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Released: 31st March 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Clive Brown
Written by Clive Brown, Walks for all Ages Essex features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the county.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Clive then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along. Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Essex is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Walk 01 Cabbage Wood - 6 miles
Walk 02 Castle Hedingham - 3¾ miles
Walk 03 Coggeshall - 3¾ miles
Walk 04 Copperas Bay - 4½ miles
Walk 05 East Mersea Flats - 3¼ miles
Walk 06 Epping Forest - 4 miles
Walk 07 Finchingfield Brook - 3 miles
Walk 08 Flitch Way - 3 miles
Walk 09 Great Bardfield - 3¾ miles
Walk 10 Hadleigh Castle - 3 miles
Walk 11 Hatfield Forest - 4¼ miles
Walk 12 Ingrebourne Valley - 3¾ miles
Walk 13 Layer Marney Tower - 4½ miles
Walk 14 Log Church - 4½ miles
Walk 15 Matching Green - 4½ miles
Walk 16 Paper Mill Lock - 5½ miles
Walk 17 Roding Valley - 6 miles
Walk 18 Stistedhall Park - 2¼ miles
Walk 19 Stour Estuary & Flatford Mill - 5 miles
Walk 20 Thaxted - 3¾ miles
On first impression the county of Essex seems to divide neatly into two halves: the crowded suburban south with its busy industrial towns along the Thames Estuary and neat ranks of modern housing stretching out of sight; and the empty and agricultural rural north, with its endless little villages reached by narrow lanes, the half-timbered houses sprawled around a village green. In reality there are some beautiful parts of the county in the south. To the east the land is very flat, tailing off in endless mud flats and salt marsh; a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
This book scratches the surface of the walking routes available in the county. Epping Forest features in only one walk yet there are plenty more paths and tracks to discover. Other areas worth exploring are Thorndon Country Park near Brentwood, Danbury Common and village near Chelmsford and Dedham Vale along the River Stour on the border with Suffolk.
The Roman fort of Caesaromagus existed at the confluence of the rivers Can and Chelmer during the Roman Era. The settlement’s name became Ceolmaer’s Ford in Saxon times and Celmeresfort in the Domesday Book. By the end of the 12th century, after the building of a bridge and the granting of the Royal Charter giving permission to hold a market, the town had become Chelmsford. The church of St Mary’s became a cathedral, the second smallest in England. Chelmsford had to wait until the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012 before it was granted city status.
Colchester’s proud boast is that it is the oldest town in England. The settlement had been founded towards the end of the Iron Age, not long before the arrival of the Romans, who invaded Britain in AD 43. After the Legions moved on and the town became Camulodunum; a colonia or centre for retired soldiers, bringing Roman culture to the area. After the death of the Emperor Claudius in AD 54, he was immediately deified and a magnificent temple built in the town to worship him; its centrepiece was a life-size bronze figure.
The complacency of the Roman settlers was shattered in 61AD; King Prasutagus of the Iceni died and left his widow and their two daughters in the care of the Roman Empire. Historically Rome had little regard for the rights of women; the daughters were raped and Queen Boudicca badly beaten up. Boudicca and the Iceni led a popular revolt against Rome destroying Colchester and burning the survivors alive in Claudius’s Temple. The bronze statue was smashed to pieces; amazingly the severed head was found in 1907 by a boy swimming in the River Alde in Suffolk and it can still be seen in the British Museum. Boudicca and her army went on to destroy London and St Albans before being massacred by a Roman Army from the north-west.
Essex is a stronghold of the art of pargeting, relief or 3D decorations in the plasterwork between the studs (wooden struts) of half-timbered, wooden frame houses. The artwork sometimes covers the whole of the first floor walls of a building. Simple designs were made using just a shaped piece of wood, while more complex shapes were made with fingers and templates and occasionally with pre-shaped sections.
Every village in the county seems to have its own derelict World War II airfield. At certain times of day towards the end of the war, the skies above Essex must have been black with aircraft. The county is also well provided with Local Nature Reserves (LNR) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Essex Wildlife Trust look after nine visitor centres, two nature parks and 87 local nature reserves.