colchester – 5 Miles
  • Bradwell – 6 miles
  • Maldon – 4 miles
  • Waltham Abbey – 4 miles
  • Stansted Mountfitchet – 4 miles
  • Greensted – 6 miles
  • Castle Hedingham – 5 miles
  • Cressing Temple – 4 miles
  • Hadleigh – 5 miles
  • Thaxted – 4 miles
  • Layer Marney – 3.75 miles
  • Ingatestone – 5.5 miles
  • Saffron Walden – 4.5 miles
  • Finchingfield – 4 miles
  • Dedham – 4.5 miles
  • Chappel – 4 miles
  • Tilbury – 7 miles
  • North Weald – 4 miles

Pub Walks for Motorists (Essexs, Suffolk & Norfolk)/Bannister, Pratt and Martin/Countryside Books

  • Arkesden – 5.5miles
  • Birchanger – 4 miles
  • Stapleford Tawney – 5.25 miles
  • Ashdon 5.25 miles
  • Mill Green – 3 miles
  • Horndon on the Hill – 6.75 miles
  • Stock – 3.75 miles
  • Fuller Street – 5.25 miles
  • Great Yeldham – 3.5 miles
  • Castle Hedingham – 5.5 miles
  • Gosfield – 5 miles
  • Stow Maries – 7 miles
  • Paglesham – 5.5 miles
  • Fingringhoe – 3.4 miles