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.
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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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