Chappel - Essex Way - Wakes Colne - Chalkney Wood - Chappel

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We start from the railway station at Chappel (where there is also a railway museum and the possibility of steam train rides). Soon we cross beneath the magnificent viaduct which carries the single-track railway line from Marks Tey to Sudbury.

After this we follow a section of the Essex Way, with excellent views over the valley, then pass through a fruit farm to reach Chalkney Wood and take a superb track through it.

On the return leg we pass a large fishing lake, then walk parallel to the River Colne to arrive back where we started. An excellent walk with something for all the family.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
15/09/2019 - Sid Marks

Re-walked after 6 years,still remains one of my favourites.A few updates required which are,at waymark 6,the hedge gap with the steps are actually in the top right corner of the field,not half way along.At waymark 8 the directions through the fruit farm are as follows,pass the line of alders and continue with the blackberry bushes on your left,not right,as stated.When you reach a junction of paths,turn left with the bushes still on your left.After 50m,turn right on a path between 2 fields and this takes you to the footbridge at Lambert's farm.At waymark 9,the 1st footpath post is laying in the ditch.At waymark 11 after crossing the stile into Chaulkney woods,you need to take the right fork to continue on a broad track.At waymark 15,all stiles have been replaced with kissing gates.

25/09/2017 - Eileen King

Did this walk last week. Really enjoyable with 2 minor issues - - very confusing around the fruit farm . Waymark signs seem to have disappeared and we got a bit lost. Around point 15 the footbridge seems now just to be a plank to balance over and although there was a footpath sign at the bottom of the field the path itself was completely overgrown and had grazing cows and flapping swans straddling it so we retraced our steps back through the wood to re-join the route at Swanscombe Farm. Fortunately the Swan at Chappel serves food all day on Fridays so all ended well! Eileen

04/04/2016 - Shelley and Paul Rowland

Completed this walk on 3rd April 2016. Absolutely beautiful. If you are driving you can easily park in a small car park near The Swan (pub) which is actually at Waymark 2. A slight change at Waymark 8 and 9 as signposts are missing. Once you have passed through the Alder trees you walk with the blackcurrant bushes on your right-hand side but when you come to a t-junction (very soon after passing through the alder trees) you want to turn right and make you way down towards the buildings and high waymark sign. The other field is no longer a blackcurrant bush. Also, at waymark 16 this is like the bog of eternal stench (ha ha) so take it steady at the moment as not easy to pass but once through everything is excellent again. Enjoy

03/03/2013 - Sid Marks

A very pleasant walk through pretty Essex countryside.Excellent walk instructions,and also made it 6.2 miles total distance. A couple of updates are required which are:- At waymark 13,the steps are no longer visible,now just a short mud bank to walk up. At waymark 15,there is now a new kissing gate beside the mill,pass through this,walk up the drive,cross the road,pass more buildings on the right,to reach the path beside the river. At waymark 16,the wire fence has been replaced with a high wooden fence along the path to Swanscombe Farm.

16/10/2009 - Adrian Perkins

Oh, What a Lovely Walk. Thank you Brian and Anne. Walked and updates entered October 2009. Adrian (Admin)