132km — walked July to September 2021
The Essex Way crosses the county “from Epping to Harwich”, though I am among those to have chosen to walk in the opposite direction. As one might expect, there are few craggy landscapes here — this is Constable country, after all. The paths are reasonably well maintained (a few paths and some bridges do need attention) and the walking is relatively easy — though those reliant on frequent public transport may need to sign up for 20km on some days.
The Essex Way is not short on written guides. The most useful book (for me) is Peter Aylmer’s Walking in Essex: his description of the Essex Way runs from west to east, but there should be no difficulty in following the route in either direction. The PDF document from Essex County Council shows the route clearly on a minimalist map, but the text has a number of typos and similar errors, and some of the references are outdated.
For the westbound walker, the final flourish before Ongar is passing the historic church at Greensted; for the eastbound walker, it is rounding Beacon Cliff for the final promenade to Harwich.
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