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18-Aug-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Bridge End Garden, Saffron Walden

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Bridge Street, Saffron Walden

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Essex farmland

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Monk's Barn, Newport

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Great Chesterford to Newport (Essex) walk

Through rolling hills and river valleys to the historic market town of Saffron Walden and one of Britain's finest stately homes

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 11-Mar-18 5

Sunday Walk: Great Chesterford to Newport (Essex)

SWC Walk 130
18.75 km 11.7 miles
(or 14.25 km 8.9 miles finishing at Audley End)
Difficulty 4/10

A varied walk through the rolling fields of north Essex to Saffron Walden. There you'll find half timbered buildings, an impressive church, remains of a Norman castle, an ancient turf labyrinth, and Bridge End Gardens. The afternoon goes through the parkland of Audley End and continues along the Harcamlow Way to Newport. It is possible to shorten the walk by finishing at Audley End station.
Trains:
9:43 Cambridge North train from Liverpool Street (Hackney Downs 9:50, Seven Sisters 9:57), arriving Great Chesterford at 11:05). Get a return to Great Chesterford.
Return from Newport at xx:13.
Or from Audley End at xx:10 and xx:47.
Lunch:
It's Mothers Day today, which is sometimes a problem (see below), but at least there's plenty of choice in Saffron Walden. The 8 Bells (01799-522790) is recommended. You also have the Saffron Hotel (01799-522676), The Cross Keys (01799-522207) and a Wetherspoons, The Temeraire (01799-516975).










Tea, Newport:
You pass the 17th C White Horse (01799-540002), about ten minutes before Newport station. Alternatively, detour to the much larger Coach and Horses (01799-540292) to the north of the village.
Tea, Audley End:
The Fighting Cocks (01799-541279) is on the way to Audley End station. You could also continue past the station turn-off then go down to the left to find The Bell (01799-540382). Both come recommended.
Audley End House is closed in winter but the gardens, stables, and service wing are open (£10.80 unless you're an English Heritage member).
Walk Directions here
You can shorten the walk by finishing at Audley End station. The route there involves a teensy bit of road walking.
For an even earlier finish, a 132 bus will whisk you from Saffron Walden to Great Chesterford at 13:05, 15:05, 17:05. Unfortunately, once whisked, there's a 45 minute wait for the train. (Just as well I did a whisk assessment).

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Surprisingly varied walk!Would be good in the spring.Hedgerows & streams with the odd woodland have potential! Loads to see & embibe in Saffron & Audley not that special!So head on down stream & see more of Newport.p.s.It was late,so a diy tea at the Nisa store was a treat!!
5 according to someone's comment under the comment section of the walk
Sat, 15-Apr-17 14

Saturday Walk – Saffron Walden and Audley End Park

Extra Walk 130 – Great Chesterford to Newport (Essex)
Length: 18.5 km (11.5 miles). Toughness: 3/10

10:28 Cambridge train from Liverpool Street (Tottenham Hale 10:40), arriving Great Chesterford at 11:35. Buy a return to Great Chesterford.

Trains back from Newport are hourly at 43 minutes past. If you do the shorter afternoon to Audley End, direct trains back from there are at 19 (fast) & 40 minutes past the hour (you could also take a Stansted Airport train and change there for a fast train to Liverpool Street).

This gentle walk through the Essex countryside has had regular Sunday postings but its only previous Saturday outing was five years ago. Its two main features are the historic market town of Saffron Walden (well worth ambling around at lunchtime), swiftly followed by the parkland and mansion at Audley End. If you want to get your money's worth with a fairly long visit to the (English Heritage) house and gardens you can cut the walk short afterwards by diverting to Audley End station, although much of this ending is along roads.

There are many places for refreshment in Saffron Walden (plus a nice picnic spot in Bridge End Garden), but I've never made it past the first pub you come to (the Eight Bells) so can't comment on the alternatives. At the end of the full walk Newport doesn't have that much to offer but there's a friendly pub on the way to the station.

You'll need to print the directions from the Great Chesterford to Newport (Essex) Walk page. T=swc.130
is anyone doing this non bluebell walk please ?
I expect to do this walk
same here (always up for a good Essex walk)
Despite announcements, not a bluebell free walk: Rosy Grove had quite a few of them.
Else we had rolling fields, almost Tuscan in appearance this time of year, sans growth. Not one field crossing though, just grassy boundaries, tracks between belts of trees and farm tracks. Plenty of waterways, scattered woods, and lovely Saffron Walden, pargeted houses galore, one lovely lunch pub and one impressive stately pile (Audley End) incl. its parkland. And a miniature steam train just passing when we did walk past Audley End.
14 walkers, most lunching in the 8 Bells, to some mixed reports: some had great food, others weren't quite so sure. Great interior in any case.
About half of the 14 took the shortcut option to Audley End Station, the others (bar 1) were found on the 17.43.
The weather was dry with passing clouds. And with a lengthy tour through Bridge End Garden and the optional tourist route through Saffron Walden, it even scraped past the magical 20 km mark! What's not to like?
Thanks for this walk Sean, thought it was lovely! agree with comments below + can you possibly post walks more often S ?
Sun, 13-Mar-16 7

Sunday walk 2: North Essex, a historic town and another stately pile.

