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 boots and head out on one of our trails?

Close up of the exterior of Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill a Wee Wander

Take a circular walk from Bourne Mill, visiting the streets of Colchester where pubs were built in the 19th century.

Couple walking on Danbury Common, Essex

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

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

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

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.

An old red brick church with no tower set in a green field

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 .

Woodland pasture and a few scattered trees at Takeley Hill

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

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.

Ancient oak and hornbeam trees in autumn

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.

View of the causeway across the Blackwater Estuary to Northey Island, Maldon, Essex, at low tide.

Northey Island circular walk

Take a circular walk to Northey Island or just walk along the sea wall.

Paycocke's is a half-timbered 16th century merchant's house

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.