Essex Way Stage 4 - Terling to Coggeshall
- Length of route (miles) - 12
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The fourth stage of the Essex Way is 12 miles long. The walk starts from Terling and finishes at Coggeshall, by the River Blackwater. Much of this trail is defined by the rivers Brain and Blackwater – a journey between the two waterways that feed Braintree (Brain) and Coggeshall (Blackwater). These waterways are why both towns exist.
The Essex Way stretches 82 miles in total from Epping Station to Harwich Old Lighthouse. Along this fourth section, the Brain offers walkers the opportunity to take an early brunch beside the riverbank. Other places of interest include the churches at Fairstead and Cressing.
Another highlight is the river Blackwater as it enters Coggeshall. There is a wooden seat beside the river and road offering a nice place to sit and rest after the day’s walk and before finding dinner in the town. Look out for perch swimming in the water under the Long Bridge. Worth a paddle in trainers. Please see below for some of the points of interest between Terling and Coggeshall.
Content provided by Stephen Neale