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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday Walk - Ingatestone to Battlesbridge or Wickford

Length: 24.8 km (15.4 mi) [or 18.8 km/11.7 mi to Wickford]
Ascent/Descent:  230/277 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness:  4 out of 10 
Take the 10.18 Clacton-on-Sea train from Liverpool Street (Stratford 10.25), arrives Ingatestone 10.45.
Return trains from Battlesbridge:  16.00, 16.38 (both: chg Wickford), 17.30, 18.23 (chg Wickford); from 45 minutes. And from Wickford: xx.11, xx.31, xx.51 (from 37 minutes).
Buy an Ingatestone return. You then may have to buy a Battlesbridge to Wickford single as well.

“This rewarding Essex walk avoids major roads and all remnants of industry and suburbia to initially traverse through grassy fields in the Wid Valley and follow the Wid itself for a while, before ascending through a wood to the lunch stop in Stock. Afterwards several charming woods and Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve are passed through, before an early tea stop in South Hanningfield is reached. From there the route descends through more woods and fields into the Crouch Valley to the finish in Battlesbridge.”

Lunch: The Bakers Arms (food to 14.30) or The Hoop (food to 14.30) or The Bear Inn (food to 15.00), all in Stock.
Tea: Café on the Water at Hanningfield Reservoir, a pub en route in Hanningfield and one by Battlesbridge station plus other options (see pdf for details).
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files  click here.

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