Lamarsh - Alphamstone Circular

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The origin of the name Lamarsh is Anglo-Saxon and probably means 'Loam-stubble land'. In the Domesday Book it was written Lamers. The church has a round tower and octagonal spire and was restored in 1869. The Lamarsh Lion pub has an excellent reputation for its beers and from its beamed interior there are excellent views over the Stour valley.

Alphamstone is also close to the Stour. St Barnabas Church, built of stone and flint, stands on a site designated a Regionally Important Geological Site. This is because it is surrounded by seven sarsen stones, believed to have once been part of a stone circle. In this case it would have been a pagan site of great antiquity and the only stone circle outside the west of England. From the church there are fine views to the south and east.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
9/19/2019 - Sid Marks

An excellent walk. Perfect walk instructions too. Highly recommended. Just a few updates,at the start its easier to park in the village hall 50m down from the church.At waymark 3,the sign to Clees Hall is no longer there.At waymark 9,the path along the bottom edge of a field is impassable due to stinging nettles.I decided to cross the low barbed wire fence on the left and walk along the edge of that field,to a wooden gate.Go through and you will arrive at the road.If you want to leave out that path,at waymark 8,walk down the lane opposite the church,don't fork left to Caldecott,but walk down the road 100m to arrive at waymark 10 on the right.