SWC Walk 216
Length: 10, 12, or 14.4 miles (16.3, 19.3 or 23.2 km.)
It's spring and, in East Anglia, the winter bus replacements have gone back into storage. The station master has got the train out of the shed and is dusting it down. The good people of Essex can once more thrill to the sound of our boots tramping along their ancient byways.
This is a historic area. Walk highlights 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). 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 (e.g. the Chapel Inn and Woolpack) are very old. There's also the Clock House Tea Rooms and, on the full walk, an ancient barn in Marks Hall Gardens serves as a tea room. Tea
The Bell Inn
in Feering (01376 570 375) is passed first. The Sun Inn
, Feering Hill (01376 570 442), only 10 minutes from the station, is the recommended stop. Later still, you got the Railway Tavern
in Kelvedon. (01376 570293). Visiting
You can see the outside of both Grange Barn
for free. If you want to look inside, joint admission is £7.50 for non-NT members. Admission to Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum
is £5.75 Walk Directions here
The shorter options involve cutting out all or part of the Marks Hall loop.