Hockley and Hullbridge

Low tide at Hullbridge

Logistics

  • 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

Description

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

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