Saffron Trail Stage 1– Saffron Walden to Henham
- Length of route (miles) - 10
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The Saffron Trail stretches 70 miles in total from Saffron Walden to Southend, passing through five county districts: Uttlesford, Chelmsford, Rochford, Castle Point and Southend. We have split this trail into 7 stages so you can choose to complete at your own pace in whichever order you wish.
This first stretch of the Saffron Trail is 10 miles long. It starts from St Marys Church, Saffron Walden, and finishes at Henham Church. It is a patchwork of wild wood, historic churches, open farmland, and Cam riverbank.
The path becomes rural as soon as the walker enters Uttlesford’s Audley Park, and then wilder as the path leaves Audley End. It passes over the railway line into Neville Hill after about 2 miles. The trail is easily lost in the first few miles out of Saffron Walden as some of the signage is poor. Worth some map research before setting off. Take a compass and OS map.
This first leg highlights include exploring a 13th century church, picking mugwort for tea, and listening for sparrow hawks in a coppiced wood. Look out for bats around the edge of Prior’s Wood at dusk.
Please see below some of the highlights and coordinates along the route.
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