Great Chesterford to Newport SWC Walk 130
18.75 km 11.7 miles (or 14.25 km 8.9 miles finishing at Audley End)
Difficulty 4/10

A varied walk through the rolling fields of north Essex to historic Saffron Walden. The town has many interesting features - half timbered buildings, an impressive church, the remains of a Norman castle, and an ancient turf labyrinth. The afternoon takes you through the parkland of Audley End then continues along the Harcamlow Way to Newport.
Trains:
9:57 Cambridge train from Liverpool Street (Hackney Downs 10:03, Tottenham Hale 10:10), arriving Great Chesterford at 11:05. Get a return to Great Chesterford.
Return from Newport at xx:13
Return from Audley End station at xx:10 and xx:47
Lunch: Plenty of choice in Saffron Walden The 8 Bells 01799 522790 is recommended
Here's a few others:- The Saffron Hotel (01799-522676), The Cross Keys (01799-522207) and a JD Wetherspoons, The Temeraire (01799-516975)
Tea: You pass the small 17th C White Horse (01799-540002), about ten minutes before Newport station. Alternatively, detour to the much larger Coach and Horses (01799-540292) to the north of the village.
If finishing at Audley End station, you pass the Fighting Cocks (01799-541279) on the way there. You could also continue past the station turn-off to find The Bell (01799-540382), an attractive country pub in the village of Wendens Ambo. Both come recommended.
Audley End The gardens, stables and service wing are open to visit 10-4 (cost £9.90 unless an English Heritage member). The house itself is currently closed.
Walk Directions here
It is possible to shorten the walk by finishing at Audley End station. The route there involves a bit of road walking.
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7 on this walk including 2 newcomers. Weather sunny and mild perfect walking weather.

Lovely quiet walk in rolling countryside in glorious weather. Excellent lunch in quaint Saffron Walden where I and a.n.other basked in a warm suntrap in a small garden by the beautiful church which we all later visited. A fine Essex walk in excellent company made for a perfect day out
Sun, 09-Aug-15

Sunday First Walk - Essex hills & valleys

Extra Walk 130 – Great Chesterford to Newport
Length: 18.8km (11.7 miles) Toughness: 4/10

09:57 Cambridge train from Liverpool Street (Tottenham Hale 10:10) arriving at Great Chesterford at 11:05

Return trains from Newport (Essex) to Liverpool Street are at xx:13 (journey time 1 hour 01 minute). Buy an off-peak day return to Great Chesterford.

A pleasant walk through rolling hills and river valleys. As with most Essex walks it has its fair share of enormous crop fields, interspersed with small woods and river valleys. There is much of interest in the historic market town of Saffron Walden, where you stop for lunch, and Audley End (English Heritage) is one of Britain’s finest stately homes.

If you want to spend time looking round Saffron Walden or visiting Audley End, you could shorten the walk by 4.5km by walking along roads to Audley End Station (return trains are at xx:10 and xx:47[semi-fast]).

Full information about the walk and its shorter options, as well as the walk directions, can be found on the SWC Walk 130 page .
Looks good. I may do this walk.
Am going.
As no one else has reported on this my memory is that there were 6 of us. At lunchtime 1 went to the pub, 2 had their sandwiches in the attractive Bridge End Garden, 1 walked around looking for a café (not easy on a Sunday)and 1 had disappeared. I didn't see any of the others again so don't know if like me they all carried on to Newport or whether any finished at Audley End.
As no one else has reported on this my memory is that there were 6 of us. At lunchtime 1 went to the pub, 2 had their sandwiches in the attractive Bridge End Garden, 1 walked around looking for a café (not easy on a Sunday)and 1 had disappeared. I didn't see any of the others again so don't know if like me they all carried on to Newport or whether any finished at Audley End.
Sun, 03-Nov-13 4 Great Chesterford to Newport
Sun, 04-Nov-12 Great Chesterford to Audley End
Sat, 24-Mar-12 Great Chesterford to Newport
Mon, 29-Aug-11 Great Chesterford to Newport