Hockley and Hullbridge

Low tide at Hullbridge


  • Start: Hockley station (station code HOC, postcode SS5 4BG)
  • Finish: Hockley station (station code HOC, postcode SS5 4BG)
  • Distance: 13.45km
  • Total ascent: 158m
  • Naismith time: 2h 58m
  • London terminus: Liverpool Street
  • Ticketing: Day return to Hockley
  • Intermediate transport: Bus at Hullbridge (6.46km) to Rayleigh station
  • Facilities: Convenience shop and pub at Hullbridge (6.46km); café and pub at Bull Lane (12.31km); all facilities in Hockley


This walk takes in the gently rippling landscape to the north-west of the “Greater Southend-on-Sea” area. There are fieldpaths, forest trails and quiet lanes, as well as a section along the banks of the tidal River Crouch. Old maps show that Hockley used to be a simple ribbon development on the road between Southend and Rayleigh, and Hullbridge little more than the end of the road — the bridge disappeared from documents in the eighteenth century, as did the ferry thereafter. Apart from farming, the main industry was in brickmaking, the works’ areas now covered by housing near Hockley station and by the mobile home park in Hullbridge. The route’s return to Hockley passes through Great Bull Wood to the ancient Bull Inn (recently restored after a fire) before following the streets to the station.

Great Bull Wood


Disclaimer and advisory notices

Note that lwalks.london can accept no responsibility for content on an external site or in an external publication, nor for any action by an external site which renders our content or link outdated or unworkable. Furthermore, lwalks.london retains the liberty to unlink external content at any time if the content loses relevance to the linking page(s).

Images used on the lwalks.london site are either owned by lwalks.london, or are subject to a licence-to-use held by lwalks.london. These images must not be further used by any third party without the explicit permission of lwalks.london, or of the original image licensor. A small number of images are in the public domain.

Routes are to be followed entirely at the walker’s own risk: lwalks.london can take no responsibility for any inconvenience, damage, loss or injury caused by attempting to follow a route, which is no more than a mere suggestion of a possible enterprise.

We should be happy to learn of any changes to the line of a walk and/or its attendant facilities, or to consider an image which you own for inclusion on the site, lwalks.london thus being granted a free and non-exclusive licence to use the image anywhere on its site. Please contact us.

%d bloggers like this: