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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Sunday Walk: Kelvedon Circular - Old Essex and the Blackwater Valley

Toughness 3/10
Length: 10, 12, or 14.4 miles (16.3, 19.3 or 23.2 km.)
Highlights of this walk include an old mill, medieval abbey buildings, and Grange Barn (said to be the oldest timber-framed building in Europe). The town of Coggeshall, visited at lunchtime, has over 300 listed buildings, many of them medieval, including an ornate 15th C merchants house (Paycockes). There's another old barn, an optional lunch venue, at Marks Hall Gardens on the long walk.
Trains: take the 10:02 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street, arriving Kelvedon at 11:00.
Return trains at xx:41.
Lunch: There are many options in Coggeshall, see the walk notes. Some of the pubs (eg Chapel Inn, Woolpack) are ancient.
If doing the full walk, you can also visit Bouchier’s Barn CafĂ© at Marks Hall (01376 563 796).
Tea: The Sun Inn, Feering Hill  is recommended. A little later, there's the Railway Tavern near Kelvedon station.
Visiting: You can see the outside of  both Grange Barn and Paycockes for free. If you want to look inside, joint admission is £7.90. Admission to Marks Hall Gardens is £6.
Walk Directions here. The shorter versions cut out all or part of the Marks Hall loop.

1 comment:

sylvia said...

Four of us turned up on this grey day for a pleasant if unspectacular walk. There are some nice bridleways and pretty paths alongside small rivers. The highlight is visiting Coggeshall which is full of beautiful old buildings, and hats off to the National Trust at Paycocke's which for once allows you free entry to the rather sweet gardens and allotment. (We're not all members.) The rain unexpectedly came down in the morning rather than the afternoon, and one walker bailed out at lunchtime due to lack of waterproofs and caught the bus. Another walker had similarly got wet but dried off in the pub (White Hart, okayish for food but nothing special) and then three of us carried on, rain having stopped. We did shortcut I option, about 10 or 11 miles, caught the 17.41 train home after a decent cuppa tea in The Sun at Kelvedon.