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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Sunday Walk: Essex hills, woods and villages

Wendens Ambo Circular
Length: 17.5km (10.8 miles) or 23.7km (14.7 miles)

Toughness: 3/10 or 5/10

10:18 Cambridge train from Liverpool Street (Tottenham Hale 10:40) arriving at Audley End at 11:34.

Semi-fast return trains direct to Liverpool Street are at xx:47 (journey time 67 mins). Or take the stopping service at xx:10 (journey time 74 mins).

This is a peaceful walk through rolling hills, woods and pretty villages in north-west Essex on the Cambridgeshire borders. With a rather late start you’ll probably prefer to choose the early lunch stop after just 3 miles, The Axe & Compasses (01799 550272) at Arkesden, even if you plan to do the full walk. The later pub, The Red Cow in Chrishall after 8 miles, could be a welcome second refreshment stop before resuming the walk. If doing the shorter walk, the villages of Chrishall and Elmdon are omitted.

You will need to download the walk directions.


1 comment:

Kae said...

Well this was a first for me but n=1 today, even with w=sun_and_cloud_mix_with_humidity . I suppose the thought of swimming and climbing a cliff on the coast was far more alluring for others. I can’t understand why. The miles of following field boundary after field boundary after field boundary was exquisite.

I do jest, but the first half of the walk was very enjoyable, even if just in my own company. The churches were interesting, especially the Cutte memorial. They were worth the visit, and a bit of a reprieve from the humidity. The road walking wasn’t too bad but the last few miles through the fields was a bit of a slough.

I picnicked so I can’t comment on the pubs but I would personally would recommend getting an earlier train and lunching at the second pub. The first one was too early, even with the later train.

Just one note on the directions and that is that the Harcamlow way is now signed, which must have happened since the last walk check. It does make that section a bit easier.

A nice walk overall.