Elsenham - Henham - Plegdon Green -Elsenham

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Elsenham is on the main railway line between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge. In fact the walk starts either from its railway station or its nearby car park. You soon enter farmland and progress to the attractive little village of Henham. Here you pass ponds all along the main street and a farm which has all the appearance of being traditionally British, with its duckpond etc, but you then turn a corner to find a field inhabited by llamas! They will be at least as curious to see you as you are to see them! From here you pass on along a pleasant and lengthy green lane (Chickney Lane). Leaving this, you walk through a wood. Then after more farmland you walk through the tiny village of Plegdon Green. The sound of the name is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy, but there is no apparent connection. There are, however, a number of quaint and beautiful cottages in the village. More farmland walking brings you back to Elsenham and finally the station, or across the level-crossing to the car park.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
29/05/2017 - Emma Collins

We did this walk yesterday. There are some lovely views of the Essex countryside and the walk is great for plan spotting. However we made a grave mistake in wearing shorts; currently parts of the walk are heavily overgrown with stinging nettles and our legs got wrecked :-( waypoints 2, 20 and 21 are particularly bad. Other points to note: Waypoint 8: Lookout for the sweet llamas Waypoint 19: For a short period, you have to walk through the golf course, so watch out for flying balls. Waypoint 20: There were two friendly, but very large horses in the second field. Waypoint 21: “Carry on by the wooden fence on your right and cross another style” The path up to the stile is blocked by brambles/stinging nettles. Go under the broken fence and you will be in the same small field where the stile leads to. The small gate is in the right corner of the field. Waypoint 23: Most of the instructions didn’t make sense to us, this is probably because there is a lot of new development in the area. We got back to the station by walking along the B1051 then turned left into Station Road. Top tip – Wear long trousers

02/04/2016 - John Faulkner

We did this route today, overall we thought it was great. It's worth mentioning that the station car park is huge and almost empty on Saturdays. Be careful with your mapping between waypoints 11 -13, the official waymarkers are broken and hard to spot.

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