Grange Barn, Coggeshall

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Abbey Mill

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Elizabethan house incorporating remnants of the original Cistercian Abbey buildings

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Paycocke's, Coggeshall

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Terracotta Bas-relief at All Saints Church, Feering

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River Blackwater

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Coggeshall Abbey Mill

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Kelvedon Circular walk

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.

Updated: Sat, 31-Oct-20

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Sun, 27-Sep-20 6

Sunday Walk: Kelvedon Circular

Toughness 3/10

Length: 10, 12, or 14.4 miles (16.3, 19.3 or 23.2 km.)

Highlights of this walk include an old mill, medieval abbey buildings, Grange Barn (said to be the oldest timber-framed building in Europe), and the town of Coggeshall. Coggeshall has over 300 listed buildings, many of them medieval, including an ornate 15th C merchants house (Paycockes). The full walk gives the opportunity to visit another old barn at Marks Hall Gardens.

Trains Take the 10:11 Ipswich train from Liverpool Street,(Stratford TFL10:18 ) arriving Kelvedon at 11:02. Return trains at xx:41.

Lunch There are many options in Coggeshall, see the walk notes. Some of the pubs (eg Chapel Inn, Woolpack) are ancient. However, ever-changing Covid restrictions will apply and you might be better bringing your own lunch. If doing the full walk, you can also visit Bouchier’s Barn Café at Marks Hall (01376 563 796). Facilities are open at Marks Hall, with a track-and-trace procedure in place.

Tea The Sun Inn, Feering Hill (01376 570 442) is the recommended stop. There's also the earlier Bell Inn, in Feering (01376 570 375), and, later, the Railway Tavern in Kelvedon. (01376 570293). You may need to book a table.

Visiting Because of Covid, you can only view Grange Barn and Paycockes from the outside at present. Marks Hall Gardens are open with no need to book. Entry £6. There's a National Trust "Tudor Walk" through Coggeshall that may be of interest (although you will have already passed some of the places by the time you reach Paycockes).

Walk Directions here. This walk can be shortened by cutting out all or part of the Marks Hall loop.

See our Covid Rules (walks page)

Basically break into, and stay in, groups of 6 or less. Exchange contact details. Social distancing.

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This walk sounds excellent . I may go.

Jane
A suggestion to help separation.
On leaving the station, (facing away from it) slow walkers to the left, fast walkers to the right
The fast group (or groups) to leave first. RIGHT AHEAD
The slow stay behind for a few minutes LEFT BEHIND
Remember to share contact details within your group

No need to subdivide the heaving throng of 6 that turned up on this grey damp windswept and slightly chilly day. But we soon became 4+2 then 4+1+1 anyway. Paths slightly overgrown at the start but we got through. I and several others found the section where you leave Coggeshall’s streets and head for Robins Brook (on shortcut 1) confusing. Best not to leave the streets. Coggeshall’s main attractions (Paycockes, Grange Barn) were closed, as is Clocktower House but still plenty of old buildings to look at. Most ate in the churchyard and one had coffee in the White Horse (twice).
Nobody went on the Marks Hall loop(s).
There were a couple of traverses of large ploughed fields in the afternoon (thankfully not claggy). Some had tea in the Railway (both this and the Sun were open). This walk would have been better suited to a sunny day like, for instance, yesterday :(

Sorry Ian but I went on the Marks Hall arboretum extension to re visit the cafe which is now called the Orchard kitchen but this cannot under any circumstances be called an early lunch stop arriving at 2pm when one is already in Coggeshall at 12,45. Perhaps the walk notes should make this clear because the directions in the text of 2 shortcuts within the main body of the walk is very confusing. My companions did short cut 1 but I ploughed on literally over a number of ploughed fields with no footpath re in statement leaving my shoes with enough wattle and daub to repair a medieval barn. Coming off the footpath I walked part of the gardens for free. The cafe which is a large medieval barn serves lunches until 2.30pm and I enjoyed delicious fish cakes of salmon and haddock with a runny cheese centre for £9.25. Leaving at 3pm I then proceeded to Coggeshall town centre arriving at 4pm where I caught the handy 4.15bus to Marks Tey railway station outside the Chapel Inn pub. This number 70 bus only runs every two hours 7 days a week. The Clockhouse cafe and secret garden are closed and up for sale sadly. All the National Trust properties are closed for now. I caught the train which runs every 30 mins at 4.36 I believe. Having done the walk 2 weeks ago in extreme heat and humidity this walk is not recommended for late September when the fields have been ploughed and it’s drizzling as it was today.
Sorry Marion
I got the impression you'd stayed to explore Kelvedon but I must have misheard/misunderstood. Glad the meal was alright anyway.

