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distance 11.53km Vertical gain +10m Vertical drop -10m Durée 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Leigh-on-Sea - Southend-on-Sea

A walk across salt marshes with numerous birds and returning inland via the ruined Hadleigh Castle. Highly accessible from London as the Fenchurch Street line takes under an hour to get you to the start.

distance 11.95km Vertical gain +75m Vertical drop -68m Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in High Halstow - Medway

This Kent walk takes you onto the southern shores of the Thames Estuary. The route is easy to follow (apart from the start). The area visited during the walk provided Dickens with the perfect scene for his prison huls in his novel 'Great Expectations'.

Walking Three Pubs Circular ( Download : )
Three Pubs Circular
distance 14.51km Vertical gain +82m Vertical drop -75m Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Purleigh - Essex

A circular walk from Purleigh that passes close to three excellent pubs using footpaths, bridleways, byways and short sections of country lanes. It joins St Peter's Way here and there, follows a disused railway track and goes through vineyards before meeting a WW1 airfield. A walk for all seasons, although sections can be muddy after rain.

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Reviewed & updated 26/5/21

Walking Easy walk through orchards ( Download : )
distance 14.12km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -70m Durée 4h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Medway

Through several of Kent's fine apple & pear orchards plus one field of Nordic fir Christmas trees ending through open fields of sheep and cattle.

distance 8.9km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -34m Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandon (Essex) - Essex

3 village circular walk through Howegreen, Great Baddow, and Sandon

Along pavements, footpaths and bridleways and across fields.

Walking Ridge and River ( Download : )
distance 12.14km Vertical gain +182m Vertical drop -182m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Little Baddow - Essex

A circular walk that circumnavigates the village of Little Baddow. Beginning in Lingwood Common, the route follows bridleways, footpaths, the river towpath and quiet country lanes. A good walk for any time of year, but not after spells of prolonged rain when the towpath, especially, can become something of a quagmire. Walking it in spring is highly recommended as Blake's Wood is nationally known for its display of bluebells.

Checked & updated: August 2021

distance 7.86km Vertical gain +56m Vertical drop -63m Durée 2h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newington (Kent)-1 - Kent

A lovely walk through Kent orchards, past bird-rich lagoons and onto a hill with views across the Medway estuary. It takes you past historic settlements and the site of WWI inland defences before finishing with a birds-eye view of the fine tower of St Mary's church.

distance 4.13km Vertical gain +12m Vertical drop -40m Durée 1h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newington (Kent)-1 - Kent

This pleasant walk takes you both sides of Newington's historic watercress beds and past lagoons and open spaces filled with birds.

Walking Into The Wilderness ( Download : )
Into The Wilderness
distance 9.37km Vertical gain +59m Vertical drop -62m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Woodham Walter - Essex

An enjoyable stroll near the ancient rural village of Woodham Walter with a nature reserve, arable fields, woodland and The Wilderness. The route is along bridleways and footpaths for the most part, with a couple of short sections on quiet country lanes. There are only two cross-field paths so it's a good winter walk although, like any hike in Essex, it can be muddy after rain.

Last checked and updated: 22 June 2021 - see below

distance 2.86km Vertical gain +23m Vertical drop -22m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Newington (Kent)-1 - Kent

The walk climbs a small hill reputed to have been used as an encampment by Julius Caesar and which overlooks former WWI defences with a commemorative beacon erected by Newington History Group. It gives lovely views over ancient settlements and to the Medway estuary. The descent takes you through orchards - fruit-growing has been a major part of the local economy for centuries.

Walking Newington Walk 2 - South ( Download : )
distance 4.34km Vertical gain +37m Vertical drop -40m Durée 1h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newington (Kent)-1 - Kent

The walk takes you through typical 'Garden of England' orchards, across a centuries-old farm and past historic landmarks and former WWI inland defences.

Walking Newington Walk 1 - South ( Download : )
distance 4.45km Vertical gain +37m Vertical drop -37m Durée 1h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newington (Kent)-1 - Kent

A pleasant walk through apple orchards, past an ancient denehole and a beacon marking the site of WWI inland defences and over Standard Hill, reputed to be a stopping point for Julius Caesar.

distance 17.45km Vertical gain +90m Vertical drop -145m Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Essex

From wooden bus stop we follow Hutton Village, then off-road to the old church. We go cross-country to Ingrave, past the huge pile of Thorndon House & thru' Thorndon Park North. As well as the park, the route takes in many other properties owned by the Thames Chase Community Forest, including Warley Gap, Codham Hall Woods & Franks Wood. We pass thru' Little Warley, Great Warley and skirt the outside of Upminster on our way to the finish at the Thames Chase Forest Centre at Broadfields Farm.

Walking Repton’s Walk ( Download : )
distance 2.96km Vertical gain +21m Vertical drop -22m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Writtle - Essex

Explore Hylands Estate following this path through the park.

Walking Wickham Bishops Circular ( Download : )
Wickham Bishops Circular
distance 9.76km Vertical gain +118m Vertical drop -128m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wickham Bishops - Essex

An easy stroll in the countryside near Wickham Bishops, departing close to the redundant St Peter's church, passing beneath the last wooden railway viaduct in the country and then along the meandering banks of the River Blackwater. The return passes through woodland and has some excellent views across the Essex countryside. This is an all-seasons walk but is particularly good in spring and autumn.

Walking Hatfield Peverel Circular ( Download : )
distance 8.59km Vertical gain +30m Vertical drop -30m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hatfield Peverel - Essex

A pleasant stroll in the Essex countryside along field paths, secluded lanes and a stretch of river bank. Along the way there is an 18th century former priory, a canal lock (and tearoom), the delightfully named World's End Cottage, a ford and the Parish Church of St. Andrew.

distance 8.02km Vertical gain +18m Vertical drop -18m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Oare (Kent) - Kent

This Kent walk explores the marshes, creeks and tideways on the south side of the River Swale. On the far side of the water is the Isle of Sheppey and in season the area is an excellent place for watching birdlife.

distance 11.33km Vertical gain +19m Vertical drop -18m Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tollesbury - Essex

An Essex walk that explores the salt marshes between the village of Tollesbury and the River Blackwater. Tollesbury has much of interest inclusing a bustling marina, restored sail lofts and a preserved lightship.

Faversham to Hollowshore circular route
distance 6.85km Vertical gain +5m Vertical drop -5m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Faversham - Kent

A small part of the Saxon Shore Way. A great walk along Faversham Creek to Hollowshore. Great pub, then a shorter walk back through farmland. Enjoy the beautiful desolation of the marshes, just you, the birds, and the breeze. Stop for a rest or bite to eat at the wonderful Shipwrights Arms, then either re-trace your steps or take the shorter walk back through Ham Farm.

distance 12.63km Vertical gain +154m Vertical drop -157m Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Harrietsham - Kent

A pleasant walk through the Kent countryside of the North Downs. The route uses a paths and sections of trackways to complete the circuit. The start can be reached by train from London Victoria station.