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Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Blackwater Valley and Coggeshall

SWC Walk 216 - Kelvedon Circular 

Length: 23.3 km (14.4 miles) or 16.3 km (10 miles)
Toughness: longer walk: 4 out of 10; shorter walk: 2 out of 10

London Liverpool Street: 10-02 hrs   Ipswich service
Arrive Kelvedon: 10-51 hrs

Return:  16-23, 16-52, 17-23, 18-00, 18-32 and 18-54 hrs

Just over a mile and a half into today's walk you have a tranquil leg beside the Blackwater River before you arrive in the market town of Coggeshall with its many historic buildings.  Of the many buildings of interest it is well worth visiting Paycocke's and Grange Barn.  You can either have lunch in the town at one of the five pubs or restaurants mentioned in the Directions, or for those on the longer walk you can wait until you reach Bouchiers Barn Cafe on the edge of Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.
The afternoon leg is mostly over vast fields or along field edges until you reach the village of Feering. Then your homeward leg takes you back to Kelvedon for tea at the Swan Inn or the Railway Tavern, close to the railway station.
This lovely walk in Essex seldom disappoints.
Walk Directions here L=swc.216


Marcus said...

Rail & Underground Strikes: This Thursday 05 October RMT are due to go on strike on Greater Anglia trains, and ASLEF are due to go on strike on London Underground. Both are likely to inconvenience travel to Liverpool Street and Kelvedon. If the strikes are not called off by mid-day Tuesday 03 October I will CANCEL this walk and re-schedule it for another time. Disappointing maybe, but no great hardship as mid-week walkers still have a walk planned for Wednesday 04 October this week.

Marcus said...

As at 6 pm Tuesday 03 October the underground strike planned for Thursday 05 October is OFF but the rail strike remains ON. Greater Anglia expect to operate a near full service, so let's live dangerously and go ahead with the walk.

PeteB said...

Just n=3 on this fine Essex walk and we enjoyed ideal autumn walking weather with w=sunny-skies-and-a-fresh-breeze. Conditions underfoot were firm and dry. We reached Coggeshall just after 12 which allowed time for a visit to Grange Barn and Paycocke's. We hoped to eat at the ancient Woolpack Inn but the catering staff were on holiday so we walked back to the White Hart hotel for a decent lunch and in my case a quaffable Merlot!
After lunch one of our number walked on to visit the arboretum whilst the two old codgers - Peteb and Marcus decided to amble back to Kelvedon which we reached just after 4pm for a relaxing cup of tea at the Railway Arms and then the 4.52 train back to London. An excellent day out in select company.