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Walking in Essex describes 25 day walks across the whole of the historic county of Essex. The Essex Way is also covered in 11 stages from Manor Park, to the port of Harwich. Essex may not be the first place you think of for walking, it's varied landscape includes ancient forests and miles of coastline all within easy reach of London.
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With ancient forests, an abundance of green lanes, acres of rolling downland and 350 miles of coastline, much of it home to important bird reserves, Essex has more to offer than many walkers realise.
Essex may not be high on many walkers hit lists. In fact it probably doesn't feature at all. But to overlook this corner of England is to overlook some fantastic and varied walking.
From the saltmarsh to the chalk uplands and east London’s Epping Forest to Constable’s Dedham Vale, this guidebook shows just how much variety there is to be had in this most misunderstood of counties.
Waymarking in Essex is generally good. You'll get especially used to the distinctive concrete posts that show where many paths leave road; unique to the county of Essex, these are now over 50 years old and are weathering in a surprisingly beautiful way.
This guidebook describes 25 coastal and inland day walks covering the whole of the historic country of Essex, stretching from the Lea Valley in the west and the Thames in the south over to the North Sea and up to the River Stour in the north. Also included is a description of the Essex Way which crosses the county in 11 stages from Manor Park, on the fringes of London, to the port of Harwich - a distance of 96 miles.
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|The geology of Essex|
|Town and village|
|When to go|
|Getting there and getting around|
|Where to stay|
|Access and waymarking|
|What to take|
|Using this guide|
|Coast and Estuary|
|Walk 1 The Naze peninsula|
|Walk 2 Mersea Island|
|Walk 3 The marshes around Tollesbury|
|Walk 4 St Peter’s Chapel and Bradwell marshes|
|Walk 5 River Crouch|
|Walk 6 Leigh-on-Sea and Hadleigh Castle|
|Walk 7 Orsett Fen|
|Walk 8 Havering-atte-Bower|
|Walk 9 Hainault Forest and Lambourne|
|Walk 10 Mill Green and Writtle Forest|
|Walk 11 Danbury|
|Walk 12 Moreton and the Matchings|
|Walk 13 The River Stort at Harlow|
|Walk 14 Hatfield Forest|
|Walk 15 Debden and Widdington|
|Walk 16 Arkesden, Chrishall and Elmdon|
|Walk 17 Great Chesterford and Saffron Walden|
|Walk 18 Ashdon|
|Walk 19 Radwinter and Bendysh Woods|
|Walk 20 Thaxted and Great Easton|
|Walk 21 Finchingfield and Great Bardfield|
|Walk 22 Castle Hedingham and Hull’s Mill|
|Walk 23 Chalkney Wood and Earl’s Colne|
|Walk 24 Bures to Sudbury|
|Walk 25 Dedham|
|Across Essex: Manor Park to Harwich|
|Stage 1 Manor Park to Epping|
|Stage 2 Epping to Ongar|
|Stage 3 Ongar to Salt’s Green|
|Stage 4 Salt’s Green to Great Waltham|
|Stage 5 Great Waltham to White Notley|
|Stage 6 White Notley to Coggeshall|
|Stage 7 Coggeshall to Fordstreet Bridge|
|Stage 8 Fordstreet Bridge to Great Horkesley|
|Stage 9 Great Horkesley to Dedham|
|Stage 10 Dedham to Wrabness|
|Stage 11 Wrabness to Harwich|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|
|Appendix C Nine more long-distance paths in Essex|
|Appendix D Further reading|