Chalkney Wood Walk

Distance

5 Miles

Parking

Public car behind the Co-op supermarket in the High Street.

Refreshments

Various pubs and a tea room in Earls Colne.

Map

Landranger no 168

The Walk

Leave the car park, turning left and after a short distance turning left again up a small cul-de-sac with the house with a distinctive verandah on your right.

Go through the alleyway at the end of the cul de sac, turning right at the end and continuing straight ahead crossing "Hillie Bunnies" and onwards to the footpath ahead. Follow the footpath and head downhill enjoying the views over the valley( beware at this point of flying golfballs!) as you head down across the golf course to the bridge crossing the River Colne.

Keep straight ahead , join the railway path and turn right follow this fantastic path until it comes to an end.

Descend the steps to the road and turn right heading towards White Colne.

Continue along the road ignoring the left hand turn and head downhill to cross the A1124, follow this road in the same direction for approx 20 yds and turn left down the side of house number 20 (footpath sign is on the opposite side of the road) pass through a gate and continue along the path.

When you come to a stile, climb over and follow this beautiful winding riverside path as it follows the River Colne, Soon after crossing the next stile the path continues ahead as the river winds off to the right, stay on this path following first a barbed wire fence and then a hedge on your left soon crossing another stile and continuing ahead, to your left a large lake can be glimpsed through the trees, follow the waymarks and cross a footbridge and head to the left hand corner of the field and a large electric pylon.

Climb the stile to emerge on a metaled track , turn right soon passing the mill on your right,following the waymarks continue straight ahead between the kennels and farm buildings and into the woods beyond.

As soon as you enter Chalkney wood turn right immediately on a waymarked trail and cross a footbridge, follow this enchanting path as it winds its way along the perimeter of Chalkney wood looking out for the views of Earls Colne to your right.

This path ends when it meets the Entrance track to the wood, cross straight over to the gate and stile opposite, climb the stile and take the right hand fork after a few yards again take the right hand fork.

Continue along this path, still following the perimeter of the wood, stay on the path as it bears sharply left and winds its way through a sparsely wooded area to emerge at a "crossroad" junction of broad paths, turn right and follow this path as it gradually goes downhill, soon coming to a gate and then emerging on a road.

Turn right, heading downhill until you reach the bottom and the road bears sharply right and you have a large electric pylon on your right.

Take the footpath which is signposted on your left, be careful here, the sign is a bit deceiving, you must follow the left hand side of the hedgerow that the sign is pointing at, following the right hand edge of the field, head for the small copse ahead and take the track from the corner of the field through the copse.

Stay on the track as it crests a hill, with views of Colne Valley ahead as it bears slightly to the left and follows the left hand edge of a field soon entering another small copse.

Keep ahead, passing a large black barn on your right and emerging on to the Coggeshall road, continue straight on, passing houses either side and where the road bears right follow the waymarked path turning left up a private drive , follow the path at the end of the drive, which has impressive views of the church to your right.

Pass through the waymarked gate and keeping straight on, ignoring the waymarked trail to your right, pass through the next gate and turn right following the right hand edge of the field and then bearing left along the bottom.

Soon the path turns right away from the field and after crossing a stream heads uphill, on emerging on the road turn right and take the second turning on your left up york road, at the end cross the A1124 and return to the car park.