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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sunday walk: Essex woods and fields

Extra Walk 114 – Laindon Circular
Length: 20.8km (12.9 miles) Toughness: 6/10

10:25 Shoeburyness train from Fenchurch Street (West Ham 10:35) arriving at Laindon at 10:58.

Return trains are at xx:11 and xx:41 (journey time 39 mins).

This is a pleasant easy walk through the Essex countryside with some gentle climbs after lunch. Much of the route traverses a delightful area of partly-wooded upland with some fine views, though you have to cross a section of typical Essex large, and possibly muddy, arable fields before and after lunch. Some sections of path may be overgrown (see the walk’s Comments page) so long trousers could be advisable.

Two short cuts are available which together reduce the length of the walk to 9.8 miles.

The recommended lunchtime pub, The Bell Inn in Horndon on the Hill (01375 642463), has been praised by earlier walkers. Tea stops in Laindon have not yet been researched, so if you find a nice tea place, please post a report on this walk’s Feedback page.

More information can be found on the Laindon Circular Walk page, and the walk directions can be downloaded here.



Anonymous said...

anyone going on this one please?

Fiona said...

I am going

Anonymous said...

9 off the train, 1 by car, plus a late entrant by the following train. So n=11 in w=beautiful-late-summer-sunshine. Lovely views out over the estuary and back into the great Wen on the morning trek, a little less than perfect due to the heat haze. Everyone opted for the Bell, perhaps dissuaded by the ads outside the Swan for Ladies night, and Cockney night! The Bell was very busy, but all were served outside with excellent quality food at reasonable prices, though the same couldn’t be said for the lime and soda at £2.65.
Most opted for the afternoon extension and reached the Plotlands with its excellent cafe before its summer closing time of 5pm. Tea, coffee, ice cream and superb home made cakes were served by the mostly senior citizen volunteers. These lovely people have been forbidden by Health and Safety from refilling water bottles, and don’t try the loos, as they are all converted to hot water only. All they could do was to sell plastic bottles of water, adding to the woes of planet Earth. A marvellous walk over hills and through woods in an atmosphere pregnant with autumnal possibilities.