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Local Walks

Undoubtedly the best way to discover Essex’s beautiful countryside is on foot. Whether you’re a hiker or a plodder, there’s a walk in Essex for you. We’ve collated some popular routes here and our team is always happy to make recommendations when you stay with us too.



This 9km walk in Essex is perfect if you’re staying at The White Hart as you can pick up the route from our doorstep in Great Yeldham. Plus, it’s circular, so it will bring you back to where you started. It will take you approximately 2 hours to complete and we recommend timing your return to Great Yeldham, so that you arrive back with us just in time for a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. There’s nothing more rewarding.

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This 13km one way route is more than just a walk. It retraces the steps of the rebels between Castle Hedingham and Castle Clare to force King John to agree to the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215, taking in a number of landmarks along the way. This walk in Essex is one way and there are no transport links between the two villages, so you will need to arrange transport in advance, or be prepared to walk the return journey too.

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For a shorter route that still encompasses the historic significance of the Magna Carta signing you can pick up this 6km walk from Castle Hedingham. This walk in Essex should take you around 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for all fitness levels.

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One of Europe’s oldest timber framed buildings, Grange Barn has a striking cathedral-like interior that is not to be missed. Explore the barn and then set off along the River Blackwater footpath to Paycocke’s House. Take in St Nicholas’ Chapel and Coggeshall Abbey Guest House Ruins too. This 4.8km circular walk in Essex should take you around 1.5 hours.

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For more walks in Essex, go to the Visit Essex website