Red campion

Red campion

Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Living fence

Living fence

Hanningfield Nature Reserve Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Buttercup meadow

Buttercup meadow

Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Red campion

Red campion

Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Framed path

Framed path

Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Cow parsley with view

Cow parsley with view

Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Cow parsley

Cow parsley

Wickford to Battlesbridge

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Wickford to Battlesbridge or South Woodham Ferrers walk

Grassy fields, quiet lanes, a smattering of woods, Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve and the tidal River Crouch.


Length

21.6 km (13.4 mi), of which 4.2 km (2.6 mi) on tarmac or pavement.

Toughness 4 out of 10
OS Maps OS Landranger Map: 167 (Chelmsford), 168 (Colchester) and 178 (Thames Estuary).
OS Explorer Map: 175 (Southend-on-Sea & Basildon).
Walk Notes

This surprisingly diverse and rural walk avoids industrial and suburban features often associated with walking in Essex, but instead leads through plenty of rolling grassy fields, quiet lanes and a smattering of woods, before heading through the enchanting - Wildlife Trust run - Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve. After a short stretch along the reservoir itself it then heads for the lunch pub: The Old Windmill in South Hanningfield. The afternoon route leads through more grassy fields, valleys and wooded strips, before following the tidal River Crouch into Battlesbridge.

Walk options

Shortcut: You can return from the lunch pub to Wickford by bus (approx. every two hours, though not on Sundays).

Alternative endings at South Woodham Ferrers

20.5 km (12.8 mi, rated 3/10), 25.8 km (16.1 mi, rated 5/10) or 30.3 km (18.9 mi, rated 6/10)

This alternative ending is entirely flat, initially following a stream all the way South Woodham Ferrers, with fields either side. It then skirts around the town, briefly passing through Woodham Fenn Nature Reserve and along Fenn Creek, to finally follow for an extended period between the tidal River Crouch, mudflats and creeks on one side, and Marsh Farm Country Park on the other side (a haven for birdwatchers). The long ending is extremely tranquil and very coastal in character. It is especially attractive at low tide. For a timetable of the tide at the river’s mouth (not too dissimilar from the tide at South Woodham Ferrers/Hullbridge) look here, on the Crouch Harbour website.

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Trains

Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: SS11 7AT Directions then return to your car by train:

Finish: SS11 7RG Directions then travel to the start by train:

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Jun-17

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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk