Friday Wood - Abberton - Malting Green - Layer-de-la-Haye - Friday Wood

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Friday Wood - Abberton - Malting Green - Layer-de-la-Haye - Roman River - Friday Wood

You start from a free car park at the edge of Friday Wood. This is an area used by the MoD and when signs indicate it is in use, some care may be required. Your walk crosses and recrosses the Roman River several times. It also takes you on field-paths from which you have excellent views over the large Abberton Reservoir, with Mersea Island and the Blackwater Estuary also in the distance. This is an area favoured by birdwatchers and you should see a large variety of birds. After passing Layer de la Haye Church, more field and woodland paths and a stretch of country lane bring you back in due course to your start point.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Play Area, River, Stately Home, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
14/09/2019 - Sid Marks

Really enjoyed this walk,some of the directions need careful navigating to complete this walk.A few updates,which are,you can no longer park at the Friday Woods car park,it has been sealed off.There's no parking any where near the start of this walk now,so the best place to start this walk is at the church at waymark 12,plenty of parking here,CO2 0EW.At waymark 1,i followed David And Jeni's route from the comments,perfect.At waymark 6,you don't turn left into Abberton Rd as you are already on it after crossing the Roman River.Just head uphill on the road and the footpath is on the left opposite the 1st property on the right.At waymark 8,the stile has now gone,just a gap in the hedge.At waymark 9,head to the right of the solo house in the distance,the path runs along side its garden to the road.At waymark 10,after bearing left over the stile,the broad grass ride is straight on,not to the right as stated.At the top of the grass track,turn right to get to the stony track.All stiles at waymark 12 have been replaced with kissing gates.

19/11/2013 - andrea bunn

My comment on this walk has disappeared but I agree with last 2 comments that the walk through Friday Wood does not have to be so complicated!

19/11/2013 - andrea bunn

I didn't read these comments or would not have followed the directions given. As it was we abandoned walk at 4 and went on our own straightforward way. It doesn't have to be so complicated to get through Friday Wood!

13/06/2009 - David Pereira and Jeni Chester

13/06/09 new off road ramblers, Dave & Jeni of Essex, have to agree with Edward, got totally messed up at the woods for about 45 mins as were another couple. Note. Enter car park, at MOD notice board directly in front, walk directly ahead on hard path, do not turn off, follow to end of path. Do not follow permissive arrow left, continue down thinner track and follow to a gap or the 3 posts in hedge by the road. turn left on the road to a small bridge, this is point 6 continue up road to junction, turn left and on your right join the footpath just before the bend in the road. this is point 7, the rest of the walk was excellent. Chest woods require good navigation. not an idiot proof walk, which was a shame.   

09/11/2007 - Edward Lyons

Two fairly experienced walkers were completely baffled by the directions through Friday Wood and lost so much time getting to point 6 that the walk had to be curtailed. Specifically, there are no waymarks at crossing 4; references to a T-junction and further turns after the power lines made no sense to us; and 5 is surely wrongly pinpointed on the map. Sorry to be negative, but we do feel rather thwarted.