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SWC Walk 158 - Ingatestone to Battlesbridge or Wickford

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St. Mary's Church, Buttsbury

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Large Field, Large Cattle Herd (Fristling Hall)

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Horses in Wildflower Meadow

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Ingatestone Hall

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Into the Wid Valley

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St. Mary's Church, Buttsbury, across a field

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Ingatestone to Battlesbridge walk

The Wid Valley and the Wid itself, Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve and the Crouch Valley via a mix of woods and fields.

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
Wed, 23-May-18 8

Wednesday Walk - Ingatestone to Battlesbridge or Wickford

Length: 24.8 km (15.4 mi) [or 18.8 km/11.7 mi to Wickford]
Ascent/Descent: 230/277 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Take the 10.18 Clacton-on-Sea train from Liverpool Street (Stratford 10.25), arrives Ingatestone 10.45.
Return trains from Battlesbridge: 16.00, 16.38 (both: chg Wickford), 17.30, 18.23 (chg Wickford); from 45 minutes. And from Wickford: xx.11, xx.31, xx.51 (from 37 minutes).
Buy an Ingatestone return. You then may have to buy a Battlesbridge to Wickford single as well.
“This rewarding Essex walk avoids major roads and all remnants of industry and suburbia to initially traverse through grassy fields in the Wid Valley and follow the Wid itself for a while, before ascending through a wood to the lunch stop in Stock. Afterwards several charming woods and Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve are passed through, before an early tea stop in South Hanningfield is reached. From there the route descends through more woods and fields into the Crouch Valley to the finish in Battlesbridge.”
Lunch: The Bakers Arms (food to 14.30) or The Hoop (food to 14.30) or The Bear Inn (food to 15.00), all in Stock.
Tea: Café on the Water at Hanningfield Reservoir, a pub en route in Hanningfield and one by Battlesbridge station plus other options (see pdf for details).
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
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1 on an earlier train, 6 off the scheduled one, one half an hour behind after some delays on his tube line. 8 in sunny initially then overcast weather (there was even about half an hour worth of spittle, after lunch). Lots of changes in the early part of the walk, as a massive cattle farm has been set up, meaning kilometres of new metal fencing (quite beautiful fencing at that). This also means that the footpath in those areas is not grazed anymore though, cue high grass and plenty of nettles...). The cattle herds though were a sight to behold: the largest I've seen in the South East, and some beautiful animals amongst them, in massive fields (plenty of formerly smaller ones knocked together, now even spanning the Wid River).
1 Wednesday Regular had dropped his handheld Garmin device early in the walk and walked back to try to find it, but failed to reappear, so we (erroneously, as it turns out) assumed he had abandoned the walk. [He mad eit to Strock eventually but we had already moved on, so he took buses back home] So 7 reunited at The Bakers Arms in Stock, lunching outside, while the sun was still out in force.
3 then took the Wickford ending, 4 went on to Battlesbridge, where the notorious arable fields at the end weren't that bad today, mostly with a clear ploughed path actually, some pastures though had energy sapping high grass (and nettles were out in many places). Earlier we had plenty of buttercups and cow parsley and even still remnants of bluebell carpets in three places, now of the palest of blue though.
Quiet scenic walk that gets rougher towards the end, but on balance I think everyone enjoyed it.
The long walkers had grabbed some ice creams at the Visitor Centre of the Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve, and then had time at the end for a drink at The Hawk before the 17.30 train.
Sun, 13-Aug-17 5

Adventures in rural Essex

SWC 158 variation, Ingatestone to Wickford

Length 18.8km (11.8m), toughness 3/10.

Trains: London Liverpool Street 10.02 arrive Ingatestone 10.36
Return trains from Wickford to Liverpool Street at xx:10 and xx:40. Buy a day return to Wickford.

With Waterloo essentially out of commission for August lets try this excellent Essex ramble, a shorter version of the 15.4m Ingatestone to Battlebridge walk which of course you could choose to do if you wish to visit Hanningford nature reserve..

