Morning walk around Great Horkesley
Meet Great Horkesley New Village Hall car park (grid ref TL 977 296, post code CO6 4EA). Please note grid reference not on the map but several hundred yards west of the postcode. An exploration of (mainly) Great Horkesley – with its woodlands, wetlands and lanes. A mix of the familiar and the rarely used. Please car share to minimise cars so that plenty of space is available to anyone hiring the hall
Circular walk to Chelmondiston
Meet Bourne Hill, Ipswich (on street parking), (grid ref TM 161 417 postcode IP2 8NH) for a walk to Chelmondiston. Picnic or Ramblers lunch at the Red Lion PH. Half day is possible as there is a Bus back to Ipswich at 1.00pm.
Evening walk around Tiptree
Meet Corner of Barbrook Lane and Grove Road Tiptree, on street parking available nearby. (grid ref TL 895 168, post code CO5 0EE). Probably a northbound loop with some woodland and some distant views.
Circular walk to Dedham
Meet at Gun Hill layby near Talbooth restaurant, (grid ref. TM 042 334, post code CO7 6HP) for a circular walk, lunch in Dedham although walkers might prefer walking straight back to the car.
Linear walk to West Bergholt
Flock by Great Horkesley’s Malvern Way bus stop (grid ref TL 978 291, post code CO6 4 TZ) when bus 2 arrives from Head Street 13.38. Linear Saunter to West Bergholt for return bus to Colchester.
Morning walk around Tiptree
Meet Corner of Barbrook Lane and Grove Road Tiptree, on street parking available nearby. (grid ref TL 895 168, post code CO5 0EE). Probably a southbound loop passing though jam factory fields and with distant views of the estuary. Choice of venues in Tiptree if you want to stay for a lunch.
Figure of 8 walk around Long Melford
Starting from the car park opposite Long Melford Hall (grid TL 865 462 postcode CO10 8DX) for a figure of eight walk in the surrounding countryside of Long Melford. Lunch in town.
Evening walk to Aldham
Meet at the Barn Plant and Garden Centre in Turkey Cock Lane (grid ref TL 932 249, post code CO3 8PD). A short walk via Aldham and the Colne Valley. The cafe will not be open unfortunately but hostelries nearby for a drink/food afterwards include the Cricketers at Fordham Heath and the Swan at Copford.
Circular walk around Copford
Meet outside Copford School Grid (grid ref TL 926 228, post code CO6 1BZ) A single circuit using some well used and some almost forgotten routes. Bring a picnic.
Circular walk around Lower Holbrook
Assemble Lower Holbrook car-park a mile off B1080 (grid ref TM 177 350, post code IP9 2RJ) for a Saunter loop. Tea and homemade cakes at Stutton Community Hall on way home.
Morning walk around West Mersea
Meet Waldegraves Holiday Park, West Mersea (grid ref TM 032 131, postcode CO5 8SE). A pleasant easy walk on footpaths and beach, some road walking. Order food before start.
Figure of 8 walk around Copford
Park in lay-by outside the primary school at Copford Green (grid ref TL 926 228, postcode CO6 1BX) for a figure of eight walk. Meet outside the Alma pub for a 10.00am start.
Evening walk around Highwoods
Meet outside Go, Turner Rise Retail Park (grid ref TL 997 265, post code CO4 5TU) for a circular walk around Highwoods.
Figure of 8 walk around Chappel
Figure of 8 walk from Chappel, park in car park under viaduct near Swan pub (grid ref TL 894 283, post code CO6 2DT). Morning out to Fordham, afternoon out to Chalkney woods. Please contact pub direct if you wish to eat there or bring picnic.
Morning walk around Langham
Meet at The Shepherd, Langham (grid ref TM 019 318, postcode CO4 5NR) for a walk in the picturesque countryside of Langham. Order food at the start of walk.
Circular walk to Kersey
Park and meet at Toppesfield Bridge, Hadleigh (grid TM 025 421 postcode IP7 5PE) for a circular walk via Kersey. Lunch stop is at The Bell Inn or a picnic at the church. Food to be ordered at start of the walk. The pub’s service charge is not included and 10% is added for parties of 8 or more.
Circular walk around Fingringhoe
Meet Fingringhoe St Andrews Church (grid ref TM 029 203, CO5 7BQ. for a saunter by the Roman River Valley.
