The Essex Way

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The Colne Valley lies in the picturesque rolling countryside of North-East Essex.
Within these pages you will find an indispensable guide to the area along with pages featuring routes for walkers and cyclists.

The Essex Way is a long-distance path stretching right across the County of Essex from Epping in the south-west to the port of Harwich in the north-east. Following footpaths and ancient green lanes it covers a distance of 81 miles.
The path leads you through ancient woodlands, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes, unveiling historic towns and villages along the way.

Look out for the special dark green Essex Way plaques and direction arrows. These are attached to fingerposts, stiles, gates and posts. The Essex Way is clearly signposted and waymarked in both directions. The waymarks, together with the maps in the guidebook, make the walk easy to follow. The guidebook illustrates points of interest along the way and includes an accommodation guide for the whole route.

Visit the Essex County Council's website for more information about Public rights of way in Essex and details of how to order your copy of the guide to thje Essex Way(price £3).


81 miles


The Essex Way is well served by Public Transport, especially by train.
For details of bus and train timetables contact the Public Transport section of Essex County Council (01245) 492211.

Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 "Explorer Maps"

Epping Forest & Lee Valley No. 174
Chelmsford and The Rodings No.183
Braintree and Saffron Waldon No.195
Sudbury, Hadleigh,

The Essex Way crosses three other LDPs in Essex

St Peter's Way, a 45-mile (72.5 km) walk from Chipping Ongar (Essex Way) to Bradwell-on-Sea.
Three Forests Way, a 60-mile (97 km) circular walk linking Epping, Hatfield and Hainhault forests.
Essex Clayway, 28 miles (45 km) linking the Essex Way at Coggeshall to St Peter's Way at Mundon.

The Essex way Map