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Essex Delights for Free!

Essex Delights for Free!

Morning - Start your day at Cressing Temple, home of the massive and beautiful timber barns built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century.  Wander around the restored farm buildings and enjoy the Paradise walled garden, lovingly recreated in recent times in the original Tudor style when gardens were a source of food, healing and cleaning products!  Old varieties of apple, quince and walnut trees share their home with medicinal herbs, dye-yielding plants and sweet-scented plants, used to decorate the home.  Picnic in the pleasant grounds or take lunch at the Tiptree Tea Rooms on site.  


Afternoon - Braintree Village is only a short journey away and the best place nearby for some retail therapy or you might fancy Great Notley Country Park, a  fantastic space for enjoying some fresh air.  Bring your own kite or football or just enjoy walking and nature watching in this beautiful country park.  Relax whilst watching the kids play on Essex’s longest play trail at 1.2km which boasts a giant see-saw, sand pits and tyre swings.

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  1. Cressing Temple Barns

    Cressing

    Historically the most important - and dimensionally the largest - of the Knights Templar's Essex landholdings, Cressing Temple is a fascinating medieval moated farmstead boasting the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world.

  2. Great Notley Country Park

    Great Notley Country Park covers some 100 acres of open space, which is managed for the benefit of wildlife and the community. It's home to the longest Kid's Play Trail in Essex.

  3. Braintree Village

    Braintree

    Discover Braintree Village, an outlet shopping village in the heart of Essex, where over 80 premium aspirational brands such as Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reiss, BOSS and Kate Spade New York can be found at great value, outlet prices.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Cressing Temple Barns (51.83746,0.61163)Great Notley Country Park (51.86352,0.51745)6.39
Great Notley Country Park (51.86352,0.51745)Tiptree Tea Room at The Barns at Cressing Temple (51.83695,0.61062)6.35
Tiptree Tea Room at The Barns at Cressing Temple (51.83695,0.61062)Braintree Village (51.86962,0.57118)4.08
Total Distance *16.82 miles
Estimated Journey Time32 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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