Evening walk to Mistley and Bradfield Heath
Meet at the Manningtree end of The Walls (grid ref TM 108 319, post code CO11 1AS). Walk to Mistley and Bradfield Heath, arriving back at Manningtree via optional drinks at the award winning Red Lion.
Circular walk to Kirby Le Soken
Park at or near Frinton Railway Station, plenty of free parking in adjoining streets, (grid ref TM 234 203, post code CO13 9LH) for a walk via Great Holland to Kirby Le Soken for lunch at the church or choice of two pubs. Return via the back waters in the afternoon.
Linear walk to Highwoods
Gather at Greenstead Library (grid ref TM 022 255, post code CO4 3QE) for linear Saunter to Highwood Square, when bus 64 arrives from Head St Eb 10.11. A range of buses connect Highwoods to Town.
Morning walk around Walton on the Naze
Meet at Cliff Parade (street parking) at Walton on the Naze (grid TM 261 227 postcode CO14 8HB) for a circular walk around the Naze Peninsular. Heading initially back towards town before making our way to the sea wall. Lunch may be taken at the historic Naze Tower, which is passed shortly before the end of the walk, or at any of the multitude of eating places in the town itself.
Circular walk to Little Braxted
Meet playing fields, The Chase, Kelvedon (grid TL 862 186 postcode CO5 9AB) for a circular walk. Morning via Great Braxted. Afternoon via Rivenhall End and Felix Place. Lunch at the Green Man, Little Braxted. Order food at start of walk.
Evening walk around Stanway Green and Gosbecks
Meet at Gosbecks car park (grid ref TL 967 228, postcode CO3 0SH) for a walk through Stanway Green, Butcher’s Wood, Oliver’s and Gosbecks. Optional drink afterwards at the Leather Bottle
Circular walk to Coggeshall
Meet at PAY AND DISPLAY car park (currently free on a Sunday) behind the Conservative Club on Kelvedon High Street, (grid ref TL 861 187, post code CO5 9AB) for a circular walk to Coggeshall. Choice of places for food and refreshments, or bring a picnic.
Short walk around West Bergholt
First Step from Hall Road South in West Bergholt (grid ref TL 953 280, post code CO6 3DU) for a saunter on Colne’s north flank including Hillhouse Wood.
Morning walk around Earls Colne
Meet at the Lion pub, Earls Colne High Street (grid TL 856 289 postcode CO6 2PA) for a walk along a disused railway and Chalkney Woods. Park in pub car park if ordering lunch or in nearby roads.
Morning walk around Hadleigh
Meet in Hadleigh, Suffolk, Magdalen Road long stay car park, centre of town (grid TM 027 425 postcode IP7 5BB). It will not be the usual long hike but is without a pub stop; bring your own refreshments. If a meal is required after the walk, there are good eating places in town.
Alton Water Figure of 8
Alton Water Figure of 8. Meet at the Alton Water Visitor Centre carpark (grid ref TM 156 352, post code IP9 2RY) All day fee currently £3. Morning circuit to the East circling Holbrook and taking in the coastal path. In the afternoon a circuit to the West taking in fields and valleys and returning via the reservoir path. Lunch at the Visitor Centre or bring your own sandwiches.
Linear Walk Riverside Tavern
Ring bell for London Road Knights Gp bus stop along Kelvedon’s B1024 (grid ref TL 854 178, post code CO5 9BU) for a linear saunter to Riverside Tavern. Bus 71 departs AF Osborne St 09:55.
Morning walk around Goldhanger
Meet at the Chequers, The Square, Church Street, Goldhanger (grid TL 905 087 postcode CM9 8AS) parking in the pub car park across the road. Part of the circular walk will be along the Blackwater estuary. Food can be ordered at the start of the walk.
Figure of 8 walk around Levington
Meet at The Ship, Levington (grid TM 236 390 postcode IP10 0LQ) for a figure of eight. A.M. walk easterly along the Stour and Orwell path past the Levington Nature Reserve and Marina towards Harwich. After lunch take the westerly sea wall offering pleasant views of Pin Mill and Essex before looping round Nacton village and retracing our steps by the river.
Circular walk to Layer de la Haye
Meet at the Gosbecks free car park (grid ref TL 967 228, post code CO3 OSH) for a circular walk to Layer via Cook’s Wood, Birch and Abberton reservoir, returning through Chest Wood and Butcher’s Wood. Long morning, but short afternoon with lunch at the Donkey and Buskin. Orders taken at the start.
