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Red poppy and name on white discEssex Way


132 km / 82 miles
The Essex Way crosses the county mostly on rural paths from Epping just outside the M25 to Harwich on the coast. The Way heads across gently undulating agricultural land, passing through or near many attractive old villages including Willingdale, Pleshey, Coggeshall, Dedham, which has connections with the painter John Constable, and Manningtree where it takes to the Stour Estuary.

For an up-to-date route description for the full Essex Way, the Cicerone guidebook for walks in Essex has been updated by Peter Aylmer and is listed below.

At Epping, the Essex Way is joined by the 15-mile Epping Forest Centenary Walk so it is possible to make a 97-mile traverse of Essex from Manor Park within Greater London.

To celebrate the 21st year of the Essex Way the 13-mile Ridley Round was created which is coincident with six miles of the Essex Way. Beating the Bounds (Essex) is another circular walk (16 miles) and meets the Essex Way at Great Waltham. The John Ray Walk (9 miles) crosses the Essex Way between Braintree and Witham.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Waymark: Red poppy and name on white disc
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Red poppy and name on white disc
Attributes: Paths marked on OS mapping
Start: TL462016 - Epping Station, Epping, Essex View on StreetMap
Finish: TM262324 - Harwich, Essex View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Essex Walks - Essex Way backwards Essex Way Relay Race Essex Life - Explore Essex on the Essex Way Walk Griffmonster - Essex Way posts [blog] Backpack Artist - Essex Way [blog] My Adventures 2 - Essex Way 1: Epping to Ongar [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 2: Ongar to Peppers Green [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 3: Peppers Green to Great Waltham [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 4: Great Waltham to White Notley [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 5: White Notley to Coggeshall [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 6: Coggeshall to Gt Horkesley [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 7: Gt Horkesley to Mistley [blog] My Adventures 3 - Essex Way 8: Mistley to Harwich [blog] Trailman - Across Essex: Epping to Coggeshall [blog] Trailman - Across Essex: Coggeshall to Harwich [blog] Essex Way - Tim Bertuchi Essex Way (WalkingInTheWild) website Essex Way [Youtube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking in Essex: 25 walks and a 96 mile 'across Essex' route  (Cicerone Press  - 2019 )
External download Essex Way  (Essex County Council  - 2004 ) Download
External download Essex Way - Route Description  (Essex Way Relay Race  - 2011 ) Download
Guidebook Essex Way  (Joe Jackson  - 2021 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 167, 168, 169
OS Landranger Active 167, 168, 169
OS Explorer 174, 183, 184, 195, 196, 197
OS Explorer Active 174, 183, 184, 195, 196, 197

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Essex Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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Route Profile:

131.8 km (81.9 miles)
1,041 m (3,415 ft) ascent
117 m (384 ft)  maximum height

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