Marks Hall - Burton's Green - Nunty's Wood - Bungate Wood - Marks Hall

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Marks Hall - Burton's Green - Nunty's Wood - Grange Wood - Little Monks Wood - Bungate Wood - Marks Hall

Starting at a well-landscaped and managed country estate, with its own visitor centre, lakes, arboretum and deer-park, this walk takes you through the parkland, then past a busy little airfield which is full of interest. After lanes and farmland paths you then walk along a series of tracks through varied woodland. The finishing stretch is a brief section of quiet country lane before you return to the parkland of the estate. Birds, wildlife and wildflowers abound.

There is a charge of £4.50 per person at the car park for the visitor centre, regardless of whether you visit their grounds or not. You can avoid this by starting for example, from Waymark 14 and parking at the roadside where the track sets off through the wood. However, Marks Hall Estate is very pleasant and worth a visit in itself. There is a pleasant cafe and excellent plants are on sale there. The parking cost is inclusive of entry to the arboretum etc. There are also excellent toilets.

In the superb Bouchier's Barn, where the visitor centre is housed, a history of the estate is available and there is a wealth of information about the contribution made by the airfields in the locality to the victory of the air war in WW2.

One word of warning - the tracks through the woods can be very wet after prolonged rain. You will note that the photos show we prepared the walk at just such a time and it makes the going quite hard at times. However, in the right season this walk should prove a real pleasure.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
28/06/2019 - Sid Marks

An excellent walk combined with the country estate makes it an ideal day out.The parking costs £6,but if you arrive on foot you can do this walk without having to pay the fee.There are a few updates. At waymark 4 the path on the right is before the track bears left,not after. At waymark 5,the gate has been replaced with a concrete bollard,the telegraph poles are on your left,not right.The broad track is no longer there,just an overgrown field with a slightly visible path.Head to the bottom right of the field to a gap in the trees which you go through and the airstrip is on your right. At waymark 10,the lone dead tree is no longer there. At waymark 11,the 1747 plaque has been removed.The property named Riefields has been renamed to Silver birches.

24/05/2011 - Shelley and Paul Rowland

We completed this walk on 22nd May 2011 and it is absolutely lovely. There are no roads to walk along which is lovely. Lots and lots to see, pretty views, beautiful homes along the way. Please note that at Point 5 the gate that you go through has been very much overgrown by the trees so you do wonder whether you are on the right track.. You are so don't worry. It is a little tough going alongside the telegraph poles but it is not a problem and very short lived and very well worth it. You come out at the airfield which is very sweet. Just one other tip....quite a lot of the waymark posts have fallen down or missing. The instructions however are very good. Also, the visitor centre that you start and end at has a lovely tea shop for a cuppa and slice of cake. We loved this walk and will definitely do it again in a different season. Thank you Walkingworld.

21/08/2009 - David Pereira and Jeni Chester

David & Jeni, Wednesday OMG it was hot, we re-walked this as we enjoyed it recently, there is a lot more hard tracks than we realized, very dry ground combined with the heat made it harder, but still enjoyable, there was deep wet mud on track along point 12 much worse than before. At point 13 we arrived at Little Nunty's Farm, We Decided to detour to a pub we noted on the map, so we continued along the road and took the 1st Right , then crossed a stile, we then crossed a wide field to arrive at a road, crossed over this to bear Right through another field, coming out at another road and turned Right to the pub, named the Compasses serves food up to 14.30 and closes after last diner finishes from what i could Gather, Be aware a pint of diet coke and a normal size diet coke cost £5.75 it is an expensive pub, Food is not cheap at all either. On leaving the pub we walked back to the signposted footpath and headed towards the marker post directly ahead, we turned Right with the hedge on our Right, crossing 2 fields to join halfway along the track on point 14. (Turn Right, for point 15.) 8.5 miles inc pub.

30/07/2009 - David Pereira and Jeni Chester

30/07/09 We love off road rambling. Wear boots you will need them along point 12. We went on this walk on a dry mild day, be prepared to look for a few of the signs that have been overgrown or knocked down, point 14 signpost is in the ditch. The walk was really enjoyable, we also saw 2 wild deer on one of the tracks before they ran into the woods,loads of ponds around. Excellent walk. The small out of hours car park 20 cars or so, is just before the visitor center car park £2 at the machine,

10/10/2008 - Adrian Perkins

I thought this was a completely wonderful walk – one of the best I have walked in East Anglia. Even the mud was nowhere near as bad as the text warns that it can be.