Marion, with all respect, you are unduly harsh on the good old Kelvedon Circ: as the pdf states, "Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours for the full walk, or 10.00 hours for a short walk option."
With Mr M Tiger posting a 10.11 train to take, he abviously aimed at the short option of the walk. If you then walk the full length walk anyway, you will be about 45 minutes behind the assumed arrival time at the Arboretum, even without first nipping into Coggeshall en route to the Arboretum. The route deliberately skirts around Coggleshall initially and goes straight to the Arboretum, so that even then one gets back and through Coggeshall in good time for lunch there.
As for arable field crossings: before lunch, there is a small one within 5 mins of the start, and then there are another 2 between Coggeshall and the Arboretum (and then 2 more in the afternoon, but you didn't walk that part). Not particularly high a number for any walk, especially not in East Anglia, methinks...
With trains hourly at xx11 I was limited to the 10:11 . (In my experience on a Sunday the earlier the time the lower the turnout so no to the 911) I didn’t give a lot of thought to arrival time at Marks Hall but I’ll know for next time. And sounds like they were still serving.
Sun, 07-Apr-19 4

Sunday Walk: Kelvedon Circular - Old Essex and the Blackwater Valley

Toughness 3/10
Length: 10, 12, or 14.4 miles (16.3, 19.3 or 23.2 km.)
Highlights of this walk 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). There's another old barn, an optional lunch venue, at Marks Hall Gardens on the long walk.
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 (eg Chapel Inn, Woolpack) are ancient.
If doing the full walk, you can also visit Bouchier’s Barn Café at Marks Hall (01376 563 796).
Tea: The Sun Inn, Feering Hill is recommended. A little later, there's the Railway Tavern near Kelvedon station.
Visiting: You can see the outside of both Grange Barn and Paycockes for free. If you want to look inside, joint admission is £7.90. Admission to Marks Hall Gardens is £6.
Walk Directions here. The shorter versions cut out all or part of the Marks Hall loop.
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wet then dry grey all day
Four of us turned up on this grey day for a pleasant if unspectacular walk. There are some nice bridleways and pretty paths alongside small rivers. The highlight is visiting Coggeshall which is full of beautiful old buildings, and hats off to the National Trust at Paycocke's which for once allows you free entry to the rather sweet gardens and allotment. (We're not all members.) The rain unexpectedly came down in the morning rather than the afternoon, and one walker bailed out at lunchtime due to lack of waterproofs and caught the bus. Another walker had similarly got wet but dried off in the pub (White Hart, okayish for food but nothing special) and then three of us carried on, rain having stopped. We did shortcut I option, about 10 or 11 miles, caught the 17.41 train home after a decent cuppa tea in The Sun at Kelvedon.
Sun, 08-Apr-18 3

Sunday Walk: Kelvedon Circular

SWC Walk 216
Toughness 3/10
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 and Paycockes 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.
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I did a variant of this walk on Friday and all good with the instructions. I did the 'extension' out to Nunn's Bridge and then omitted both of the 'outer loops', making for a walk of about 12 miles.
The wind/sun had dried the ground out a bit, but rain tonight could change that.
At St Nicholas' Chapel, I had the pleasure of meeting 88 year old 'Jack', the benefactor of the seat outside, who is also a keyholder. Thus, I had the unusual privilege of being able to view inside. It was filmed, but won't be uploaded before tomorrow's walk.
The A120 crossing is a bit harum scarum, twice, but patience gets you safely across.
There's a very good Indian about 10 mins further up the High Street from the Railway Tavern.
You were right first time, Mr Tiger, so please move the earlier comment back to Ham Street again! There were just 3 on the Kelvedon walk in overcast conditions with an hour of light rain in the morning, and plenty of muddy bridleways throughout. Time was spent admiring historic buildings in Coggeshall, and yes, we lunched in the Woolpack Inn, too!
3 overcast conditions with an hour of light rain in the morning (see previous comment)


Thu, 05-Oct-17 3

The Blackwater Valley and Coggeshall

SWC Walk 216 - Kelvedon Circular

Length: 23.3 km (14.4 miles) or 16.3 km (10 miles)
Toughness: longer walk: 4 out of 10; shorter walk: 2 out of 10

