The journey so far…
Section 3 – 14 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at White Notley station at 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...
This is an attractive medium length hike that packs in many architectural highlights. We pass through an impressive country estate at the start and visit a beautiful Tudor walled garden and a unique pair of 13th century timber barns towards the end.
Photo © Copyright David Kemp
Further points of interest during the day are a couple of characteristic old village churches and a windmill. The countryside itself is pretty nice too.
The terrain is completely flat but it's still an energetic day out as we keep to the medium fast joined up hiking pace throughout.
We will stop in a traditional pub for lunch.
Photo © Copyright Trevor Harris
Some general recommendations and tips.
There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:45 and 9:05 a.m. at Liverpool Street station by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy white hat and moustache for recognition.
Buy Ticket: Return to White Notley. The price is £20.20 down to £10.10 in a group of 4.
The total travel cost for the day also includes a taxi or bus fare of £3 or £3.10
Outward Travel: 9:18 train from platform 14 to Chelmsford. Arrive at 9:52.
Taxi or Bus to Start of Hike: I have booked a couple of minibuses to take us from Chelmsford station to the start of the hike, and will try to order another car on the day if we need it. Otherwise a few of us of can get the 42A First Bus service from Chelmsford Bus Station close by. This leaves at 10:16 and arrives in Great Waltham at 10:43, at about the same time as the taxis.
Meet for Start of Hike: At Great Waltham Church. If you are making your own way to Great Waltham then you must meet us at the point marked with a red flag on the map below. See larger image.
This is at the junction of Barrack Lane and Main Road at the entrance to the Churchyard opposite the Beehive pub. See the photos below.
Make sure the organizer has your phone number and you have his.
Part 1: 6 miles. 2 hours.
Lunch Stop: We will have a booking for lunch in a pub or you can bring your own lunch to have somewhere nearby and come in for a drink.
Part 2: 8 miles. 3 hours. This includes a slight detour off the Essex Way to potter around the historic Cressing Temple site near the end.
End of Hike: Arrive at White Notley station by 17:00.
Post Hike Refreshment: It is unclear whether there is a pub in White Notley or not, so don't count on it.
Return Travel: 17:08 from White Notley to Liverpool Street. Journey time 53 minutes. Further trains leave at hourly intervals thereafter.
More about the group