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.
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English Heritage and historic Essex.
Saffron Walden town trail.
Routes around Southend and the Roach Valley.
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.
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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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.
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.