In 2019, I created and walked a set of nine routes, collectively called Get out of London!. These emanate from Trafalgar Square in the eight compass directions (east being represented on each bank of the Thames, therefore nine routes).
It is now time to start linking them up, using existing named (and, one hopes, waymarked) routes. This is the first sector of the circumcardinal walk, from Southend-on-Sea to Epping.
ENE sector — Southend-on-Sea to Epping
(82.50km; 916m ascent)
From Southend-on-Sea, the Saffron Trail (note: poor waymarking and, in places, poor maintenance) is followed as far as East Hanningfield, where the route changes to follow St Peter’s Way. The Essex Way is picked up at Chipping Ongar to see out the sector. From Leigh-on-Sea, the route of the Hadleigh-to-Stratford Legacy Walk is almost entirely coincident with the route.
|01: Southend-on-Sea to Eastwood — 15.24km; 165m ascent|
Streets, sea front, woodland and fields
|02: Eastwood to Battlesbridge — 15.91km; 155m ascent|
Mainly green space; road at end
|03: Battlesbridge to East Hanningfield — 9.50km; 129m ascent|
Footpaths and lanes
|04: East Hanningfield to Margaretting — 14.73km; 127m ascent|
Footpaths, lanes and a low-headroom tunnel
|05: Margaretting to Chipping Ongar — 15.45km; 130m ascent|
Almost entirely fieldpaths
|06: Chipping Ongar to Epping — 12.03km; 147m ascent|
Fieldpaths, forest and lanes
> Forward to NNE — Epping to Hatfield
These are my research walk days for this sector.
- Day 1 — Southend-on-Sea to Hockley Woods (19.48km; 299m ascent)
- Day 2 — Hockley to East Hanningfield — repeated an extra day following serious bramble/briar attacks and minor diversions due to poor Saffron Way signage and maintenance (20.33km; 205m ascent)
- Day 3 — East Hanningfield to Margaretting (14.70km; 119m ascent)
- Day 4 — Margaretting to Chipping Ongar (15.38km; 127m ascent)
- Day 5 — Chipping Ongar to Epping (12.00km; 152m ascent)
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