The journey so far…
Section 5 – 18 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Manningtree Station by taxi if you don’t stop for a drink in the pub at Dedham at the end of the hike.
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This is a very long and rewarding hike, starting with a lovely winding stretch for some miles along the River Colne, then many more miles across the familiar open fields from one village and church to the next and on into the more wooded vales of Constable country, finishing our epic trek in the beautiful village of Dedham. Here we will stop for a drink or two before getting taxis to the nearest station at Manningtree for the journey home.
Photo © Copyright Trevor Harris
We will be out on the path for seven hours, including a stop for a picnic lunch. Bring a packed lunch and be prepared to keep going at a medium fast pace the whole day.
We meet up earlier than usual at Liverpool Street station in order to pack everything in.
This is a free event. Due to the high travel cost the usual £1 organizer fee is waived.
Some general recommendations and tips.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 at Liverpool Street Station, by the railway ticket office.
Buy Ticket: A return and a single as follows:
Return from Liverpool Street to Manningtree. Price £25.80 down to £12.90 in a group of 4.
Single from Marks Tey to Chappel & Wakes Colne. Price £6.30 down to £3.15 in a group of 4.
The total rail fare is £32.10 down to £16.05 in a group of 4.
Added to this you will need to share a taxi from Dedham to Manningtree at the end of the hike. The fare is about £2.50 each for four people, so the total travel cost for the day is about £19.
Outward Travel: 9:02 train from platform 12 to Marks Tey, arriving at 9:57. Change to platform 3 for the 10:01 train to Chappel & Wakes Colne, arriving at 10:07.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:10 to 10:15 a.m. at Chappel & Wakes Colne Station.
Full Day Hike: 18 miles. 7 hours, including a stop for a picnic lunch.
End of Hike: Arrive in Dedham by 17:15. Decide how long you want to stay in the pub and I will ring for taxis to take people in groups to Manningtree station at the appropriate time.
Post hike refreshment: The Sun Inn, High Street, Dedham.
Return Travel: There are frequent trains from Manningtree platform 2 into Liverpool Street, at 02, 19* and 53 minutes past the hour. The journey time is between 58 minutes and 1 hour 16 minutes.
* Not 18:19
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