Purleigh - Cock Clarks - Woodham Mortimer - Hazeleigh - Purleigh

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Starting from the little village school in Purleigh, you follow a section of the long distance path known as St Peter's Way. Soon rising, you have the first of many good views and the undulations throughout this walk ensure a succession of surprisingly good vantage points. After a couple of short sections of country lane and some varied field-paths, you pass Cock Clarks and leave St Peter's Way to head NW. Another section beside a road brings you to the NE corner of Hyde Woods and you then enjoy a superb woodland path, before emerging into more fields just south of Woodham Mortimer. Passsing through Hazeleigh, you continue east to Hazeleigh Hall from where your route is southwards and after a walk through a vineyard, you return to Purleigh.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
27/05/2019 - Kevin Hilton

We completed this walk at the end of May 2019 and very good it is too. Lots of interest along the way and some very peaceful countryside. Having said that, there are three short road sections where great care must be taken. Also, several sections of path were starting to get very overgrown and this was only May. Overall a really rewarding walk that our phone recorded as 8.5 miles.

12/06/2009 - David Pereira and Jeni Chester

New off road ramblers. Dave & Jeni. good warm breezy day, we got bit off track with some directions, but nice walk.

24/01/2009 - Tracey Mueller

Dec 08 I agree especially after point 5 the path across the field is cultivated. We used the position of the power cables on the map as our guide to find the exit to the road. A good walk but be ready to go around a field instead of across it.

31/05/2006 - Les Page

Although classified as an Easy walk, the paths (in part) haven't been well maintained by the farmers and are often overgrown with thistles and nettles (May 2006). I would recommend boots and gaiters to protect your legs. Other than that, a very enjoyable walk.