London Liverpool Street: 10-02 hrs Ipswich service
Arrive Kelvedon: 10-51 hrs

Return: 16-23, 16-52, 17-23, 18-00, 18-32 and 18-54 hrs

Just over a mile and a half into today's walk you have a tranquil leg beside the Blackwater River before you arrive in the market town of Coggeshall with its many historic buildings. Of the many buildings of interest it is well worth visiting Paycocke's and Grange Barn. You can either have lunch in the town at one of the five pubs or restaurants mentioned in the Directions, or for those on the longer walk you can wait until you reach Bouchiers Barn Cafe on the edge of Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.
The afternoon leg is mostly over vast fields or along field edges until you reach the village of Feering. Then your homeward leg takes you back to Kelvedon for tea at the Swan Inn or the Railway Tavern, close to the railway station.
This lovely walk in Essex seldom disappoints.
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Rail & Underground Strikes: This Thursday 05 October RMT are due to go on strike on Greater Anglia trains, and ASLEF are due to go on strike on London Underground. Both are likely to inconvenience travel to Liverpool Street and Kelvedon. If the strikes are not called off by mid day Tuesday 03 October I will CANCEL this walk and re schedule it for another time. Disappointing maybe, but no great hardship as mid week walkers still have a walk planned for Wednesday 04 October this week.
As at 6 pm Tuesday 03 October the underground strike planned for Thursday 05 October is OFF but the rail strike remains ON. Greater Anglia expect to operate a near full service, so let's live dangerously and go ahead with the walk.
Just 3 on this fine Essex walk and we enjoyed ideal autumn walking weather with sunny skies and a fresh breeze. Conditions underfoot were firm and dry. We reached Coggeshall just after 12 which allowed time for a visit to Grange Barn and Paycocke's. We hoped to eat at the ancient Woolpack Inn but the catering staff were on holiday so we walked back to the White Hart hotel for a decent lunch and in my case a quaffable Merlot!
After lunch one of our number walked on to visit the arboretum whilst the two old codgers Peteb and Marcus decided to amble back to Kelvedon which we reached just after 4pm for a relaxing cup of tea at the Railway Arms and then the 4.52 train back to London. An excellent day out in select company.
Sun, 04-Jun-17 16

Kelvedon Circular

Kelvedon Circular
SWC Walk 216
Toughness 3/10
Length: 16.3 or 19.3 or 23.2 km = 10.1 or 12 or 14.4 miles.
Highlights of this Essex walk include stretches of the Blackwater river, old mills, medieval abbey buildings, and Grange Barn, said to be the oldest timber-framed building in Europe. The town of Coggeshall has over 300 listed buildings, many of them medieval, including Paycockes (a 15th C merchants house). The length can be adjusted by missing out or shortening a morning loop that takes you past Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum.
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 (eg Chapel Inn, Woolpack) are ancient.
If doing the full walk you could also visit Bouchier’s Barn Café at Marks Hall (01376 563 796).
Tea
The Sun Inn, Feering Hill (01376 570 442) is recommended. There's also the earlier Bell Inn, in Feering,(01376 570 375) and the later Railway Tavern in Kelvedon. (01376 570293)
Things to visit
If you want to look inside Grange Barn and Paycockes, combined admission is £7 (free for NT).
Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum. Admission £6. (£5.50 for old-timers, RHS free)
Walk Directions here.
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Hi,
I am thinking of doing this walk. Is any one else doing this walk as well?
There will be at least one more.
Excellent walk. Recommended did it last year. Don't let the Essex label put you off!
Yes! We are going!
Morning! We will wait for you in Kelvedon station

See you there!
16 sunny with big blue Essex sky

16 (I think) people and 1 dog departed from the car park at Kelvedon train station. Most arrived by train, but a few by car. (2 gentlemen were spotted with the SWC printout of the walk at the Grange Barn, but they were doing the walk independently.) A great day under big blue skies and through fields of green: wheat(?), blackcurrant bushes, some sort of beans. Those that took the scenic extension before Coggeshall enjoyed the sight of dozens of iridescent dragonflies flitting about in the long grass by the stream.

I picnicked with 2 others in Coggeshall and we took a good long walk around the town. There was a garden open day where for a small fee you could visit some of the gardens tucked away behind the fascinating buildings, so there were quite a few visitors milling about. Lots of interesting details on the old buildings. Not sure if it's a permanent fixture or just there for the open day, but there was a great miniature steam train running through the front garden of one house. A town worth visiting.

8 at least did the long version of the walk. 3 of us just missed the 18:41 train back to London, so had a bite to eat and a drink at The Sun Inn. Caught the 19:41.