Short walk around Fingringhoe
Cluster along Fingringhoe’s Furneaux Lane’s verge (grid ref TM 031 200, post code CO5 7BQ) for saunter loop partly in a re-constituted landscape.
Morning walk around Chappel
Meet in The Swan car park, Chappel (grid TL 895 284 postcode CO6 2DD). A circular walk past the Chappel viaduct through lovely countryside onto Chalkney wood. Food orders to be taken at start of walk.
Figure of 8 walk around Tillingham
Meet at the Fox and Hounds, Tillingham (grid ref TL 993 037 postcode CM0 7SU) for a figure of eight walk. AM we will be going past the 12th century church out towards the “Dengie Flat” coastal path and the Tillingham Marshes (not boggy). After a splendid lunch, our route takes us inland across fields and through woods. Order food before the start. Parking in the square outside the pub or slightly further on in the public car park.
Morning walk around Wivenhoe
Park at University Car Park A Boundary Road, Wivenhoe end, (grid ref TM 032 236, postcode CO7 9HU) for a country walk taking in the local area views. Facilities can be used at the University for before and after the walk. Parking is free at the University on a Sunday.
Morning walk around Little Wenham
Meet Little Wenham Church and Castle (grid TM 081 391 postcode CO7 6QA). For short 2 loops hike. We will visit the church for the privilege of using the private drive. As the car park is small please car share. Drive to the end of Gypsy Row, the barrier goes up when close. Sadly, the pub is not open on a Wednesday. Mileage to allow time for church and walk around the moat.
Figure of 8 walk around Lamarsh
Meet at the Lamarsh Lion (grid ref TL 894 355 postcode CO8 5EP) for a figure of 8 walk in the parishes of Alphamstone, Lamarsh, Pebmarsh and Bures. Order lunch at the start of the walk. The Lamarsh Lion is now owned by the village and has been transformed.
Linear walk to Hawich
Alight by Asda bus stop Main Road Dovercourt (grid ref TM 250 314, post code CO12 4AJ) for a linear seafront Saunter to Harwich bus stance for return bus. Start walk when bus arrives from Stanwell St Bb 09:30.
Circular walk around Bradwell-on-Sea
Meet at St. Peter's Chapel car park, Bradwell-on-Sea (grid ref TM 023 078, postcode CM0 7PN), car park is at the end of East End Road. Circular walk with a visit to St. Peter's Chapel, the Othona Community (with loos, tea/coffee and biscuits £3), a close view of the power station, a "different" memorial, and a close encounter with a wind farm. Lunch at The Cricketers pub, orders taken at start. The Chapel of St Peter-on-the -Wall is a grade 1 listed building, and was built in 654 AD by St Cedd of Lindisfarne on the ruins of the abandoned Roman fort of Othona.
Short walk around Great Wigborough
Unite at the Visitors’ car-park Abbotts Hall Farm in Great Wigborough (grid ref TL 963 145, post code CO5 7RZ). From Kings Head House on B1026 travel east and espy a bungalow roof with a background of trees, that is the entrance. Permissive paths on working farm courtesy Essex Wildlife Trust.
Morning walk around Chappel
Meet at The Swan Inn, Chappel (grid TL 895 284 postcode CO6 2DD). The walk starts and finishes at the Swan. Along the way you will pass Chappel Station, the former White Colne Station and hopefully see some spectacular views along the Colne Valley, including the Chappel viaduct as we return to the Swan. Lunch to be booked before the leisurely walk.
Figure of 8 walk around Layer-de-la-Haye
Meet at Donkey & Buskins in Layer-de-la-Haye (grid ref TL 974 208 postcode CO2 0HU). A figure of eight walk, the morning through Friday Woods and along the Roman River then Layer Woods in the afternoon.
Le Grand Tour de Bures
Le Grand Tour de Bures, meet at Bures Village Hall, grid TL 908 339, postcode CO8 5BW) Bring food and drink for the day (no pub stop). A beautiful walk, never more than 2.5 miles from Bures (so escape possible) I hope to finish the walk by 5 pm. Please note early start
Circular walk around Lavenham
Leisurely circular walk around Lavenham. (grid ref Tl 914 489, post code CO10 9RT) .Meet CP behind the Cock Horse Inn. For a leisurely amble around Lavenham making use of dismantled railway, with time to enjoy the varied scenery.
Morning walk around Messing
Meet near the church in Messing (grid ref TL 897 189 postcode CO5 9TR) for a walk to Kelvedon and back. If you are intending to eat at the Old Crown afterwards you should be able to order from 9.45am and use their car park.
