The journey so far…
Section 6 – 12.5 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Manningtree Station at the end of the hike.
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This circular hike is primarily an excuse to see more of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale after walking 70 miles in the previous five sections to get here. From Manningtree we head up the Stour to the iconic Flatford Mill, then we cross to the north side of the estuary to explore East Bergholt and stop in a nice pub for lunch. Then we head south again to see a bit more of Dedham where section 5 ended, and finally get onto the next four miles of the Essex Way as we return to Manningtree.
As usual we keep to a medium fast hiking pace throughout the day.
There is a £1 fee payable to the organizer on the day.
Some general recommendations and tips.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:50 and 9:15 at Liverpool Street Station, by the railway ticket office.
Buy Ticket: Return from Liverpool Street to Manningtree. Price £25.80 down to £12.90 in a group of 4.
Outward Travel: 9:30 train from platform 3, arriving in Manningtree at 10:31.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:30 to 10:35 a.m. at Manningtree Station.
Part 1: 6 miles. 2 hours 15 minutes
Lunch: We will stop in a pub with a nice garden. Either order lunch or bring your own packed lunch to have somewhere nearby and come to the pub for a drink.
Part 2: 6.5 miles. 2 hours 20 minutes
End of Hike: Arrive in Manningtree by 16:45.
Post hike refreshment: The King’s Arms on the way to the station seems to be defunct, so it would be necessary to take a detour beyond the station into Manningtree for a drink.
Return Travel: Get the 16:53 from Manningtree platform 2 to Liverpool Street. Journey time 1 hour. Otherwise there are frequent trains to 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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