Wed, 28-Sep-16 10

Wednesday Walk - The quiet Blackwater Valley to historic Coggeshall, with 300 listed buildings, for lunch

SWC Walk 216 Kelvedon Circular (via Coggeshall)
Length: 23.2 km (14.4 mi) [much shorter option available]
Ascent/Descent: 86m; Net Walking Time: 5 hours
Toughness: 4/10
Take the 10.02 train from L’pool Street (10.09 Stratford), arrives Kelvedon 10.51.
Return trains are 2 per hour: xx.23 and 15.54/16.52/18.00/then xx.54.
This walk is centred on the gentle landscape of the Blackwater Valley, close to Constable Country, and includes some very tranquil and scenic stretches along the river itself, interspersed with long stretches along country lanes, green lanes or field boundaries with wide and extensive views across the rolling Essex countryside of fields and woods. A pre-lunch north westerly loop explores the valley cut by Robin’s Brook, leading to Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.
The lunch time destination Coggeshall is one of Britain’s most historic market towns. It has 300 listed buildings, amongst the ones passed on the walk are: Britain’s oldest barn (Grange Barn, NT), an impressive carved timber-framed Wool Merchant’s house, Paycocke’s (also NT, combi tickets are available), as well as one of its finest medieval buildings, built on the remnants of a 12th Century abbey and a couple of photogenic watermills and an outsized church.
The two NT-properties are now linked by an NT-trail, which you might want to explore instead of the bit of road walking between them (and in any case looks like a worthy addition to the walk as an extension ---> note to walk author).
A much shorter walk of 16.3 km length enables extended visits to the NT properties en route.
Lunch is either on the Marks Hall Estate in the Café in Bouchier's Barn (11.1 km/6.9 mi, cooked food to 14.30), or at one of many places in Coggeshall (about 14.5 km into the full walk/7.5 km into the short walk): Ranfield’s Brasserie (formerly Baumann’s Brasserie), Clock House Tea Rooms, The Chapel Inn, The White Hart Hotel or The Woolpack Inn.
West Street Vineyard is actually the No. 1 ranked place for food in Coggeshall on Tripadvisor, so it might be worth checking out if it’s not too far along the road out of town.
For tea there are The Sun Inn, or The Railway Tavern, and the Kings Fish Bar.
For summary, map, height profile, photos, walk directions/options and gpx/kml files click here.

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Thomas

Thanks, I personally find it really useful to know what's coming up the following week!


Now I might do the Walk on Wednesday. But I can't Guarantee I will. Mind you I have done it before about 2 years ago. But I did it on a Sunday. While I went to Manchester for the day on Saturday before that.
I'm intending to go and do the "much shorter walk of 16.3 km length" thus enabling extended visits to the NT properties en route.
I am hoping to attend and get on the correct train this week.jfk
Sorry I can't join you'all but will come next week. When I did this walk 2 years ago I spent time in every NT venue. Garden and shop in Coggeshall not finishing till 9pm. I even went back a year later and bought designer guild cushions after visiting the RHS garden by car. Thoroughly recommended especially the Secret Garden cafe in Coggeshall . Don't miss it if you're free. I'm going from Rainham to Purfleet in the Thames estuary with a Footprints of London professional guide as part of the Totally Thames festival. Last week of my season ticket. They are doing Literary London next month. £45 fior the month and 70 walks to choose from!
10 walkers in initially sunny later overcast conditions. 9 off the train, 1 encountered later in Coggeshall waiting for a bus to Chelmsford, apparently off a later train. A fine day for a walk that benefits more than most from dry conditions on the ground. Rolling hillocks, tranquil riverside stretches and picturesque old buildings. 2 opted for the short walk, once we all got to Coggeshall, 2 walked the standard long walk, 4 investigated a new extension in Coggeshall along the Essex Way initially and then back along the Blackwater river, which was quite nice, so will be added to the route as an option. 1 had said he'd walk 'the much shorter 16.3 km version', but then was found sitting at the table at the lunch stop on the long walk, Bouchier's Barn at Marks Hall Arboretum, without being able to explain how he got there, and BEFORE anyone else...
The one downside of that lunch place is: no booze. So a pub stop at the Woolpack Inn was kind of mandatory. Another swift one at the Sun Inn in Feering, close to the end. 18.24 train for the tailenders.
Tptally enchanting morning walk to Coggleshall off later train . Had to leave early after buying plants to get back for energetic Scottish country dancing in evening.jfk
Sun, 12-Apr-15 12 Kelvedon Circular
Sun, 03-Aug-14 10 Kelvedon Circular
Sat, 12-Apr-14 9 Kelvedon Circular
Sun, 10-Jun-12 Kelvedon Circular (original walk) - withdrawn
Sun, 03-Jul-11 Kelvedon Circular (original walk) - withdrawn
Sun, 18-Jul-10 Kelvedon to White Notley - withdrawn
Sat, 14-Nov-09 Kelvedon Circular
Sun, 14-Dec-08 Kelvedon Circular
Sat, 09-Feb-08 Kelvedon Circular
Sun, 08-Apr-07 Kelvedon Circular