Image of a couple walking along the River Stour among a herd of colourful cows.

Pick your route, pull on your boots and get walking!

The gently rolling landscape of Essex, sprinkled with rivers and lit by constantly changing East Anglian skies, miles of country lanes, hidden byways, bridleways and public footpaths is best explored by walking. Walk our most famous long-distance 81 mile path, The Essex Way from the London Underground Central Line at Epping to the historic salt-washed port of Harwich or try one of our shorter walks. Meander through some of the county's most beautiful rural areas passing through many charming villages and towns.

Do it your way. Pick your route, pull on your boots and get walking!

The gently rolling landscape of Essex, sprinkled with rivers and lit by constantly changing East Anglian skies, miles of country lanes, hidden byways, bridleways and public footpaths is best explored by walking.

A group of three people walking along a path at Thorndon Country Park.

Thorndon Country Park

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Sensational saltmarshes and blissful sailing.
Routes around Burnham and the Dengie.
Picture of a couple walking in front of St Peter's on the Wall chapel in Bradwell-on-SeaBounded by the North Sea and the rivers Crouch and Blackwater, the Dengie is a beguiling mix of the country's richest arable farming, thatched and weather-boarded villages. In Burnham-on-Crouch, the major town of the Dengie, you get the lot - great places to stay and eat, riverside walks and pubs, art galleries, gorgeous Georgian homes and even an eccentric octagonal bell tower.
Maritime memories.
Harwich maritime trail.
Picture of a girl walking in front of the harwich Low Lighthouse.The maritime town of Harwich stands at the tip of a peninsula in north east Essex commanding the entrance to a magnificent harbour. There are fine views over the busy harbour, especially from The Ha'penny Pier, with vessels of all shapes and sizes constantly moving. Harwich makes an excellent place to visit, with its narrow medieval streets and many interesting visitor attractions.
Oyster beds and vineyard tours.
Routes around Mersea Island.
A couple standing in front of a boat stuck in the mud at Mersea Island.Mersea Island is ideal for indulging in walking and watersports such as sailing and wind surfing. There are excellent bird watching opportunities as the island teems with wading birds. What is most memorable to many is the fresh seafood. Sit in a restaurant beside the sea, watch the daily catch come in and savour it a few minutes later together with some Mersea wine from the island's own vineyard.

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English Heritage and historic Essex.
Saffron Walden town trail.

A man walking in the forground and colourful cottages in the background.This very attractive town, set in unspoilt rural countryside, has some of the finest preserved examples of a quintessential medieval market town. Within its Conservation Area you can find examples of every style of architecture from the 12th to the 21st century. Spend hours walking through the town admiring the many buildings of special architectural or historic interest. So why not stay longer and enjoy this enchanting gem in the north east of our county?
Rural sites and seaside delights.
Routes around Southend and the Roach Valley
. A family walking along the Southend seafront with beach huts in the background.

The trail is using Southend-on-Sea as a base where you and your family can enjoy a variety of activities. But just beyond the confines of the town lies a variety of landscapes, from the ancient woodlands of Hockley in the west to the coastal margins of the Roach and Crouch estuaries in the south and north. Often decribed as moody and of subtle shapes and colours, a place of shifting margins and hauntingly beautiful cloudscapes.

The Essex Way
Ancient woodlands and open farmland.

PIcture of the front cover of the walk showing a poppy and countryside.

The Essex Way is a long-distance path stretching from Epping to Harwich a distance of 81 miles. You can walk it in stages, or make a holiday of it staying in accommodation along the way. The path will lead you through ancient woodlands, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes, visiting historic towns and villages along the way. Walk the Essex Way and celebrate some of the finest countryside in the county!

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The 29-mile-long route goes from Tilbury Town all the way to Leigh-on-Sea. It's dominated by grazing marsh, creeks, mudflats and salt marsh and is suitable for walkers. Some sections can also be used by cyclist and horse riders.

Slicing through the Essex countryside along the former Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree railway line, this largely level, wildlife-rich track is accessible year-round and perfect for little legs. Stop off for afternoon tea at the old station now a café.

Picture of the house from across a lake with the reflexion on the water.

Whether you're after a long ramble or a short stroll, the National Trust offers some great walks you might like to try; from exploring Hatfield Forest to some of our hidden gems like Danbury Common and Blake's Wood.

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Featured Country Parks

Danbury Country Park

Chelmsford 01245 437769

 
 
 
Hadleigh Park

Benfleet 01702 551072

 
 
 
High Woods Country Park

Colchester 01206 853588

 
 

Featured Nature Reserves

 
 
RSPB South Essex Marshes

Basildon 01268 498620

 
 
 
RSPB Wallasea Island

Rochford 01268 498620