6 Of The Best Walks in Essex


The weather is looking up in Essex right now, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine by exploring the walks we have available to us through the Essex countryside.

We’ve picked our favourite nearby walks to take this summer from EssexWalks.com. Click on each title to learn more details about the route, as well as to download directions, maps and photos.

Quendon Walk Near Stansted

3.5 miles

This is an easy walk through the rural West Essex countryside, following clearly signposted, well-maintained roads.

Start off in Quendon Church car park and follow the route over a field next to Quendon’s bluebell woods, looking out over the M11 valley.

Continue to the village of Ugley where you can stop at The Chequers for a bite to eat, or if you prefer, carry on along the route until you get to The Cricketers Arms in Rickling Green.

This route comes full circle and finishes back at the Quendon Church car park, making it a lovely stroll.

Debden Walk Near Saffron Walden

6.75 miles

You can start this walk from two locations depending on how to travel. Either drive or get the bus and start from Debden Church car park or get the train to Newport and start from the station. It is suggested that if you use the Church’s car park, you visit the Church as well.

This walk takes you through the old Debden Hall estate with views of the lake, into woodland and out across the open countryside, all with beautiful views.

Depending on where you start, you can choose to take a break in The Plough in Debden, or The White Horse in Newport.

Little Hallingbury Walk Near Bishops Stortford

4 miles

If you want a walk with diversity, this route is for you. It starts with a riverside stroll and ends with a more hilly farmland walk, making for a great circuit through the Essex countryside.

Near the start, you will find Little Hallingbury Mill on Mill Lane which is a well-preserved water mill and a great sight for this walk.

Carrying on, you will come to a river that you follow for the first half of the walk. As you make your way along you will find locks, boats and thatched cottage to enjoy, as well as beautiful sights.

The walk back takes you across the hills of the Essex border, through fields and woods and finally to the village of Little Hallingbury where you can recharge at The George before the final stroll back to the car park where you began.

Shalford Walk Near Braintree

3.5 miles

This walk is a pleasant stroll through the Essex countryside and the village of Shalford.

You will meander along hills with beautiful views over fields and valleys, taking you along to several old farms that date back many centuries. You’ll also follow the trickling waters of the River Pant for part of the journey.

This charming route then takes you towards St Andrews Church in Shalford which is usually open during the day for you to visit.

Take the opportunity to grab a locally brewed ale from The George.

Bocking Walk Near Braintree

6 miles

This is an easy, gentle walk across open farmland close to Braintree. The farmland paths are marked clearly and easy to follow, being wide enough for two people to walk next to each other.

This route is mostly flat making it ideal for a gentle stroll with pretty views over the Essex countryside and a peaceful atmosphere to enjoy.

In Bocking, you can grab some refreshments at The Retreat and enjoy the Victorian houses along Church Street.

Stebbing Walk Near Great Dunmow

7 miles

This is a simple circular walk that takes you through open fields and along the River Chelmer running through Great Dunmow.

As this is an open walk, you are treated to great views across the mid-Essex countryside. If there is a bit of wind, don’t forget clothing to keep you warm as there isn’t much protection from the breeze.

The walk takes you through Stebbing and Great Dunmow, both of which offer options for a break. Grab a bite to eat at The White Heart in Stebbing, or try a tasty burger at The Angel and Harp in Great Dunmow. On a nice day you can enjoy their beer garden while you relax.

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