Figure of 8 walk around Nayland
Meet at The Anchor Inn, Nayland (grid TL 974 341 postcode CO6 4JL). A picturesque walk in the morning up the side of and along the Stour Valley. After lunch a short walk above Nayland using Stour Valley path. Order lunch in pub before start of walk. Parking is limited in Anchor CP, there is a layby just to the west of the river. Otherwise parking on the road.
Linear walk to Brightlingsea
Start from near Brightlingsea All Saints Church, B1029 (grid ref TM 077 187, post code CO7 0RZ). Linear saunter to breakfast near Bateman’s Tower. Bus return No 62 or 87 from Community Centre to All Saints at least.
Circular walk to Glemsford
Meet at CP opposite Melford Hall (grid ref TL 865 462, postcode CO10 9DX) for a circular walk, past Kentwell Hall, Stansted Great Wood to Glemsford, returning to Long Melford. Bring picnic.
Circular walk around Stratford St, Mary
Park Lower Street kerbside Stratford St Mary (grid ref TM 042 341, post code CO7 6JR) by weir betwixt Black Horse and Swan for Saunter loop in Stourdale.
Morning walk around Earls Colne
Meet at The Lion, High Street, Earls Colne (grid TL 857 289 postcode CO6 2PA). There is room for a few cars in the pub car park at the rear accessed from Burrows Road. Alternative parking in the Queens Road car park or local side roads. A circular walk around Earls Colne, encompassing the golf course, the disused railway line and Chalkney woods. Meals can be ordered at the start of the walk. There is also a good choice of other places to eat in Earls Colne.
Figure of 8 walk around Brantham
Meet at the Bull at Brantham (grid ref TM 122 345 postcode CO11 1PN). Figure of eight. A lovely Suffolk countryside walk with fantastic views of The Stour. Morning along the Stour Estuary to Stutton Ness, afternoon along lanes through Cattawade and Brantham. Order food at the start (pub open from 09.30am).
Short walk around Fingringhoe
Greet in Donyland’s Wood layby B1025 near Manwood Bridge (grid ref TM 011 206, post code CO2 0BY) for a saunter loop in Roman River Valley.
Circular walk around Danbury
Danbury Woodland Circuit. Meet at Danbury Common National Trust carpark off Bicknacre Road (grid ref TL 782 044, post code CM3 4JJ) for a delightful walk around Danbury taking in numerous woods, commons, hills and valleys. Lunch at The Generals Arms, Little Baddow. Lunch orders taken at the start of the walk. Car park currently free
Short walk around Heybridge
Swarm in Daisy Meadow free car-park Heybridge Basin off B1026 (grid ref TL 870 069, post code CM9 4RP) for a saunter loop mostly waterside.
Morning walk around Abberton
Meet Abberton Wildlife Trust Visitors’ Centre (grid TL 959 183, nearest postcode CO2 0EU). Walk will be on high ground overlooking Abberton reservoir, via Rows Farm, Layer Church, Layer village, Malting Green, Fields Farm Road, Blind Knights and Wick Farm. Finishes 13.00 hours. Eatery Abberton Wildlife Trust Visitors’ Centre, soft drinks, coffee, tea etc. No alcohol. Selection of jacket potatoes with filling of your choice and salad. Sandwiches and cake. Toilets at centre.
Circular walk to Tattingstone
Meet in lay-by at Cattawade Old Bridge (grid ref TM 101 330 postcode CO11 1RE) for a circular walk to Tattingstone and return. Lunch at the Wheatsheaf, Tattingstone. Orders taken at start.
Circular walk to Assington
Meet at Bures Community Centre , Nayland Road, Bures (grid ref TL 908 338, post code CO8 5BX) Exit Bures using the St Edmund Way past the ancient Chapel and Dragon into Arger Fen and through Spouse’s Vale Nature Park to reach Assington for lunch. Return lanes and pleasant footpaths through Tiger Wood and back to cars. Lunch orders for Shoulder of Mutton at Assington taken at start.
Morning walk around Messing
Meet at The Crown, Messing (grid TL 897 189 postcode CO5 9TU). Some street parking as well as pub. Pre-order lunch. Circular walk includes three woods bedecked, we hope, with autumn colours.
