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The Essex Way Section 7 - Manningtree to Harwich

  • Sep 28, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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The journey so far

Section 7 – 16.5 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Harwich Green 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 the last and by no means the least of our seven hikes on the Essex Way, which began in the mud of December last year and reached a midpoint in the parched fields of the agricultural heartland during the heat-wave in July.

This section has a unique flavour as the majority of the route is alongside or near the coastline. We follow the Stour Estuary out of Manningtree most of the way to Harwich and then cut across to the other side of the peninsula for the final approach to the finishing point of this 81 mile long-distance trail, bumped up to a round 100 miles with the (mostly deliberate) scenic detours in the Joined Up Hiking version.

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.

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 8:30 and 8:45 at Liverpool Street Station, by the railway ticket office.

Buy Ticket: A return to Harwich Town. Price £30.10 down to £15.05 in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:00 train from platform 10 to Manningtree, arriving at 9:55.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 9:55 to 10:05 a.m. at Manningtree Station.

Full Day Hike: 17 miles. 7 hours, including a stop for a picnic lunch.

End of Hike: Arrive at the harbour in Harwich by 17:10

Post hike refreshment: We will celebrate with a drink in Harwich, or if there is no decent pub to be found, back in London.

Return Travel: 17:28 from Harwich Town platform 1 to Manningtree, arriving at 17:50. Change to platform 2 for the 17:53 to Liverpool Street, arriving at 18:55.

The same journey is available at hourly intervals thereafter.

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  • Aleksandra K.

    I am sooo jealous! But I had to stay home as I have some pain in my foot and was afraid to risk going. I hope next time I'll make it. Cheers!

    September 29, 2013

  • iain

    My thanks to Chris for organising this walk.

    It's the first time I've attempted the North face of the "Essex Alps" :-)

    The walk was made by all the lovely,chatty,sociable people who came along.

    Highlight of the day:Walking at the back! :-))

    (This in reference to a comment made in the pub ) Lol !

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Agnes A

      Just shows what a versatile hiker you are Iain!

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • Christopher

    Hi everyone, the weather forecast is very nice, mainly sunny 16-17 C. My phone number in case you need it is 07971 357104. See you tomorrow!

    September 27, 2013

    • Agnes A

      Thanks for organising Chris. A successful hike in many ways - everyone completed the 16.5 miles (with a few doing an extra mile), brilliant weather throughout, nice fit lot of happy chirpy hikers (special appearance of friendly Spanish folks), good pace all

      1 · September 28, 2013

    • Agnes A

      the way meant we were on schedule catching the train from Harwich. Cheers!

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Marie-Laure

    Hello, I have to cancel again :-( Hope to see you all on 13/10.

    September 27, 2013

  • katrine

    I hope I can make it

    September 27, 2013

  • Pablo

    Looking forward to it.
    Just one question:
    Where exactly in the station do you usually meet?
    Near any shop?

    September 26, 2013

    • Christopher

      You can't miss it. Directly by the ticket office near a sign saying meeting point.

      September 26, 2013

    • Pablo


      September 26, 2013

  • Patricia

    Been a long time, won't miss this hike, missing my favourite group :-)

    September 4, 2013

    • Patricia

      can't make it. Booked something else that weekend. Have a lovely time :-)

      September 4, 2013

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