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The Flitch Way Country Park stretches almost 15 miles along the track of the former railway line between Braintree and Bishop's Stortford which opened in 1869.  Although the last passenger train ran in 1952, goods continued to be carried until the end of 1971.  Most of the track was removed in 1972 with the final stretch towards the Bishops's Stortfor end going in 1974.

Originally purchased by Essex County Council in 1989 as a possible alternative route to the A120, the site opened as the Flitch Way with the first Ranger appointed in 1994 and provides a safe, traffic-free environment for walkers, cyclists and in some sections, horse riders.

A variety of landscapes and habitatis can be found along the Flitch Way ranging from open stretches affording views of farmland on either side of the track to enclosed areas such as the Dunmow Cutting.

This walk starts at Braintree Station, at the start of the Flitch Way and finishes at Rayne where there is a Booking Hall cafe and a Railway Carriage Museum. A very enjoyable walk with beautiful countryside in abundance.

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Flitch Way with Essex and South Suffolk Railways walks

Type:Walking Route

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