Essex Way Stage 4 - Terling to Coggeshall

Type: Walk
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1d

Facilities

Routes

  • Length of route (miles) - 12
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About

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.

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Facilities

Catering

  • On-site catering - There is some catering in Terling, White Notley, Coggeshall and limited catering along others part of the trail. and limited catering along others part of the trail.
  • On-site light refreshments - There is some catering in Terling, White Notley, Coggeshall and limited catering along others part of the trail. and limited catering along others part of the trail.
  • Picnic site - All along the trail

Parking

  • Free Parking - Limited off street parking around Terling, and other villages and towns along the trail.

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Urban parts of trail around the towns and villages of Terling, White Notley, Coggeshall are suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs. Other parts of the trail are not suitable. The terrain is generally flat but can get very muddy in winter. There are some steps and stiles.
  • Countryside - Yes but some urban
  • Length of route (miles) - 12
  • Long Distance Path
  • Typical duration of route - 1 day (8hrs)
  • Woodland - Some tree cover at intervals along the trail

Suitability

  • Dog Owners - Suitable for dogs, but must be kept on leads most of the time.
  • Families

Map & Directions

  1. START/END:– Owl’s Hill, Terling, CM3 2PW
  2. Fairstead Parish Church – find 13th century wall paintings featuring the biblical stories of Balaam’s Donkey and the Last Supper above the Chancel arch. Church is sometimes closed. Fairstead Hall Rd, Chelmsford CM3 2AU
    Fairstead Parish Church
  3. Troy’s Hall – look for kestrels over crop fields.
    Troy’s Hall
  4. Pink Lane – touch avenues of oak while walking the deserted bridleway between Cressing Temple and Terling
    Pink Lane
  5. River Brain Ford – watch chub and roach dart about the shadows of still water.
    River Brain Ford
  6. 5) Fambridge Hall – listen for grasshoppers in the undergrowth around the red brick railway bridge.
    Fambridge Hall
  7. Nunn’s Bridge – sit down beside common mallow, dandelions and moon daisies along the wonderful old track into Coggeshall (do a little research and take a detour to Nunn’s Bridge if you get a chance. It’s wonderful).
    Nunn’s Bridge
  8. Long Bridge – soothe weary feat in the Blackwater at the old Horse River Bridge. There’s a bench for relaxing. The bridge arches, beneath the more recent steel girders, are made from the original bricks that monks of the neighbouring Coggeshall Abbey produced
    Long Bridge
  9. START/END:– Coggeshall

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