No sign of Cher, Susan Sarandon or Michelle Pfeiffer

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Pylons and puddle

Well it is near Essex!

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Gilston Park House

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Dead tree

Or perhaps one of those new artistic finger posts?

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Harlow Circular walk

An easy walk through south east Hertfordshire.


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.

Updated: Thu, 17-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sat, 25-Nov-17 14

Saturday Walk – Harlow Circular: an easy short walk close to London

Extra Walk 55 – Harlow Circular
Length: 14 km (8.7 miles). Toughness: 1/10

10:40 Stansted Airport train from Liverpool Street (Seven Sisters 10:53), arriving Harlow Town at 11:16.

There are six return trains each hour from Harlow Town, with the fastest ones (from Stansted Airport) at around xx:02, xx:17, etc.

I haven't done this walk myself and no-one has seen fit to upload any photos of it, but the author describes it as ideally suited for a short winter's day (sunset is at 4pm). Its only previous Saturday posting was back in 2009, but a couple of anonymous explorers recently posted some sparkling reviews – brilliant! fantastic! – so it's about time a few more Saturday Walkers had a chance to enjoy it.

The lunchtime stop is in the village of Hunsdon, just under halfway round the walk. You can choose between an up-market gastropub, the Fox & Hounds, or a more traditional pub lunch in The Crown. The walk document suggests a couple of pubs on the way back to Harlow for refreshment, and I'm sure there'll be the usual range of coffee shops if you look around the town before catching a train. There should also be a trolley service on the Stansted Airport trains.

You'll need to bring the walk directions on this pdf document. There are only a few pages and it was updated at the start of the year, so there shouldn't be any problem with the directions. T=swc.55
Have led this for The Ramblers last winter and can recommend it. Booking advised for the gastropub, and that alone is worth the walk.
Brrrrrrrrrrrr with Autumn sun most of the day on this pleasant Essex walk. 11 set of from Harlow Town Station towards Eastwick and on to Hunsdon for lunch. The Crown was not serving food, so many visited the Fox and Hounds. An expensive gastropub, however the food was excellent with a roaring fire and friendly staff. The starters were well sized too. An interesting afternoon section passing Hunsdon airfield and thev gothic styled Gilston Park House and then finally along the River Stort to return to Harlow. A great day out with one walker mischievously complaining about the low level of road noise and lack of industrial estates. Well it is Essex!
Hertfordshire! Just the start is in Essex...
Anonymous, thank you for pointing out the County faux pas in my first post. My excuse was spotting pylons and land fill at the beginning of the walk.
In another clanger, Bridie informs me numbers were in fact 14
So it's along to Specsavers toute suite for me!
In Hunsdon a few of us went to the Crown hoping for a quick snack, but their chef hadn't turned up so the Fox & Hounds gained some extra custom. Hopefully this was just a one off as it's always helpful when a village offers a choice of lunchtime pubs.

The walk has some nice stretches and it's a shame that the footpaths across large farm fields aren't marked out. To avoid wading through lots of heavy sticky mud you have to follow the author's suggested detours around field edges, although yesterday there was no such escape across one huge field of wet crops after the airfield.

The state of the paths was disappointing because we passed several information panels exhorting walkers, cyclists and others to use the rights of way in this area: maybe someone should tell the farmers. The arctic wind had clearly deterred most locals from following this well meaning advice, but we did stop for a chat with one who gave us a potted history of the striking Gilston Park House, now converted into what sounded like very desirable luxury flats (at least until the planned Harlow North development of 10,000 new homes goes ahead).

The final stretch alongside the River Stort was attractive and if I'd had more time I would have liked to explore the Honeymead Marsh Conservation Area, or even ventured along the river in the opposite direction. Harlow Mill could in fact be an alternative destination, although less convenient if only because fewer trains stop there.
Sun, 27-Dec-15

Sunday Second Walk - Gentle Essex walk

Extra Walk 55 – Harlow Circular

Length: 13km (8.1 miles) Toughness: 1/10

10:55 Stansted Airport train from Liverpool Street (Tottenham Hale 11:07) arriving at Harlow Town at 11:24.

Return trains are at xx:02, xx:10 and xx:30 (journey time about 35 mins).

This short, easy walk on the Hertfordshire/Essex border is often done as a winter walk when the densely planted crops that can obstruct some paths in the summer are no longer a problem. Be prepared for a certain amount of mud, though in some places you can divert round the edge of particularly muddy fields as indicated in the walk directions.

The late start and short journey time makes this an ideal walk for those who like to have a bit of a lie-in on a Sunday morning. The recommended lunchtime pub is The Crown in Hunsdon (07415-370860).. Please note that The Crown’s phone number shown in the walk directions and on the website is now incorrect. The nearby Fox and Hounds (01279 843999) is a more upmarket alternative.

You will need to download the Walk Directions.

Sun, 30-Mar-14 0 Harlow Circular
Sun, 07-Oct-12 Harlow Circular
Sun, 05-Dec-10 Harlow Circular
Sun, 28-Mar-10 Harlow Circular
Sat, 07-Feb-09 Harlow Circular
Sun, 26-Oct-08 Harlow Circular
Wed, 20-Aug-08 Harlow Circular