South Woodham Ferrers - Stow Maries Aerodrome - South Woodham Ferrers

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A circular walk from South Woodham Ferrers, taking in a WW1 aerodrome and a real ale pub and with extensive views to the River Crouch.

Stow Maries is probably the best preserved WW1 airfield in the country. It was built in 1916 to help protect London from Zeppelins and fixed-wing bomber attacks. The airfield closed down at the end of the war and the buildings found other uses for agriculture and accommodation. Many were preserved and the aerodrome is now home to a small museum. It is also well-known for its wildlife, with many species of owls breeding in the old buildings. In 2014 it featured on BBC's Winter Watch programme. Note that it is not always open, so check the programme at

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Birds, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Toilets
31/12/2018 - Paul James

The hill (known locally as Radar Hill) has been bought for development and is now fenced off. Follow the instructions at point 1 until you reach a barbed wire fence. Turn right and continue on the footpath until you reach a road junction, then turn left up Crows lane to reach waypoint 3 (now on your right) At the end of the waypoint 9 instructions turn left onto Crows lane again, and follow the lane downhill to the junction. The footpath you used on the outbound leg will be on your right

25/09/2013 - Paul James

The off road parts of this walk are all over arable land, however dogs need to be under close control near the airfield.