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The Essex Way Section 2 - Ongar to Great Waltham

  • Apr 27, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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The journey so far


Section 2 – 17 miles

This is the hike postponed from March due to various reasons. This time we will go ahead whatever the weather.

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Chelmsford Station by minibus after the end of the hike.

Please read the Three Golden Rules of Joined Up Hiking.

Are you OK with those? All right, then you may continue...


Our first hike on the Essex Way was short but quite strenuous due to the quantities of mud underfoot. Today we're walking more than twice as far.

We follow the path way out into the countryside alongside streams and across the fields, walking for miles at a stretch between the villages, with many old churches and other buildings from past centuries along the way.



Photo © Copyright David Kemp

You must bring your own packed lunch, as we will stop for a picnic lunch during the walk. We will also stop for a drink in a village pub later on.

You must be able to manage six hours of walking altogether at a fast medium pace the whole way.

Some general recommendations and tips.

There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.










Photo © Copyright Trevor Harris


Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

As well as walking you can compare and contrast four different types of transport service on this full day’s adventure - tube, bus, taxi and train.

Meet Up: For this event we meet up at Epping station and then hop on a bus to take us to the start of the hike. Arrive between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. at the very latest at Epping Station, which is the last stop on the Central Line eastbound. Make sure you get on the train to Epping. If it mentions Woodford, Hainault, Newbury Park or anything else instead of Epping don't get it.

Check your journey time to Epping on Transport for LondonThen add at least 10 minutes onto it as the timings given can be optimistic.

There are toilets on the platform at Epping Station. It is advisable to make use of them before going out through the barrier, but not at the cost of missing the bus.

Bus to Start of Hike: The SM Coaches service leaves Epping Station at 9:34. 30 minutes journey time to Ongar. Have your £3 fare ready.

Meet for Start of Hike: If you are making your own way to Ongar then you must meet us at the point marked with a red flag on the map below. See larger image.

This is the corner of Castle Street with the High Street. Be there before 10:00 a.m. as we will arrive at that time and will not wait. Make sure the organizer has your phone number and you have his.




Castle Street from the High Street


Travel Cost: The travel cost for the day from Central London and back is £15.60, made up as follows:

Single fare to Epping with an Oyster Card: £3.00

Bus fare from Epping to Ongar: £3.00

Share of Taxi fare from Great Waltham to Chelmsford Station: £2.50

Single fare from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street in a group of 4: £7.10.

Nobody will pay more than £7.10 for the rail fare if they travel back with the group, even if they don’t get in a group of 4. The organizer will subsidize if necessary from the accumulated surplus funds. (See the group accounts).

Part 1: 14.5 miles. 5 hours 45 minutes including a stop for a picnic lunch. You must bring a packed lunch.







Afternoon Stop: A pub stop for about 45 minutes.

Part 2: 2.5 miles. Maximum 1 hour.







Return Travel: A minibus and additional cars if needed will take all of us from Great Waltham to Chelmsford station. Pay the organizer £2.50 on the day for your share of the fare. There is also a local bus service for £2.60 but it only leaves hourly, at 13 minutes past the hour so I will ensure we have sufficient taxi space for everyone.

The trains from Chelmsford into Liverpool Street station are frequent, about every 15 minutes. Journey time 35 minutes.

We will buy the Group Save tickets and get the 18:09 or 18:21 train, arriving at Liverpool Street at 18:45 or 18:55.

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  • Alcina

    Thanks, Mark. Great fun to watch and remind us of our own experience. A big difference though... we did not turn back... well, we did but only to face them twice!

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all. Photos uploaded although as you can see they seem to have gone up in the wrong order ie the last one first! The guard geese -

    The bus -

    And the Packard 8 from last sunday -

    April 28, 2013

    • Francesc

      Thanks. They look great!

      1 · April 28, 2013

    • Christopher

      I finally got round to watching the videos - great to have the live action highlights, especially the bus trip!

      April 29, 2013

  • Christopher

    A very nice day's walk with sunshine at the right times. I like the Essex Way, and the group!

    April 28, 2013

  • Francesc

    As always. It was a great walk. I am happy I was there and let's hope I will be able to come soon

    April 27, 2013

  • Alcina

    Thank you, Christopher, for such a good day - a well organised hike, which included a special bus, cosy burning fire, nice taxi, good weather and of course excellent company!

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good - weather not half as bad as we expected. Well done Chris for keeping the rain god fed with whatever sacrifices you needed to make - shame it wasn't those geese!

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Ash K

    Good to start hiking again!

    April 27, 2013

  • Janet

    sorry am now down with a cold.

    April 26, 2013

  • Christopher

    Hi all, it looks like it will be cold tomorrow with an interesting mixture of sun and showers. Waterproof trousers or a plastic bag to sit on at lunchtime is essential.

    See you at Epping Station - my phone number in case you need it is[masked]

    April 26, 2013

  • Kieran B.

    Crying off with a sore hip.

    April 26, 2013

  • Alison

    Sorry to cancel last minute but have to work tomorrow:( Enjoy the walk

    April 26, 2013

  • Saika K.

    Cannot go anymore due to unforeseen circumstances! :(

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can no longer make this walk

    April 25, 2013

  • Francesc

    Yep. Back again after so long

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Patricia

    Can't make it this weekend, have an awesome time

    April 10, 2013

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