Figure of 8 walk around Little Bromley
Meet at The Haywain, Bentley Road, Lt. Bromley (grid ref TM 102 278, postcode CO11 2PL). A figure of eight walk towards Mistley Heath in the morning and Gt. Bromley in the afternoon. Order lunch at start of walk.
Short walk around West Mersea
Begin from left-side layby of West Mersea’s B1025 road on the island within sight of The Strood (grid ref TM 015 144, post code CO5 8RU). Estuaryside seawall saunter to breakfast at Blackwater Pearl by The Hard. Return to lay-by afoot.
Circular walk to Lavenham
Meet in Long Melford at the car park, (grid ref TL 865 461, post code CO 109AA) for a circular walk via Lavenham incl. Kenwell Hall, Bridge Street and the Lavenham rail way walk. Choice of eating places in Lavenham or bring picnic.
Short walk around Fordham
Car Park courtesy Woodland Trust at Quilter Green, Fordham (grid ref TL 927 286, post code CO6 3LZ) for a Saunter in an emerging forest wearing its autumn colours.
Morning walk around Tolleshunt Knights
Meet at Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort Car Park Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knights (grid TL 935 135 postcode CM9 8HX) for a walk over fields in open countryside. Lunch at the Café/Bar at the Five Lakes country club or bring picnic.
Circular walk to Long Melford
Meet free car park opposite church at Lavenham (grid TL 914 489 postcode CO10 9RT) for a circular walk to Long Melford via Bridge Street. PICNIC lunch with time for quick drink at local pub or garden centre.
Circular walk to Flatford Mill
Meet at Red Lion car park East Bergholt (grid ref TM 069 346, post code CO7 6TB). A circular walk through East Bergholt and Warren Wood in the morning, Lunch by Flatford Mill, picnic or at National Trust Tea Room. Afternoon along River Stour and to Lawford church.
Linear walk to Lexden
Congregate Lower Scheregate Abbey Street junction (grid ref TL 996 249, post code CO2 7AH) for linear Saunter to Lexden Fire & Rescue, and bus back to town.
Morning walk around Great Horkesley
Meet Yew Tree pub, Gt.Horkesley along A134, (grid ref TL 977 304 postcode CO6 4EG). We will walk westwards through pretty countryside to Breedon Hall, Knowles Farm and back via Mount Hall. Order food beforehand.
Circular walk to Earls Colne
Meet at Chappel Viaduct car park (grid ref TL 896 283 postcode CO6 2DD). An autumnal walk in the Colne Valley. Choice of eating places in Earls Colne or bring a picnic.
Pre AGM Walk
Ramblers AGM. Pre AGM Walk – Meet Park Free Car Park, High Street, Wivenhoe (grid ref TM 038 217, post code CO7 9DZ) for walk going through the woods, taking in views of the Colne, towards Alresford.
Short walk around Great Tey
Team up in Great Tey, Verge parking near Dowsland Green off A120: Salmon Lane becomes East Gores Road which winds through Dowsland Green to join Coggeshall Road. (grid ref TL 876 246, post code CO6 1SA) Saunter loop in upper Roman River valley.
Morning walk around Tollesbury
Meet Woodrolfe Road CP (grid TL 964 106 postcode CM9 8RY) for a walk out to Essex Wildlife Trust’s Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve. Various lunch options at the Marina.
Figure of 8 walk around Castle Hedingham
Meet and park at the Bell Inn in Castle Hedingham (grid ref TL 786 355 postcode CO9 3EJ) for a figure of eight walk. AM walk going north towards North End (where else!) and pm, the walk borders on to Sible Hedingham. Great views of the magnificent castle which has the best preserved Norman keep in England with 11ft (3.4m) thick walls at the base. Order food before the start.
Morning walk around Colchester
Meet outside Colchester Castle, by entry of bridge (grid ref TL 998 252, post code CO1 1TW) for a morning walk only through the castle park along the river Colne towards the Hythe. Choice of pubs, Cafes and restaurants in the town centre.
Morning walk around Greenstead
Meet Odeon cinema, Head St. (grid TL 993 250 postcode CO1 1NH) to catch a bus. Walk via Crocklford Mill and the foothills of Greenstead. Lunch in town. Early Christmas lunch at the Playhouse with me or somewhere a spot more upmarket if you prefer!
Figure of 8 walk around Nayland
Meet at the Anchor Inn, Nayland (grid TL 974 340 postcode CO6 4JL) for a figure of eight walk in surrounding countryside of Nayland. Returning to the pub for lunch.