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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Wakes Colne to Bures

t=1.46 Length: 18km / 11m
Toughness: 5/10
Transport: Take the 10:02 from London Liverpool Street, change at Marks Tey to arrive at Wakes Colne at 11:07
Return from Bures is at xx:33

From the description:
Many walkers associate Essex with flat landscapes, surly pubs and badly maintained footpaths. This walk suffers only from this last failing – in summer, one 400 metre stretch near the end (just past point [8]) can be invaded by almost head-high nettles or vegetation, so wear long trousers and take a walking pole and compass if possible. Other paths on this walk can also be overgrown in high summer. For the rest, the walk is delightful. Since the last edition there have been some path diversions and a new route is now recommended between Chalkney Wood and Earls Colne. Chappel & Wakes Colne, the station where the walk starts, is a railway museum on every side, with old carriages on display. The village and church at Chappel are a foretaste of the lovely architecture to come, along the Colne Valley, such as fine thatched barns and cottages and the neo-Tudor mansion of Colne Priory. The lunch pub at Colne Engaine is just past the church, and then the route follows the side of a fishing lake (not marked on old OS maps, as it was only created in 1995). Brooks, farms, woods and undulating hills lead into tea at one of the pubs in Bures.


Anonymous said...

Five of us off the train for this lovely Essex/Suffolk borders walk. We especially enjoyed the beautiful sight and scent of bluebells in the woods. We endured stinging hail stones indespersed with spells of warm sunshine and overall the weather was kind, if a bit chilly at times. Unusually we all had packed a sandwich so we ate together in St Andrews church yard before being made to feel very welcome in the Five Bells for hot drinks. Cracking on, we hardly passing another soul on this thoroughly enjoyable walk catching the 16.33 from Bures to be back in Stratford at 17.30. Well worth the trip.

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