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Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk


With its astonishing cathedral-like interior, Grange Barn is one of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings. This pleasant circular country walk takes you from the Barn, round to Paycocke's House, via the Essex Way, and along the River Blackwater footpath.

An old red brick church with no tower set in a green field
St Nicholas church a sight the Abbey monks would recognise Sarah Barfoot


Map route for Coggeshall Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk
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Grange Barn car park, grid ref: TL848223


Exit Grange Barn car park and turn right on to Essex Way going straight through Grange Farm and keeping the hedgerow initially on your left hand side. Once past a large oak tree, the hedgerow comes over to the right. Keep going until the end of this hedgerow. Look out for rabbits and pheasants in the fields either side.

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Grange Barn, Essex dates from the 13th century.
Coggeshall Grange Barn, Essex Graham Mansell


Turn right off Essex Way at end of hedgerow and walk down by side of another hedgerow on right. Go over a small bridge in the corner then bear right and left and aim towards an arched footbridge (Nunn's footbridge) over the river. Look out for a variety of wild flowers and watch out for boggy areas after rainfall.

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Nunn's Footbridge Coggeshall
Nunn's Footbridge over the River Blackwater, dates from 1896 Graham Mansell


Carefully cross over the river at the arched footbridge then turn right and follow the river along the footpath. Look out for any wildlife activity in the river and/or observe the general area for trees and plants. Follow the footpath, round the horseshoe in river, and roughly 5 minutes later go left on path and up to the right side of Coggeshall Town football club and up to the main road (West Street).

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View of a swan on the Blackwater River Coggeshall
Blackwater River with swan Graham Mansell


Now turn right and in approximately 200 yds or so you will reach West Street Vineyard, which is well worth a visit.

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West Street Vineyard Coggeshall
West Street Vineyard near Paycocke's House, Coggeshall Michael Graham


After visiting West Street Vineyard, retrace your steps, cross over the road, turn right, then left at footpath sign. Keep on footpath through gate then keep ahead (electric fencing on left) to second gate, with paddock on your left. Keep straight ahead with wall on your right. Cross straight over track and onto open field. Take right fork by some trees and with copse on your right, keep ahead until next path junction.


At path junction turn right through the gate, through car park to main road. Cross over road turn right and along to Paycocke's House.

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Paycockes House dates from around 1500
Paycockes House dates from around 1500 and is built on top of a Raman road James Butler


On exiting Paycocke's, turn right along West Street - there's a memorial garden on right hand side that's worth a detour. Go straight over at road junction to the next junction at The White Hart Hotel close to town.


At The White Hart Hotel junction you have the option of going into town and exploring the antique shops and cafés and look out for the Victorian Clock Tower. Otherwise, turn right at this junction, signposted Kelvedon and Grange Barn. Before the bridge there's a picnic area on right-hand side where ducks will often be seen. Cross the bridge and half way up hill to the Essex Way by Grange Barn.

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Coggeshall Victorian Clock Tower
Coggeshall Victorian Clock Tower was built in 1887 Michael Graham


You now have the option to cross over the road from Grange Barn and follow the Essex Way footpath eastwards to see both St Nicholas Chapel (originally part of the Abbey and restored in 1956) and after another 10-minute walk, the 'guesthouse' Abbey ruins, further down on the left.

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Coggeshall Abbey ruins became Cistercian in 1147
Coggeshall Abbey Guest House ruins Graham Mansell


At the Abbey ruins, return back along the Essex Way, cross over main road then back into Coggeshall Grange Barn. Spend some time here if you did not do it earlier, and look at the exhibits.


Grange Barn car park, grid ref: TL848223

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Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk


Paths are muddy and boggy after wet weather, so boots may be necessary. Be careful on the river bridge. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs welcome, but please keep under close control when on pavements and also at Grange Barn, and must be kept on a lead in Paycocke's garden. Please clear up any dog litter.

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk

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Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk

How to get here

Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1RE
By train

Kelvedon, 2.5 miles (4km).

By road

A120, Braintree to Colchester, then take roads off the Coggeshall by-pass into the town, then 0.25 miles (0.5km) south from centre of Coggeshall.

By foot

The Essex Way, Harwich to Epping, passes right by the Grange Barn.

By bus

First 70/70x, Braintree to Colchester.

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: at Grange Barn. Mobility car park
  • WCs: adapted toilet next to main barn
  • Food and drink: many outlets available in town. Tea shop in Paycocke's