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Concord Beach Paddling Pool on hot summer's day

SWC Walk 258 Benfleet Circular (via Canvey Island)

09-Aug-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Benfleet Circular via Canvey Island

Varied walk around a unique island in the Thames Estuary: mudflats, creeks, river traffic, sandy beaches, seawall murals, grassy marshland, oil terminals & refineries

BEN 101

03-Feb-19 • newnumenor on Flickr

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Benfleet Circular via Leigh on Sea

Hadleigh Castle, Leigh on Sean, and Benfleet Creek

Sudbury from the common

Bures to Sudbury

23-May-15 • moontiger on Flickr

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Bures to Sudbury

The Stour Valley Way, Gainsborough country and historic Sudbury.

The Beach

Clacton to Walton on the Naze

29-Jun-19 • moontiger on Flickr

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Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze

A short North Sea coastal walk between 2 seaside resorts

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Epping to Chipping Ongar

The Essex Way broadly following the former Epping to Ongar tube line. Muddy in winter.


Audley End House

18-Aug-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Great Chesterford to Newport

Through rolling hills and river valleys to the historic market town of Saffron Walden and one of Britain's finest stately homes

Hadleigh Castle

Benfleet to leigh on Sea

24-Jun-12 • moontiger on Flickr

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Hadleigh Castle Country Park

Essex Coastline, a ruined castle with a view, and 2 Tree Island

St. Mary's Church, Buttsbury

SWC Walk 158 - Ingatestone to Battlesbridge or Wickford

23-May-18 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Ingatestone to Battlesbridge

The Wid Valley and the Wid itself, Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve and the Crouch Valley via a mix of woods and fields.

Grange Barn, Coggeshall

SWC Walk 216 Kelvedon Circular

12-Apr-14 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Kelvedon Circular

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

View from One Tree Hill towards Canvey Island

SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

09-Oct-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Laindon Circular

Essex Hills, wooded Nature Reserves and panoramic Thames Valley Views

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24-Sep-05 • Bela Struzkova

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Manningtree Circular

River Stour - Constable country

Sunset, Burnham-on-Crouch

SWC Walk 162 North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

15-Oct-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch

Follow the tidal River Crouch eastwards towards the North Sea atop the sea wall. Wide open and scenic countryside, mudflats, creeks, rich bird life, sailing boats and marinas.

Stile in Hedge Gap

SWC Walk 159 South Woodham Ferrers to North Fambridge

05-Oct-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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South Woodham Ferrers to North Fambridge

Long and varied walk in the Crouch valley across hilly parts of Essex, with some challenging field crossings and a serene riverside finish.

The Broomway at Asplins Head on Foulness ISland

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The Broomway and Foulness Island

Fabled tidal road off the coast off Essex across Maplin Sands to Foulness Island.

Wet woodland

Wakes Colne to Bures

25-May-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Wakes Colne to Bures

The Colne Valley, thatched cottages, brooks, farms, woods and undulating hills


30-Jun-10 • Andrew Murphy

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Walton-on-the-Naze Circular

Coastal walk from a faded grandeur Victorian seaside resort with pier to a fast eroding, fossil rich headland and a sand spit. Return along the beach or salt marsh sea wall.

Picnic spot on Wicken Water, Arkesden

SWC Walk 116 Wendens Ambo [Audley End station] Circular

27-Feb-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Wendens Ambo Circular

North West Essex hills and pretty villages

Tree, hedge, and buttercups

Wickford to Battlesbridge

08-Jun-13 • moontiger on Flickr

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Wickford to Battlesbridge

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

Clouds over the river Colne

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17-Sep-11 • Ludovic Lemaignen on Flickr

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Wivenhoe Circular

2 circular walks on either side of the Colne estuary. **check ferry times in advance**

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Wivenhoe to West Mersea or Clacton-on-Sea

Tidal river Colne to Brighlingsea. Then short ferry for coast walk to Clacton (long) or West Mersea (bus)