Bures Hamlet - Wormingford - Mount Bures Circular

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From Bures Hamlet we begin by walking to the wonderful mill house on the River Stour. From here we will follow the course of the river towards Wormingford. This part of the hike is the same as Walk 1145 except that there are now (July 2011) some small diversions in place. This is due to the workings to abstract water from the river and pipe it to Abberton Reservoir, near Colchester, which is being expanded. The whole work is expected to be completed by 2013 although it may well be that the abstraction works are completed earlier, in which case the path will presumably revert to the original route then. Following a short climb to the ridge we can enjoy a broad panorama before making our way via the lovely old church at Wormingford to the main Colchester road. Crossing, we soon reach the Second World War airfield and can pause to enjoy the busy glider-flying programme – weather permitting. Later we have the chance to divert briefly to visit the ancient motte and the unusual old church at Mount Bures before we rejoin the River Stour at the mill house and retrace our footsteps to the start. The hike begins in Suffolk but in fact the majority of it is in Essex, since the County boundary is the River Stour.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
04/01/2020 - Jim Arymar

I am grateful for the comments made by Sid and have incorporated most of them into the revised text. Unfortunately as I no longer live in the area I am unable to update the step pictures where it would have been better to have done so. Jim Arymar

27/12/2019 - Sid Marks

Re-walked this one after 7 years and thoroughly enjoyed it again. I started the walk from Bures railway station, it only adds 0.8miles to the walk. There's quite a few updates for this walk which are... At waymark 4, all stiles have been replaced with gates. At waymark 8, the old gate has now been replaced. At waymark 9, the village shop is now closed down.At waywark 11, where the path brings you out to the road,you need to turn left to reach the footbridge over the stream,not right. At waymark 13,after crossing the small field to the trees,the 3 steps mentioned are at least 350m away,not 150m. At waymark 16, after crossing the Cambridge stream and a stile, the field now has an electric fence around it. So turn right over the stile,then in the field corner turn left to follow an enclosed path up to Valley green farm.

05/08/2013 - Kevin Hilton

We did this lovely walk on a sunny Sunday in August 2013. The abstraction work outlined in Jim's excellent directions is long gone. A walk with a bit of everything. Highly recommended.

22/08/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Sid Marks for his update for this walk. August 2012. Adrian (Admin)

20/08/2012 - Sid Marks

A very nice relaxing walk with some great views, recommended. There is a choice of 2 pubs to visit, the 1st one is at waymark 10: if you turn right on the Colchester Rd, The Crown Pub is 100 yards down on the right, the other one is at waymark 15: turn right down Hall Road, and The Thatchers Arms can be found 100 yards down on the right. Both have excellent beer gardens.