The Other Way in Essex (linear)

Sat 25th Jun 2016

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Event Details Updated
NOTE: * Expanded route details compared to "Strider" * Importance of bringing packed lunch, in the interests of time, given that this is already quite a long walk * Photos and a GPX can be downloaded from: https://goo.gl/2WExl5
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
26ml.
Start Time
09.00
Route
Start from Epping Station (meet at the coffee van by the car park entrance). Central Line trains every 10-15 minutes. Finish at Bishops Stortford Station probably between 19:00 and 19:30. Trains to London every 10-15 minutes.

Route taking us through Gernon Bushes, along(ish) the Essex Way through Toot Hill bypassing Chipping Ongar to a first b-y-o refreshment stop at Shelley churchyard (approx 9 miles).
Then via Clatterford End to meet up with the Three Forests Way and a second b-y-o refreshment stop at Abbess Roding (approx 14 miles).
Continue along the Three Forests Way (approximately) to the first opportunity for purchased food/drink in White Roding (approx 16.5 miles); onward again mostly along the Three Forests Way to the second food/drink option at the Cock Inn in Hatfield Broad Oak (approx 20 miles).
Final leg branches off and we traverse the lower part of Hatfield Forest before crossing the fields into Bishops Stortford.

General Notes
This is (apart from the first 50 feet) a completely different route from Dave's Bishops Stortford to Epping walk of February. Fairly level and open terrain - as of 9 June - mostly quite dry. The geography and hollowed-out nature of the Roding villages mean that we really do need to bring packed lunches - Bretts Farm Shop in White Roding offers a fair variety, including ice creams (eta 15:00). the Cock Inn does an extensive and unpretentious menu all day, but we are not likely to arrive there much before 16:45. There is a Plan B in the event of inclement weather (less distance, more roads, but with a pub lunch stop).
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Walk Report

The Other Way in Essex, Saturday 25th June 2016
12 walkers, 26 miles - leader Dick Bowman
At 26 miles, I believe that this was the longest group walk on the London LDWA calendar so far this summer. The walk largely followed two footpaths; the Essex Way from Epping Forest towards Toot Hill and Chipping Ongar, a little after which we picked up the Three Forests Way near Fyfield, towards Bishops Stortford.
There were four 'pit stops' on this walk, which were perfectly timed. The first at St Peter's Church, Shelley after our first 9 miles, the second at Abbess Roding, then later at Bretts farm shop in White Roding, a great find, as was the Cock Inn Public House in Hatfield.
The unseasonably heavy rain we've had in the South East of England over the last couple of weeks was certainly evident under foot throughout the walk.
We were fortunate with the weather, being mostly sunny all day, but it was humid, especially in the fields. Despite the rumbles of thunder and spectacular lighting seen afar, the rain-heavy black clouds seemed to bypass our route until the very last few miles, as we headed towards our finish. It was quite refreshing! At least it gave us a boost to get to the station on time and to finish the walk in 10 hours, which included our well-earned breaks. Well done to all!
Report by Helen Franklin

Twelve walkers, well-led by Dick, set off on a 26 mile "marathon" trip around some of Essex's well- but also lesser-known paths.
We splashed through "some" mud and pools of lying water. (You were right Dick, we loved The Marsh!) but mainly followed beautiful long grassy trails, woodland tracks and "snaked" through fields of yellowing barley and fresh green wheat. Colours were heightened by bright sunshine under wide east country skies. The tree-line views in the distances were at their Essex best.
Four much-needed and interesting refreshment breaks fuelled our progress, including one at Abbess Roding, site of St Edmunds church of which the medieval abbess of Barking was patron. All twelve walkers finished the trail, well satisfied with our day's prowess.
Report by Dorothy Shepherd
Photographs by Joelle Paul & Gavin Fuller

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