Walking in Essex

Whether you're after a long ramble or a short stroll, we know of some great walks you might like to try. From exploring Hatfield Forest to some of our hidden gems like Danbury Common and Blake's Wood, why not pull on those walking books and head out on one of our trails?

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

Grange Barn and Paycockes circular walk

Step out on a walk from the Barn through the Essex countryside to another Trust property, Paycocke’s House. Walking along the River Blackwater this three mile circilar walk takes you right back to where you started .

Couple walking on Danbury Common, Essex
Take a walk on Danbury Common National Trust Images / Tudor Morgan-Owen

Danbury Common to Lingwood Common walk

Follow this waymarked trail and discover open heathland, wooded glades, wetland and all the wildlife that thrive in the variety of habitats.

A footpath through Lingwood Common, Essex
Follow the footpath on Lingwood Common National Trust Images / Tudor Morgan-Owen

Lingwood Common to Blakes Wood walk

Take this waymarked trail between the two commons, passing through a mix of environments including open heathland, wooded glades, plus an area of wetland that’s a haven for wildlife.

Bluebells at Blakes Wood, Essex, in spring
Be amongst the bluebells in Blakes Wood, in spring National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

Blake's Wood to Lingwood Common walk

Find your way to Lingwood Common on this easy-to-follow walking trail, enjoy some great views over the Essex countryside and enjoy peaceful spots within the woods.

Tree growing in open parkland in May at Hatfield Forest
Enjoy the varied scenery of a stroll through Hatfield Forest National Trust Images / David Levenson

Forest walk at Hatfield Forest

Discover the sights that make the forest a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest with wildlife and wildflowers to spot in summer.

Woodland pasture and a few scattered trees at Takeley Hill
Discover different aspects of the forest in this varied walk National Trust Images / Britainonview / Rod Edwards

Hatfield Flitch Way and forest walk

A circular family walk through the forest, where the ancient trees are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use.

Woodland pasture carpeted in buttercups
Enjoy a stroll through woodland pasture, carpeted in buttercups in May National Trust Images / David Levenson

Hatfield Forest golden boots walk

The plains at Hatfield can be walked at any time of the year, but are carpeted by 300 million buttercups in early summer; so this is the time to appreciate them at their best.

A former station platform on the Flitch Way
Enjoy a stroll along the Flitch way and discover the former Stane Street Christopher Connell

Hatfield Takeley to Wall Wood walk

Our exhilarating walk includes the old Bishop's Stortford to Braintree Railway Line (Flitch Way), the Forest Way, ancient Hatfield Forest and Wall Wood.

Ancient oak and hornbeam trees in autumn
Come and discover the ancient trees of the Forest National Trust / Stephen Robson

Hatfield Forest tree walk

On this gentle circular walk you'll pass a variety of interesting trees that make the forest a site of great historical and ecological importance.

Paycocke's is a half-timbered 16th century merchant's house
Take yourself back to the 16th century by taking a stroll around Tudor Coggeshall James Butler

Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk

Step back in time to the year 1512 and get a fascinating insight into Tudor life as you walk through Coggeshall.