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The third stretch of the Saffron Trail is 10 miles long. It starts from Great Dunmow and finishes at Great Waltham.  This part of the trail is shaped by the geography of the Chelmer and Ter, and the wildlife that thrives in wet river valleys.

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.

This part of the trail leaves from the River Chelmer, Great Dunmow, before winding down to the Uttlesford arm of the Flitch Way. The best time to walk the Flitch is in late August and September when wild plums, greengage and cherries are ripe – albeit the birds take the cherries quick. There’s a magical atmosphere about Langley’s Deer Park. Woodland and watery dells pepper shallow grass, hills, and grazing stock. It feels like the outline of a manicured park that has been seduced by a wilder nature.

Highlights of this stretch include the fishponds and water channels around Leez Priory. Merlins and kestrels can be seen hunting for vowels and small birds. Keep a lookout for the wild cherry trees.

Please see below some of the highlights between Great Dunmow and Great Waltham.

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  • Disabled toilets - Dunmow Library; White Hart Way, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1FS


  • On-site catering - There is 24hr catering in Great Dunmow and limited catering along others part of the trail
  • On-site light refreshments - There is 24hr catering in Great Dunmow and limited catering along others part of the trail
  • Picnic site - All along the trail


  • Free Parking - Limited off-street parking around Great Dunmow and other villages and towns along the trail.
  • Parking with charge - Public car parks in Great Dunmow. Chequers Lane Car Park, Chequers Ln, Great Dunmow, CM6 1EQ

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets - White Street Car Park, Great Dunmow, Essex


  • Accessibility of route - Urban parts of trail around the towns and villages of Great Dunmow 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) - 10
  • Linear Route
  • Long Distance Path
  • Typical duration of route - 1 day (8 hours)


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


Map & Directions

Road Directions

If you are travelling by car from London, take the M11 and then the A120 to Great Dunmow. If travelling from the north take the M11 and then exit on the A120 junctions. If visiting from Colchester or Suffolk follow either the A12 or A120.

Public Transport Directions

Neither Great Dunmow nor Great Waltham are served directly by rail services. The nearest station is 4 miles south of Great Waltham at Chelmsford. The Chelmsford Line is one of the two main lines that operate out of Liverpool Street. For more information, please call Greater Anglia on 0845 600 7245 or visit https:// The X30 bus runs between Great Dunmow High Street and Broomfield Hospital (1.5 miles south of Great Waltham) There are 14 bus services into Great Dunmow from Stansted, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford and Southend. For live timetables check or or or Bus services to Great Waltham include the numbers 10,42, 42A and X10 operated by FirstBus. For more visit

Saffron Trail Stage 3 – Great Dunmow to Great Waltham

Type:Walking Route

Great Dunmow, Essex

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