SWC Walk 216
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
, combined admission is £7 (free for NT). Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum
. Admission £6. (£5.50 for old-timers, RHS free) Walk Directions here.