Big skies, woods and big fields guaranteed on this attractive outing. Click .here for more information about the walk and for the pdf which has the detailed walk instructions and information on the lunch and refreshment options.T=swc.158.a

I would love to go on this one, anyone else can commit and help with map / directions?
Mike
I wouldn't mind going for this walk either but wont be good with directions...
I guess we can manage with the walk info and map?

regards,
SP
Me too I would like to go on this walk today! Do we have the instructions?
The walk instructions are available on PDF.. I took a print out and loaded a map on my mobile... if you are game, maybe we can take the 10 :15 train and meet up at the footbridge entrance at ingatestone ?
SP
I intend going.
Lovely walk. Just five people on the walk. There did not appear to be any probs with the instructions.
Bakers Arms in Stock had excellent food, beer and service. End point at Wickford mundane with the Swan serving Doom Bar. No tea shops appeared to be open on this Sunday walk at Wickford. Gavin
5 on the walk
Sun, 24-Jan-16 6

Second Sunday Walk - Essex woods and fields

Extra Walk 158a – Ingatestone to Wickford
Length: 18.8km (11.7 miles) Toughness: 3/10

10:02 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street (Stratford 10:09) arriving at Ingatestone at 10.36.

Return trains from Wickford to Liverpool Street are at xx:10 and xx:40 (journey time 49 mins). Buy an off-peak day return to Wickford, which should be valid for the outward journey too, though you might be asked to buy a single ticket for the one stop section from Shenfield to Ingatestone.

The full 25km version of this pleasant and rewarding Essex walk, goes from Ingatestone to Battlesbridge. This shortened version, finishing in Wickford, is more suited to a winter walk.. It is still moderately long, but not too testing, and the short journey time should ensure that you can comfortably complete it before dusk. The walk initially traverses the Wid valley before ascending to the lunch stop in Stock, later going through woods and fields to Wickford, in a reversal of the start of Walk 157 (Wickford to Battlesbridge). The diversion to Wickford occurs halfway through the afternoon, so continuing the main walk to Battlesbridge is an option at that point if you reckon you still have sufficient energy and daylight available.

The recommended lunchtime pub is The Bakers Arms in Stock (01277 841831) and there are also two other pubs in the village. These are all reached fairly early in the walk, but if you prefer to press on, a possible later lunch pub is the Beauvoir Arms (01268 711115) in Downham, close to where the afternoon routes diverge. This is not mentioned in the walk directions, but if you follow the Alternative Ending in Wickford directions, towards the end of the first paragraph turn left instead of right on the pavement to reach the pub in 350 metres Retrace your steps afterwards. From this pub there’s only another 5km to do, so you can afford to linger over lunch. There are several possible tea stops around the High Street in Wickford, but these have not yet been researched, so it would be helpful if someone could post a report on them on this walk’s Feedback page.

You will need to download the Walk Directions, and follow the Alternative Ending printed at the end of the main walk directions.
n=Six on this walk, two having driven, one of those coming from as far away as Ramsgate. Initial murk and drizzle gave way slowly to hints of sun only to become overcast again in the afternoon.

We didn't bother to book at the pub as the posting described it as being reached fairly early in this walk. That's true of the full route. On the shorter variation specified to allow for winter darkness, the stop is only just short of the half way point. Perhaps a little slowed by the inevitable mud, we arrived at about 1pm, by which time the place was commendably full of locals. The restaurant part was booked solid, but we were made welcome at a table by the bar. Prices were reasonable for good sized portions of food that would be of noticeably above average quality for those that like their food strongly salted.

Tea was taken in a branch of Costa Coffee in Wickford, allowing for a return on the 1710 train.

I don't think any of us would place this walk in our SWC Hall of Fame, but it's a decent and varied route only a short distance out of London.
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Sun, 19-Oct-14 5 Ingatestone to Wickford
Sun, 02-Dec-12 Ingatestone to Wickford
Sat, 09-Jun-12 Ingatestone to Battlesbridge