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The Essex Way Section 1 - Epping to Ongar

  • Dec 29, 2012 · 9:45 AM
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The Essex Way

This is an 81 mile trail designed to revolutionise your perspective on Essex. It charts a course through farmland, woodland, leafy lanes, historic small towns and villages and river valleys, with a closing stretch along the Stour Estuary to the sea. A good reason to head out in a north-easterly direction where the London-based hiking groups seldom venture.

Section 1 – 8 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival back at Epping Station by bus if you stop in Ongar for lunch.

We kick off with a short hike of just under 8 miles, so we’ll cover the whole distance in three hours before lunch at a good fast medium pace. The path has plenty to offer along the way as it passes through a variety of wooded areas, fields with open views of the rolling landscape and one or two attractive villages, as well as a crossing over the M11.










Photo © Copyright Trevor Harris

There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.










Photo © Copyright Trevor Harris


Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet for Start of Hike: This time we all meet up the starting point of the hike itself. Arrive between 9.45 and 10.00 a.m. at Epping Station, which is the last stop on the Central Line eastbound. Make sure you get on the train to Epping. If it mentions Woodford, Hainault, Newbury Park or anything else instead of Epping don't get it.

Check your journey time to Epping on Transport for London. Then add at least 10 minutes onto it as the timings given can be optimistic.

There are toilets on the platform at Epping Station. It is advisable to make use of them before going out through the barrier.

Travel Cost: Epping is in zone 6. The single fare with an Oyster card from zone 1 is £2.90, so that’s £5.80 return. There will also be a bus fare of about £2.60 from Ongar at the end of the hike back to Epping.

The Full Hike: 8 miles. Maximum 3 hours







End of Hike: Arrive at Ongar Two Brewers by 1:00 pm.

Lunch Stop: A pub lunch for those who do not want to rush back.

Return Travel: The SM Coaches service leaves Ongar Two Brewers about every 30 minutes for Epping and Harlow. The departures are at 10 minutes and 38 minutes past the hour. The journey time to Epping is about 25 minutes.

So, if you want to rush back you can get the 1:10 bus at the end of the walk. If stopping for lunch it will be the 2:10, 2:38, 3:10 etc.

There are also buses to Brentwood.


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  • Simon

    Great way to blow away the Christmas cobwebs - many thanks to Chris for organising

    December 30, 2012

  • Christopher

    Another mudfest with a lovely group of people including lots of newcomers. Some nice bits in the forest and a welcoming pub at the end.

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising the walk today Chris.....great to meet everyone and thankfully the rain held off. Lots of mud and bogs to challenge us. Hope to see you on another walk soon.

    December 29, 2012

  • Kieran B.

    I'm coming for the first time tomorrow.

    Is there a recommended kit list? I also think that I have the Ordnance Survey map for the area, if anyone would be interested.

    December 28, 2012

    • Christopher

      Hi Kieran, click on the Pages tab at the top and you will find full info in the Joined Up Hiking page.

      December 28, 2012

  • Frank

    If anyone is interested, I found this leaflet that Essex Council has done on the path. It's worth a quick glance:

    December 28, 2012

  • Fiona J.

    Hi Christopher - I signed up for this walk over a week ago - but can't see my acceptance. Hopefully I can still join you all - need to blow out a few cobwebs.


    December 28, 2012

  • Christopher

    Hi all,

    The current forecast is for a rare period of dry weather at the start of the walk, but more rain again by noon. In any case be prepared for rain and mud.

    Make sure to arrive in good time as we will start walking at 10 am no matter what. My phone number in case you need it is 07971357104.

    I look forward to seeing you for the start of the Essex Way tomorrow!


    1 · December 28, 2012

  • Kevin

    Hi Christopher, Is it too late to sign up for the Epping walk on the 29th?



    December 24, 2012

    • Kevin

      Hi Christopher, Understood. Thanks - Kevin

      December 25, 2012

    • Christopher

      Hi Kevin, I've enabled RSVPs again for a while.

      December 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy Christmas all. If I wasn't going to be in the Algarve, I'd have come on the walk.


    December 23, 2012

    • Christopher

      I'm sure it's not a patch on Essex, but have a joyous time and see you in the New Year!

      December 23, 2012

  • Fiona J.

    looking forward to a good walk (to blow out the cobwebs after ALL that turkey...............) Have a good Christmas and see you all on the 29th x

    December 19, 2012

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