Grange Barn, Coggeshall

Grange Barn, Coggeshall

SWC Walk 216 Kelvedon Circular

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Abbey Mill

Abbey Mill

SWC Walk 216 Kelvedon Circular

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Elizabethan house incorporating remnants of the original Cistercian Abbey buildings

Elizabethan house incorporating remnants of the original Cistercian Abbey buildings

SWC Walk 216 Kelvedon Circular

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Paycocke's, Coggeshall

Paycocke's, Coggeshall

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Terracotta Bas-relief at All Saints Church, Feering

Terracotta Bas-relief at All Saints Church, Feering

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River Blackwater

River Blackwater

Kelvedon circular via Coggeshall

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Grange Barn, Coggeshall

Grange Barn, Coggeshall

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Kelvedon Circular walk

Gentle Essex walk through the quiet Blackwater Valley to historic Coggeshall, with 300 listed buildings, for lunch.

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
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